A Job Well Done

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Our bees are done making honey for the year.  They gave us almost 20 gallons the past few months.  We left each hive a full super of honey (that’s the support that holds 9 full frames) to last the winter and also have started feeding them.  We’ll continue to feed until it gets too cold out to open the hive.  I’ve included a few photos from our last harvest.  We bring the frames full of capped honey into our kitchen where we slice off the wax caps from both sides of the frame.  Two frames at a time go into our extractor, which spins the frames so the honey is removed using centrifical force.  The extractor has a gate valve at the bottom where the honey pools, along with bits of the comb.  We filter that into a large food grade container and bottle right from there using a ladle into sterile jars.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gloria
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 10:19:25

    what do you do with the wax?

    Reply

  2. Connie
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 10:34:27

    I make beeswax candles.

    Reply

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