I pulled that honey about 3 weeks ago, and kept him-hawing about with it. Opening it, looking at it, making some phone calls or posts to friends (beeks) about how to go about processing it.... Finally, I was told for the small amount I have it's simply not worth it to go have it extracted. Uh-Oh.... now what? SO.... I got the instructions (out of a book, off of boards and asked my friend Greg @ Dakota bees) on how to do this. I assembled my equipment. Which consists of a sturdy kitchen spatula, a food grade bucket with a spigot (what do you know I had one from my days in the wine business!), a painter's screen, a large glass bowl, colander, a tub that I stored the frames in, and elbow grease. I'm not all the way done, but here's the deal. Did I mention this is sticky sticky messy work? Well, it is.
I'm OVER it! Seriously. I've been fooling with it for 5 days now, because it gets cold and I have to stop because DUH... I couldn't figure out why it wasn't flowing, until Greg casually mentioned a space heater.... well, shoot, no wonder, my honey was cold. So.... take 2 or 3 I forget which. I finally decided that I will sacrifice the comb, I hate to do that since I really wanted to try to let my girls have it for next year or seed a new hive, but can't be helped. This year I'll start feeding them early so they can get going on the comb. I digress...
My Sainted son, Christopher took some amazing pictures as I've been dealing with this. So rather than bore the pants off you, here are the pictures. I will say I'm still not to the jarring point, I have yet to finish this monstrous job, and we had a holiday and I forgot to buy jars before black friday, not going out!
|on try one, I tried cutting the caps off the top of the comb and letting gravity have it... em, nope.|
|So, as you can see, I scraped it off the frame to the base.|
|now I smooshed it onto the painter's screen|
|I was captivated at how pretty it was|
|add more elbow grease, you're not done yet!|
|it's harder than it looks.|
|sitting in the sun it dripped really nicely|
|this is what was left on the frame, can't leave that.|
|Yep, I'm very very sticky.|
|gotta little jar from the stuff in the bottom of the tub|
|afore mentioned sainted child who loves honey and I did this for|
him because he has such bad allergies. Let's see if the raw honey works!
|big pile of comb that is sitting on top of the painter's sceen|
atop the bucket, atop hot oven to drip
|And it's dripping quite well now|
Till next time when we foray into the adventures of lip balm and lotion....