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: Continue reading

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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Coming Soon: The Harvest

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I’ve got a three-part post coming soon about the honey harvest this autumn. I did one half-frame by hand a couple of weeks before the rest, just to see, and then the rest over three days, with the use of a hand-cranked extractor. More pictures and details to come!