Rainy days and Sundays always get me down when I can not garden!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive" Dale Carnegie

Raw, "wild flower" honey from our hives.
Uncapping fork and knife.

Our hives.
Removing the waxed cappings from the frames....
...to reveal the honey inside the comb.

Perforating the honey cells with the uncapping fork  This helps the honey to flow out of the cells during the extraction process.
Once uncapped the frames are placed into the extractor. 

It's time to give the extractor a spin....for 5 minutes!!!  Our extractor is a hand cranked model!

The honey is run through a strainer to remove any leftover wax or other particles.   
The aftermath. 
A by-product of harvesting honey, the cappings can be melted down and used for other purposes.

Bees cleaning up anything left on frames.

"If everything is honey
And I am what I eat
I must bee made of honey
And life is very sweet"
From Winnie The Pooh - Everything Is Honey

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