Extraction of honey /

Below you can four steps about our own honey

Extraction of honey

Here is you can see how we harvest our honey:

Do you raise bees? If so, have you attempted to harvest your own honey yet? Well, we have been raising bees form 1933 and have harvested our own honey each year. We recently just pulled honey from our hives last week. So we wanted to share with you how we did this in hopes to help those who are considering raising bees or are looking for resources on how to harvest their own honey.

Here is how we harvest our honey:

Step1. Pull the frames

We begin the process by removing the frames from the hive. You don't want to pull the frame that has brood on it.

Instead, you want to only pull the frames that have honey in them and the honey has been capped. You may wonder what it means for the honey to be 'capped.'

Well, when the bees are done filling in the frame, they will go over each cell and 'cap' it with their wax. Bees are very interesting creatures that have very unique methods. The reason they cap it is to keep any water from getting in the honey and causing it to spoil.

Actually, when bees are in the honey making process they will fan the honey to help pull the moisture out. Then when the moisture levels are right, they'll cap it.

Bees, they are very interesting creatures that are also very complex.

Step2. Uncap the Honey

Next in the process, you'll want to uncap the honey. When harvesting your goal is not to store the honey (as the bee's goal was), you are looking to pull the honey out of the frame.

So you'll have to remove the wax from each of the cells. There are multiple methods to accomplish this.First, you can use the fork method. There is an uncapping fork that you can purchase that will slide into each cell and gently pull the wax cover off of the frame.

However, this method takes a while because you are pulling each individual cell's wax loose. If you have only a hive or two, then this method might work.For us, we usually have anywhere from 10-30 hives per year. Obviously, this method isn't quite as efficient as what we might need.

Second, you can use the roller method. You can purchase a roller uncapper. Instead of pulling each individual cell loose of the wax like you do with the fork method, you just roll this contraption over the frames and it pulls the wax loose.However, the downside to this method is that it pushes some of the wax into the honey. It won't hurt anything to ingest, but you probably don't want wax in your honey. Especially if you are intending to sell the honey.

Finally, there is the knife method. This doesn't require any special tools besides a sharp knife. You will have to put adequate space between frames inside the hive.

Then the bees will actually build the comb out a little past the edge of each frame. So then you can just run the sharp knife down the edge of the comb and remove all of the wax at once. It is very efficient and doesn't get wax into your honey.

As you can probably tell, this is the method that we use with our own bees because of how efficient the process is.

Step3. Place the Frames in the Extractor

Once all of the caps have been removed from the frames it is time to extract the honey. We use a honey extractor.

Now, there are different options for a honey extractor. When we first began we had a hand cranked honey extractor. It worked just fine but grew time-consuming and tiresome as the number of hives grew.

So we just recently upgraded to an electric extractor.

Regardless of the type of extractor you have, you'll just place the frames in the extractor and either turn the extractor on or crank it round and round.

As you the extractor turns, it slings the honey out of the frames and into a pan at the bottom which holds all of your honey for you.

Once you have pulled all of the honey out of the frames in the extractor, you'll want to dump the honey into a food grade bucket and repeat the process until all of the honey has been extracted from all of the frames.

Step4. Bottle the Honey

Finally, you'll want to store your honey. You will have placed your honey into a food grade bucket. I recommend that you use a bucket like this that has the release valve in it. It makes filling your bottles or jars much easier.

Then you'll get your glass jars or your bottles and place them at the honey gate (or release valve) of the bucket. You'll open the valve until the bottle or jar is filled, then close it.

Then you'll repeat the process again and again until all of the honey has been bottled and stored. You will not need to refrigerate the honey or anything like that. Real honey does not go bad. It may crystalize, but even so, just pop it in hot water for 10-20 seconds and it will liquify all over again.

And that is all there is to extracting your own honey.

Honey Extraction

Removing wax

Bee wax removing with a knife...

Centrifugal system

Place the Frames in to the Extractor...

Bottle the Honey

place the bottles at the honey gate...

Serving Honey

not need to refrigerate the honey...

Testimonials

"Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers,arthrities and heart disease."

"Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. "

"Eating dried figs along with honey to enhance athletic performance.It can maintain glycogen levels and improve recovery time than any sweeteners."

"A single dose of honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep."