Honey Time

*I originally wrote this for my farm website/blog.

What farm website?


While it has been in the works for awhile it’s not up and running yet, but I thought you all might enjoy pictures of our honey extracting this summer. Someday you’ll be able to see the original at htttp://thefarmbehindthewillows.com , but not today! *

We had our big honey harvest this past weekend and had our best harvest so far! Since we only have a big extracting day once a year it’s a fun event to look forward too even though it’s a very hot and sticky job!

I tried to take a few photos for a step by step extracting process but you’ll have to pardon their fuzziness I couldn’t keep my camera from fogging up in the hot humid room!

The first step is to take the frames of honey and cut or scratch the caps off the cells that hold in the honey. On the left is my Mom (who also keeps bees)  using a hot knife to cut the caps and on the left is Stephanie (my bee keeping partner) scratching off any cappings that my mom missed.The wax that is cut off falls down into the big silver tank where there is a mesh grate so that the honey can drain out of the cappings. Here is a close up of the knife work.


Next the frames get set into the extractors. These have cages inside to hold the frames on end and handles on top that spin the baskets which then spins the honey out. Spin them on one side, flip them over, spin on the other and they are done.

The honey is then drained out of the bottom of the extractors into buckets.

After this the honey is poured through a cloth filter to remove any debris (bits of wax and a few bee pieces) that are still in it. The filter is inside a modified five gallon bucket with a fresh bucket underneath.

Not to worry we didn’t let my cousin Johnny (who came to visit and we put to work) dump it my Mom’s mouth, he hit the filter as planned!

After that all that’s left is to bottle it!The finished product…

…worth a hot day in the honey house!

7 comments on “Honey Time

  1. denise says:

    For some reason I can only see the bottom photo – the rest are ??. ??

    How much did you get this year?

    It is honey time for us too – we have a friend in Janesville who we buy 4 or 5 gallons from every October. It is VERRRRY much looked forward to! I’d love to have bees some day – we have friends right in the city here who have them on a balcony. Very cool! 🙂

  2. Jenny says:

    I too am unable to see your photos. I am dying to see your photos. I buy my honey in a five gallon bucket from the barber in Iola who has bees.

    I would love bees too!


  3. Jessie says:

    Sorry about the picture problem, it was working on my end but I changed some things hopefully you can see them now!

    We got about 14 gallons of honey this year our best year ever!

  4. melanie says:

    was such a great treat to pick up my last box and two jars of honey. i appreciate them even more after seeing the work involved.

    thanks again, jessie!

  5. mom says:

    I couldn’t see the pictures either until I signed in to leave this comment and here they are coming through fine. Too bad the pictures don’t show how really really hot and drippy we were! But that’s what makes the honey flow!

  6. Rebecca says:

    This was by far THE BEST HONEY I have ever had. As someone who doesn’t like honey normally I ate it by the spoonfull!!! Best wedding gift EVER!! 🙂

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