A Blog by Chicken Wrangler Sara
Beekeeper Brian’s bees have been pretty productive this year so we were able to get honey for the first time in several years. I had forgotten what an interesting process it is.
First Brian removed the frames of honey and comb from the hive. He used a special spray designed to drive the bees away. This was especially important since we were bringing them into the kitchen.
Then the very edge of the comb is cut to remove the wax caps.
Then it is a matter of physics – specifically centrifugal force.
The metal tub containing the frames is spun forcing the honey to vacate the comb.
The liquid gold is then put through a sieve to remove large pieces of comb and collected into a five-gallon bucket.
The last step is to put it in bottles to be used in tea, on yogurt, or just licked off a spoon. At the end of the process, there was sticky honey everywhere in the kitchen including on the heads of two dogs.
But having honey from our own front yard makes it all worth the effort.