My Report on Slumgum
Today was the day to deal with the Slumgum. A rather messy process. Sticky too.
Before that however, I needed to clean out the freezer. (no, these two things are in no way related, just had to be done.) I know one finds strange things, sometimes unknown things when one cleans out the freezer, but I have to say I was rather surprised to find, well, a bird. Not the eating kind. The kind with feathers. Must talk to the Birdchick about that, can't possibly belong to anyone else.
(I was going to post a picture, but looking at it, I think not. It will go back into the freezer until such a time as it is needed for , well, whatever it is needed for)
Slumgum. Right. It is what is left, wax, and Stuff, after the honey has all been strained out.
That's it still wrapped in the cheesecloth. Here it is out of it's cheesecloth. Lovely, isn't it?
There are many methods of extracting the Beeswax from the Slumgum (I love that word!) My favorite (and the only one I know) is to heat it in a big old pot (the operative word being OLD pot, you will not be using this pot for anything else. Ever. It looks like this melted:
After it has melted, you strain it thru more cheesecloth, and a strainer, which we have no photos of, as it is a two handed process, and quite impossible to let go with one hand and try and take the shot with the other, with a camera that has no screen. I know this.
When it cools, you have wax:
Pop it out and you have this:
Now, this big question: What do I DO with it?? Make a candle? Something else? Anyone know?
I put the rest of the Slumgum (She says to use the word one more time) out for the Bees, who love it. I should also mention that the Oysterband makes a lovely soundtrack for a day of Slumglumming (she says, making up a new word)
Just about perfect.
Love and Bees,