A couple weekends ago we set up and extracted honey.
We used to make the trek up to Tulsa almost every time, so we could extract in Granddad’s big extractor (16 frame as opposed to our 4 frame)…it is really handy now that they’re just right next door. It makes it a whole lot simpler! For a more detailed post of the extraction process from a couple years ago go here.
All the boxes are loaded with frames of yummy, sweet, sticky, golden, smooth, delicious honey…is your mouth watering yet? ;D
Granddad graciously let us take over their garage for the extraction.
Grandpa came over and watched for awhile.
Abbie was babysitting that day, so she brought the girls over for a “field trip”.
Watching the extractor go round and round.
Dad showing how he uncaps the honey.
Working with my ♥twin♥
Inevitably there are always some bees left in the boxes…the bee swatters did their job well.
Granddad made this extractor out of icemakers! He actually made the whole set up, the extractor, bottling tank, and the uncapping tank, but this is the beauty. It makes the job a whole lot faster!
Charity took most of the pictures for us on Dad’s phone. We all had slightly sticky hands. :D
We currently have 20 hives. Spread out over 4 apiaries.
We had some honey the bees made that was very STRONG! It was kinda a little like molasses but weirder…we decided it was made from buckwheat. There’s a field of it a couple miles north of us. Hopefully it’ll make good cooking honey. I don’t have a picture of it but it is a whole lot darker and has a redder look to it.
“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb,
which is sweet to thy taste:"
On a side note, we have been blessed with a fruitful garden! The early rains this year have helped tremendously!
The advantages of having a second story. ;D
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is
the man that trusteth in him."