[NWIN Beekeeper. I like your posts. They are very informative and have much credibility. I believe you have a pretty good handle on what information you are speaking to us about, that is good.]
Thank you for the kind words!
You won't find too much fluff from me.
Either I am doing it, did it, or I have a few sources that I trust as well as myself.
Otherwise I leave the topic alone.
With enough curiosity, eventually you try just about everything and it fails about 80% of the time.
But with that much failure, when the 20% goes right - it feels easy like second nature.
That progress is very fun to share.
[I can't wait until I place that pollen ball on the wax paper and out of my hands. ]
Oh come on Cindi, only rookies need to touch the pollen mix!
Set yourself up a scale and small cookie sheet with the wax paper.
Then with a big wooden spoon, flick a pound or two on and fold over the paper.
Press it out flat and freeze with the paper (you are leaving the paper on right? Keeps it moist)
Pull them out when you need them and strike your hive tool across the surface a few times.
If you're really slick, your dog can clean out the mixing bowl and beaters.
(except, I don't want any birthday cakes from your house after you do this!!)
The bowl and beaters will be clean and ready for the next batch.
Besides a dogs mouth is cleaner than a humans anyhow (except, I don't lick myself, much).
OK, I am joking, you don't want to give your dog the runs.