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DD's Honey Harvest

September 6th, 2014 at 04:34 pm

As I've previously posted we have a bee hive in our backyard. This is a 4H project that our DD participates in.

This year her hive produced enough excess honey she could harvest it.

The whole process is so fascinating. It is amazing to learn how bees "operate", the proper way to work with bees and the steps to harvest honey.

After you pull out frames of capped honey from the hive boxes you cut the wax caps off with a Hot Knife (electric knife that gets hot and cuts/melts the wax). Then you load the extractor.

This is the Extractor in our kitchen (you can see some of the wax caps on the top of the strainer).

The local beekeeping club allows 4H members to borrow the club owned electric extractor at no charge.
It works by flinging the honey out with centrifugal force.

Frames loaded inside the extractor.

Frames spinning.

DD filled jars after letting the honey drain from the extractor into the bucket for about 30 hours.

Almost two gallons of honey collected.

Most of these jars will be given as gifts.
A few might be sold - DD's project leader has customers willing to buy local honey for $20/pint.

13 Responses to “DD's Honey Harvest”

  1. Buendia Says:

    That is so cool! I have a few friends who keep bees, and it's amazing to me everything they've learned - what a great 4H project!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Awesome! Love that you can borrow the equipment, too.

  3. snafu Says:

    Thank you, I've always wondered about how honey is extracted and processed. Several articles have commented about lower production and significantly smaller numbers of bees. Is this regional or affecting your area? Is pollution a major factor in your opinion? I wonder why honey is rarely promoted to consumers. They certainly consume giant quantities of sugar and fake, processed sweeteners.

  4. alice4now Says:

    Thanks for the pictures, very cool!

  5. Thrifty Ray Says:

    What a great learning experience for the whole family! And fresh honey too! What a great 4H project!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    I want to raise bees some day. Just need enough land to do it without bothering neighbors.

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Isn't that beautiful!

  8. tabs Says:

    Wow, those are some awesome pics. Thanks for sharing.

  9. frugaltexan75 Says:

    What a neat project to do!

  10. monkeymama Says:


  11. PNW Mom Says:

    This is just too cool! Thanks for sharing! Smile

  12. debtfreeme Says:

    Fascinating, thanks for sharing!

  13. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Well that's really cool!

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