Warmer weather, – extracting honey.

It is well that the weather is warm today as the honey I have been extracting is mostly from Oil Seed Rape (Canola) to those who speak American.) This honey sets rapidly once away from the warmth of the hive and even there it would have set given another week.

IMG_20150611_174106This shows the honey going from the extractor to a honey bucket via a course filter. Currently it is flowing from honey bucket to jars with the tenth jar being filled as I write.

I have also been melting beeswax into olive oil today to make some more handcream. Later this week that will go into jars ready for sale.IMG_00132013-04-23_10-04-30

2 responses to “Warmer weather, – extracting honey.

  1. Partly local knowledge. To be absolutely sure, you can have dna analysis of the pollen in the honey done. Another way is microscopy and using a key to identify pollen grains, finally checking with the picture in the book. Oil seed rape honey however is very sweet with little flavour compared to some others. Also it sets very quickly. Some was already too thick to spin out so will be going back to the bees.


  2. How can you tell what flowers the bees are feeding on? Do you have to observe them directly and know what’s flowering locally or are there other clues?