Honey

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

We started keeping bees this year.

So far, it has been fun and rewarding. The hive is doing well and our garden is fully pollinated. I didn’t expect to harvest honey this year, but the girls were packing it in so well that we decided to steal two frames.

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Since we don’t have an extractor, we decided to go “foundation-less”. The natural comb is simply cut from the frames.

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We kept some of the comb whole. The rest was mashed (by my little helper).

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Next, the honey/wax mixture was placed in a colander to filter overnight. The next day, we bottled 8 jars of raw honey.

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The leftover wax was placed in the oven at a low heat. After it melted, we were surprised to fill on more jar just from the honey that had separated.

Not bad for just 2 frames!

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