Last autumn we extracted our first honey from one of our beehives. Here is a photo collection showing the process.
The first job is to remove the waxy caps over the cells of honey. This requires a sharp knife and a steady hand!
The next job is to the spin the frames of honey in a centrifuge. This separates the honey from the wax comb – it’s so easy even a child can do it!
Kriss then inspected the frames to check all the honey has spun out. If not we had plenty of little hands eager to have another go at cranking the handle.
Finally, the moment of truth as I opened the tap at the bottom of the barrel and waited for the honey to flow….
While we were waiting for the honey to flow out, there was plenty of time to sneak a taste from the tray of waxy capping removed earlier.
Once the honey had been collected, we filtered it through on of the filters normally used for goats milk and collected the clear honey in jugs and jars.
And here is some of the final product, we ended up with just over ten pounds of clear brown honey – delicious!