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Hey guys, I harvested a couple kilos of pollen today. 

 

My questions are:

 

•what the hell do I do with it? 

 

•do I need to keep in the fridge tonight or will it be ok in a pale until the morning when I buy a dehydrator.

 

•any thoughts on the source of all the brown stuff? 80% of it is brown pollen. 

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Straight into freezer. It grows nasties pretty quick. 

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@Stoney cheers. Have just popped the pale into the deep freeze. I guess I’ll just keep loading up the pale one or two days per week until it’s full then try process and dehydrate it somehow. I might try keep a pale for mixing up and making spring time patties also. 

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If your planning to feed to bees remember it can contain AFB spores.

You would want to sort out what your going to do with it as that will determine how you treat it.. 

a couple of kilos for your bees will keep in the freezer as it is til next season.. 

human consumption is a diffferent story.

 

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@Stoney I’d be pretty confident that there’s no afb spores as there aren’t many other hives in my area and I’ve inspected mine recently. But I see your point. 

For human consumption yeah well I’m pretty sure dehydrating will increase shelf life and mean I can sell ‘off the shelf’? I imagine it’ll involve spilling out small amounts onto a screen, sieving, then going through with a tweezers and good lighting?

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We harvest pollen by the ton in spring it goes into freezers then frozen transport to the buyer where it’s processed. 

Ive heard of semi commercial guys building a set up to blow out the bee parts etc using a small hopper where the pollen falls out the bottom in a controlled stream and they have air like a hair dryer blowing across it which removes the particles but can give you no further info as I’ve never seen the set up. 

Good luck with it anyway, a good side effect of collecting spring pollen is the reduction in swarm urge build up through the theft of resources for a small period.. 

that said they do still swarm through the trap if they need to. 

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On 10/12/2018 at 9:49 PM, JasonK said:

•any thoughts on the source of all the brown stuff? 80% of it is brown pollen. 

 

The brown stuff is likely clover pollen.

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How did you collect the pollen?

 

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1 minute ago, jiffa said:

How did you collect the pollen?

 

With a pollen trap. (available from all beekeeping suppliers)

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