Today, I experimented with making pollen patties. Pollen patties add vital nutrients to the bee's diet. They are great for winter time when sugar syrup is being fed. The original recipe that I used had to be altered a bit, so I basically ended up combining two recipes that I found online. But, they turned out great!
Pollen Patty Recipe:
1. Line multiple (depends on quantities) oven-safe containers with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350.
2. First, combine 2 part hot water (and when I say hot, I mean almost boiling) and 1 parts sugar, as if you were making sugar water.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 parts pollen pellets and 2 parts whole wheat flour until well combined
4. Combine liquids and solids until creating a cake-like mixture.
5. Add 1 part honey to this mixture.
6. Press "dough" onto parchment paper and bake for about 15-20 minuted depending on the size of your pollen patty.
7. Let cool on counter overnight, and then place in refrigerator until use.
When feeding to bees, simply remove from parchment paper and place on top of frames.
Candy Board Recipe (adapted from Beverly Bees)
Makes one pollen patty sized piece.
1. Line flat container with parchment paper and flatten to sides.
2. Mix together 3 cups sugar with 1/4 cup HOT water until sugar is mostly dissolved.
3. Pour into parchment paper lined container.
4. Let sit for at least 24 hours or until solid.