Here are some photos from our first harvest. It has been a beautiful learning experience. What stuck with me the most at the end of the process is that good honey is the result of a hives healthy relationship with nature and the process of getting it from the comb to the table is one that can’t be rushed. Not all honeys are created equal, and that there is no substitute for pure raw honey!
Our friend Rhan cutting the comb, leaving some behind as a guide for the bees to build from. We practice foundationless beekeeping which means we use no plastic guides or comercial wax. It is as natural as you can get in in our type of hive (Langstroth).
Honey comb right after harvest.
In order to separate the honey from the crushed comb we used a gravity filtration system consisting of 2 food grade 5 gallon buckets stacked on top of each other with cheese clothe between the two. The top bucket holds the comb and has holes drilled into the bottom. The honey is filtered down through the cheese cloth, through the holes and into the lower bucket. When a good amount accumulated in the lower bucket we uncorked another hole drilled into the bottom and let the honey flow out into jars.
Viola! Carl making sure to get the last of it out.
The honey all jared up, ready to be sealed and labeled.
The finished product.
I just finished processing the wax left over from the honey which I’m going to make into some fancy salves, lotions and candles this winter.