When adding my foundationless frames some time ago, I had to remove some of Peter’s frames to make room. I put them in the freezer to kill any potential eggs but I wasn’t thinking about the thawing. Well, needless to say condensation built up on the outside of the wax because I didn’t wrap each individual frame and leave it wrapped during thawing. By leaving it wrapped you allow the condensation to build up on the wrapping and not the wax. If water is left on the wax during crush and strain, the water will mix with the honey and lead to fermentation. Normally, honey extracted correctly and kept with a lid on (to prevent the honey from absorbing moisture from the air), is good forever. Even if it crystallizes, which pretty much all honey will do at some point, it is still good honey! DO NOT THROW AWAY CRYSTALLIZED HONEY! Just set it in a pot of warm water and the honey will become liquid again.
To dry off the condensation, I set the frames up in the basement and put a fan on them for about 2 days. Worked like a charm.
Peter’s frames all have plastic foundation. It was actually very easy to scrape off the honey comb:
The frames above I put over Demeter and when people say the bees will clean out the remainder, they weren’t kidding! In one day both frames where completely cleaned of any honey and I just pulled them out. Incredible. I even left the spoon out!