Why We Keep HONEY Bees and Not Yellow Jackets!
We harvested our first ever batch of honey on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the WFBC kitchen. Our resident beekeepers Gene Cross and David Arnold used the honey extractor and other equipment from their bee club, the 5 County Beekeepers Association. Probably 8 or 10 people from the community garden showed up to observe and help.
The process is as follows:
- Decap the honey cells with a knife. We used Gene’s hot knife which literally melts off the wax cappings.
- The frames are placed in an extractor which spins and uses centrifugal force to spin out the honey.
- The honey is run through a double sieve/strainer to remove wax particles, propolis and other debris.
- Finally, a gasketed lid was place on our commercial food-grade 5 gallon bucket, where it is allowed to settle for a week. This allows air bubbles, etc. to rise to the top, leaving all the good stuff underneath.
- Then, you simply open up the honey gate on the bottom of the bucket to fill the bottles, and voila, all natural North Carolina Wildflower Honey!
Bee Fact: It takes 12 honey bees working their entire life to make 1 teaspoon of honey.