This was our first year as beekeepers and our first honey harvest. We learned so much and had loads of fun, best of all we harvested 73 pounds of honey from our first hive! We pull the supers which is where the bees store their honey.
Using an electronic electric uncapping knife the beeswax caps are carefully sliced away from the honey comb revealing the amazing honey stores.
The uncapping scratcher tool allows us to open cells that are too shallow for the heated knife. They must be opened so that the honey can spin out in the extractor.
Rolled capping are on the strainer board to allow any honey drippings to be collected.
The frames are placed in the extractor that spins the honey out of the comb.
Once the spinning is complete we open the valve to allow the honey to flow into the honey sieves. This will remove any comb pieces or bee body parts (yes it happens) allowing for pure “unfiltered” honey that preserves all of the health benefits and pollens in our raw unfiltered honey.
The honey goes through two mesh basket filters….
Now onto bottling and enjoying until next harvest! Thanks to Candi at Crossroad Farm for all of her amazing instruction and leasing of the extracting facilities!