The Art of Extracting Honey

Posted by Sharkey

Well, we finally got around to extracting the honey from the beehives.  Carlos seemed to bee a bit frazzled, so I offered to be of assistance.  The whole process is rather time consuming.  The honey tastes really, really good – very herbal and light.  Thank you honeybees for providing again.

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Carlos, I see you're getting ready to extract the honey from these bee hives.

1 Carlos, I see you're getting ready to extract the honey from these bee hives.

It looks like you have your work cut out for you.  Perhaps I can be of assistance.

2 It looks like you have your work cut out for you. Perhaps I can be of assistance.

Isn't it just amazing how the honeybees make all of this honey?  Everything is so neat and orderly.

3 Isn't it just amazing how the honeybees make all of this honey? Everything is so neat and orderly.

So, Carlos, you've uncapped the frames with your special tool and loaded them into the extractor.  When it spins, the centrifugal force will make the honey flow out of the comb.

4 So, Carlos, you've uncapped the frames with your special tool and loaded them into the extractor. When it spins, the centrifugal force will make the honey flow out of the comb.

Allow me to begin spinning!

5 Allow me to begin spinning!

Ohhh --- Just hearing it whirl makes me dizzy!

6 Ohhh --- Just hearing it whirl makes me dizzy!

OK - Now that the spinning is done, let's have a look at our yield.  Pretty nice!

7 OK - Now that the spinning is done, let's have a look at our yield. Pretty nice!

Now we fill all of the sterilized jars with this amazing nectar.

8 Now we fill all of the sterilized jars with this amazing nectar.

Fernando, be sure to cap them tightly.  We don't want to loose one drop.

9 Fernando, be sure to cap them tightly. We don't want to loose one drop.

Laura, I can help you put on the tops.

10 Laura, I can help you put on the tops.

I know the drill - hold down the seal.....

11 I know the drill - hold down the seal.....

And screw on the ring.  Although, amazing honey never seems to spoil!  The bees have preserved it for us!

12 And screw on the ring. Although, amazing honey never seems to spoil! The bees have preserved it for us!

See, Martha, I really was a big help!

13 See, Martha, I really was a big help!

And just look at all the beautiful and delicious honey we bottled for you!  Thank you, honeybees!

14 And just look at all the beautiful and delicious honey we bottled for you! Thank you, honeybees!

Comments (11)

  • You certainly are scoring early points in the helper department this year Sharkey. Have the bees been making honey all this time? Nice to see such a team effort involved to harness the honey. Hmmm...Francesca and GK must have been stuck out in the snow right? :wink:

  • Thanks for a very interesting blog, Sharkey Honey! I'm surprised you didn't sneak a little taste or two, perhaps as a delightful drizzle on a fresh marrobone? Bye!

  • That was interesting Sharkey! looks like a lot of yummy honey...and of course such a helper you are...I'm chuckling a bit about the sterile part with you sitting on the counter and table...but hey!
    With Bee's having problems I'm glad the MS household is producing honey with healthy bees...what would we do without bees? they are part of our cycle of life in the food chain...

  • Hello Ladies,
    Glad to see you being on the ball helping. I know who will be the first to get biscuits and honey. Not the snow bums. All that fancy equipment to get the job done. Uncle Carlos is really smart--and you too Miss Sharkey!! Glad to hear from Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow and Zoe on Friday. The gangs all here. Keep up the good work. Have missed you all!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Sharkey, all I can say about working around bees is bee careful. I know that you didn’t have to go outside and take the bee’s houses apart; just take the frames and take the honey out of them. I’ll bet that with all that snow the bees are huddled up in one large mass inside their homes. They don’t have a nice jacket to wear like you do. Maybe during the summer you will learn to grow hair like GK and then you won’t have to buy a coat. It’s raining this morning; no walk for me. Maybe later on today it will stop. Until then I’ll catch up on my naps.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi girls We had the puppies and mom got to come home and help! Six 3 girls and 3 boys! I'm being a good boy and not starting fights with the others or asking for toys. Mom doesn't know results yet but She thinks a miricle would be nice. Thanks for the prayers Basil. Your friend rocky

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., MS Sharkey, this sure was a fun blog post you did today and the photos are wonderful and interesting!!! How nice that you were able to help Carlos, Laura and Fernando prepare all of that delicious looking honey and fill so many jars! They all look so very happy to have your help! We don't have bee hives so I've never helped my Mom do that, but I did help her yesterday to clean out our woodstove that we use daily to stay warm. Sure hope all of you are staying warm with all of that snow at the farm. Have a great day everyone! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+ PS- Our new little kitty, Miss Kitty Poo, was spayed last Thursday and is doing very well. I haven't met her yet, but will pretty soon. DDR

  • My grandmother would never have allowed dogs anwhere canning or food prep. I know they are Martha's dogs but dogs do shed. Who wants dog hair in their honey?

  • Hi Rocky, Congrats to the big litter! You're a good boy to restrain yourself from getting into stuff with the others. Give your Momma Terry big hugs and kisses so that she will feel better soon. Will keep you in my prayers.

  • Sharkey - Your Dizzy photo (#6) cracked me up! Such a sweet, helpful Frenchie!

  • Dear Sharkey,

    This was your most endearing blog yet. Your involvement with the honey extraction was awfully cute, and I agree with the last poster, the dizzy shot at photo #6 had me chuckling too. :-)

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