Candid Reflections

October 12, 2009

Honey… mouthwatering

Filed under: Life in the Sticks — candid reflections @ 8:19 pm

We recently harvested our first season’s honey, with the help of our good friends Neris, Wendy, and girls.  It was a fine excuse to get together and enjoy a lovely afternoon!

The first step in harvesting honey is to prepare yourself some nice, thick smoke (as seen coming from the smoker in the picture below.)  As you can imagine, removing frames of honeycomb from the hive tends to upset the little worker bees within, and if you’re not carefull you just might get yourself stung!   Smoke helps to disorient the bees, thus making it easier to make off with their summer’s work before they have enough time to get mad.   

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Mmmmmm Mmmmmm, would you look at that!

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Some of the bees will have to be physically brushed away from the honeycomb, now those are some loyal girls I tell ya!

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Some people use an extracting machine which spins the frames within a big drum until the honey is extracted and ready to pour into jars.  We, on the other hand, ended up extracting our honey the old fashioned way – scraping it out with a spoon, wax and all.

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We scraped the honey into a fine mesh bag, which we then hung from the side of a big pot to drain for a couple of days. 

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Eventually the honey drains into the pan and we’re left with a bag of wax and several jars of liquid gold.  Mmmmmm Mmmmmm good.

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The color of the honey is determined by what is in bloom at the time of production.  The honey above is most likely a product of the Japanese Knotweed which has been in bloom most recently.  There was also a variety of light colored honey in the hive from earlier in the season, most likely made from the blackberry blossoms and clover of early summer.

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4 Comments »

  1. I hope you have enough to share!;)

    Comment by sue — October 13, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  2. 😉

    Comment by candid reflections — October 13, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  3. That is so cool michelle! Loved those pics. I read The Secret Life Of Bee’s about 8 years ago and ever since I really appreciate what they do and I am way calmer when they are around. Good for you guys. Beautiful!

    Comment by Molly — October 14, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

  4. Hi Molly! I heard that was a good book, in fact, didn’t they make a documentary movie of that? Bees are such fascinating and productive creatures, they make me feel so lazy!

    Comment by candid reflections — October 16, 2009 @ 5:02 pm


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