Our bees have been busy (of course) and we have our first lot of honey! A lot of it, we are giving it away to friends and family because we have so much. Here are some photos of the process we went through to separate the honey from the comb:
First we sat the comb in the sun to warm up and make straining it easier. It smelled amazing.
Once it was runny enough and the wax had floated to the top we put it through a sieve and then let it run through a cloth to strain it a second time (letting it drip into a jar as it went). The first cloth was WAY too thick and we quickly changed it to a much more open weave.
I left the cloth out by the hive for the bees to clean afterwards which they enjoyed!
And finally, we shooed all the bumblebees out of the house and put out our beautiful jars of golden honey. Those bumblebees were obsessed with getting into the comb, the pots, the stove where we melted the wax. They were very determined! Two or three got so coated in honey by sneaking into the sieve that they couldn’t fly, and they had to sit on the bench cleaning themselves for half and hour.
We have a lot of honey to eat….