Harvesting spring honey

May 26, 2011 | By | Comments (3)

Yesterday we pulled a super full of honey from Aurora. We already had a super full of honey that we’d pulled from her at the end of April, so with two supers, we had 20 very full frames of honey (delicious and mild). Today we extracted the honey, using the honey extractor from Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County (thanks, guys!).

ExtractingHoney

As you can see, we have a bit of equipment, and when we’re extracting, we take up quite a lot of space. The big plastic tubs have been handy. They’re a great way to harvest fully-honey laden frames from the hive. We brush all the bees from the frame and slip the frame into the tub, closing the lid so no bees can get in. Then we store the frames in a cool spot in the office until we’re ready to harvest.

Honeyfiltering

We also love the new plastic micron-filters for the buckets. We’ve found that  the honey extractor and the fancy filters make the honey harvest much easier than our old honey harvest methods.

While we were working in Aurora, we made a video so you can see how busy she is. Pretty good for our garage queen!

COMMENTS

  1. Gail Luevano

    I would like to learn about bee keeping and how to make lotions form royal jelly, etc.
    Thanks, Gail

    June 2, 2011 at 4:17 am
  2. Allan Shore

    Nice project. We operate a retail store in Benicia, called Shirocos (Shirocos.com). One of our best selling products is local honey. And the trend is growing rapidly. But there is more to this story than that. I wrote a book on pairing honeys and cheeses and found some great local connections to Benicia and the Solano / Sonoma / Napa region. The first honeybees likely came through here before settling in San Jose and the first cheesemakers did too before going to Two Rocks (Petaluma). I’d love to chat or write about for your site or maybe Sunset and I’d love to share more about what you folks are doing. We do an annual honey and cheese pairing festival and I would love to talk about that with you too. Please send a note to our email or you can use mine, AllanShore@msn.com. Thanks.

    May 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm
  3. tina_k

    And now that you are using the extractor and not scraping the frames down, the bees can fill them with honey again much faster since they don’t have to rebuild the wax. Aurora looks like a very strong hive!

    May 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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