The Harvest: Day One

On the first day I attempted a honey harvest (before my lovely extractor came in), I removed the freshest frame from the Blues, on which they’d only built out one side’s worth of honey. My roommate helped me fashion a fairly primitive method of extraction, and we made a mess, but the results were delicious and we had a great time!

For reference, this is what an empty frame looks like:

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Here’s the bare beginnings on the reverse side of the the frame I harvested:

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Here’s the side to be harvested:

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I don’t have any uncapping knives, so we kept the electric kettle on boil and filled a mason jar with hot water and useful kitchen tools.

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I also had smaller jars prepared to drain the honey into.

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And so it began!

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By the end of it, we had a few jars of honeycomb and seriously tasty honey.

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Not bad for half a frame’s work! I ended up with honey up to my wrists, and I can’t say it was an unhappy time.

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