Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Honey collecting

This post is a little late, but thought it was still worth documenting. Last December our beekeeper gave us the frames of honey from our hive to extract honey from and allowed us to keep it (it's technically hers). Most of the time, beekeepers carve off the caps of the honeycomb with a hot knife and use a centrifugal force machine to get it out. Since this was a very small-scale operation, we just strained the honey and wax through a cheese cloth and a sieve. It was a slow process that took about 2 days to work its way through.

Sweet, sweet licking.
Straining the honey from the wax.

The honey that is from our hive is on the left and the honey from the U of M that we bought is on the right. You can see a distinct difference in the color. Typically honey is heated up and kind of dehydrated so it will last longer, but our honey is raw and, if left for a long time, would ferment. We have gone though it so fast that that will not be a problem for us. We harvested about 2 bigger mason jars of our honey and one of the smaller ones that is on the left here. We are basically all out and it is April. 

Raw honey has some medicinal benefits and we have all been taking it at the first sign of a cold with some cinnamon due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties and we have essentially been cold free up until last week.

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