August 10, 2005
My first (very small) honey harvest
I went to check on the progress the bees have been making in the honey supers. Most of the frames are still not completely capped, but they are nearly ready. However, I could not resist taking one frame with me. The smell and taste of a comb of honey straight from the hive is simply ambrosial.
Honey bees don't like it when you make off with their honey. I worked them without smoke, to avoid contaminating the honey with a smoke smell, and to avoid them engorging on the capped honey. Many bees were divebombing my veil, buzzing angrily. But it was not too bad, and I brushed the bees from the frame and walked away with my booty.
I took the frame home, cut out the comb, and placed it in hard plastic cases. Now, the combs are in the freezer, where they will stay for a day or two, what for to kill any wax moth eggs.
Here are some pics of the cut comb in the plastic cases, cover removed:
Posted by emer0084 at August 10, 2005 2:08 PM
Let us know how it tastes.
This is really exciting. I've been vicariously beekeeping via your blog.
I've never had honey that didn't come in a plastic bottle shaped like a bear. How much better is honey from the comb?
The difference between grocery store honey and comb honey or a good raw, single source honey is the difference between Bud Ultra and Lindeman's Frambois.
Especially since Bud Ultra doesn't exist. But I concur- it's like comparing a mass-produced american lager to a batched-brewed belgian ale.
Well, whatever that low-carb beer is called. And thank for for the clarification.
Oh, I was thinking of Michelob ultra- I forgot about that new weirdo Bud stuff. Maybe you're right.
You know, I never understood why are honey bottles shaped like bears and not bees?.....
Well, this was kind of boring but whatever.
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