Thursday, June 26, 2008

sweet rewards

greg had to pull the super off the hive he put on 10 days ago because he assembled the frames wrong. he did it yesterday morning and left the frames for me to take care of. in 10 days, the bees went from flat foundations to combs filled with honey and capped (in the beginning stages).

this is not bubbling from heating, it's bubbling from pouring and scraping. a giant sticky mess of goodness! when i'm done scraping the last 3 frames, i'll set the wax mixture in a stock pot with a lid on the sidewalk to extract it with the sun.

so far, i've yielded about 1 gallon and i expect when it's all done, i'll have 2 gallons. he put 3 supers on their hive and will add 2 more in the next week or two.

go bees!

between hand extracting honey and hand pitting 4 gallons of cherries, my week has been full!


Danielle said...

Oooh, I'd love to hear your details on hand extraction. No way am I buying one of those expensive extractors!

karl said...

yum! do you have to refrigerate it because it wasnt all capped?

cherries. honey. what more could anyone want?!


Kathie said...


I used to do about 40lbs of cherries a year by hand and oh my did that give my wrists such aches. I finally got one of those pitters with the plungers and what a difference that makes, if you ever see one, pick it up. Mine is non-electric just a bowl that feeds the cherries into a pit, that you pit with a plunger - the pit falls into one container and the cherry into another.

Gina said...

Oh, the honey is beautiful. I am adding on my third deep super this weekend with a queen excluder. My bees are busy girls indeed and it looks as though yours are too!

I wish we had a cherry tree. I also use a hand pitter.

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