I thought I would fit this post in for those friends that have asked about how our bees are going.
On the morning of 10th of March, we extracted the first honey from our hives. It was quite a big day but we got through it. It was quite a learning curve.
PRH stands for Phil's Raw Honey.
As we removed the frames we brushed the bees off and placed them in a box with a lid.
Inside the hive.
Safely loaded in the wheel barrow.
We decided to set the equipment up in our laundry because it is a big room. There were a couple of stray bees in the boxes so we let them out the back door and then closed everything up so no bees could find us. I was starting to feel sorry for the bees, all that hard work and then two big bears come and steal it from them ~sigh.
All ready for removing the capping. I took this photo of Phil with his heat knife, but then the knife would not work! It has been sent back to where it came from and they are sending us another one. Lucky we had an uncapping tool to use, but I forgot to take a photo...uh oh!
Let the spin begin.
Straining the honey.
Oooh so exciting!
We could not wait. I had baked some bread during the day and later that night the urge to sample the honey was too strong.
So here is our first jar.
Doesn't that look GOOD?!
Yummy on homemade bread.
After five days of sitting in the barrel to let the wax to rise to the top, it was time to jar up the rest of the honey.
So many jars of golden goodness! I have forgotten how many jars we ended up getting (I knew we saved all those jars for something). We have given some of these away to family and friends, and kept some back for ourselves and bartering. We have had many inquiries and requests for honey, so there will be no problems finding homes for it. We ended up with about 26 kilos (57lbs)! And yes we have left plenty for the bees for winter stores.
This was the last bit of honey in the bottom of the drum. There are bits of wax in it, but it will still get eaten!
Love looking at all those golden jars.
As you can see the bees are doing really well.