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Why Beekeeping is the Ultimate Hobby in Self Sufficiency

When I first wanted to become a beekeeper it was because I read a little bit about bees and found them fascinating.  What I didn't think much about was the products you harvest from the hive. I knew beekeepers harvested honey, but that was the extent of what I knew. However there are endless possibilities of what you can do with honey, beeswax and propolis, so let's get started!

Uses for Honey

Cooking with Honey

Honey is the only food that never goes bad. 2,000 year old honey was found in King Tut's tomb and it was still edible! Honey isn't just for sweetening your tea. I use a light honey like Mesquite to sweeten my coffee because it has a very mild flavor. I prefer darker honeys like Macadamia Blossom to drizzle over pancakes and waffles and honeys that are not as sweet such as clover are great when cooking a teriyaki sauce or on cheese and crackers. 

Honey can be used anytime a recipe calls for sugar or corn syrup. Here's my cooking...

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How to Make a Solar Wax Melter Out of a Cooler. Takes 10 Minutes. No Tools Needed!

There are different ways to make a solar wax melter. The way I did it is probably the easiest and the fastest way to make one. That's why I chose this design, after all. I have an 18 month old child running around trying to throw his toys into the toilet. I don't have the time to build even the simplest of things. Here in Hawaii, we gets lots of sun and this design works great. However, I also include a few ways to make yours work better if you don't get as much sun.

Here's how you can make a solar wax melter in under 10 minutes



  • cooler without a lid (or hinge) over the opening
  • piece of glass or thick plexiglass that is large enough to cover the top of the cooler
  • 2 clamps tall enough to hold the glass over the cooler or heavy rocks to put on the corners
  • #8 hardware cloth OR a strainer
  • aluminum pan large enough to cover the bottom of the cooler


A few things to mention about the materials. I used a styrofoam cooler because it was the...

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