The Harvest: Day Two

My assistant this day was my dear friend Jinny, who makes a splendid beekeeper:

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Day Two consisted of opening up the silver hive and removing four honey frames.

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This was my first opportunity to use my new 2-frame hand-cranked extractor (I bought the bundle, though the link just displays the extractor itself). Uncapping, like the previous short-harvest, was done using kitchen knives and boiling water:

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We cut the wax immediately over a filtered bucket.


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And then placed two frames at a time in the extractor.

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Before extraction:

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And after:

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When the honey started to flow from the tap, I…can’t really properly describe the twinned admiration of both the beauty and the functionality:

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After all of the honey was extracted from the frames, I then hand-squeezed the filter to both get the most honey out, and to condense the wax that was left behind:

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The stage not pictured between those last two photos is the absolutely glory of having my hands covered in honey past the wrist. (A bit like this, but considerably less erotic. And wasteful– wherefore such art!)

Last set of photos to come shortly.

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