Homemade Honey…or something like that

Caleb’s new hobby, as of this last spring, is beekeeping. Although he’s gotten stung at least five times (twice in the eye!), he’s still a great beekeeper. While Will and Natalie were here, Natalie donned an official beekeeping costume–old work coveralls belonging to “Carter”–and helped Caleb inspect the hive. I still haven’t been brave enough to do it, but maybe next time. 🙂
Capped honey–when the honey is stored for winter, the bees put a small waxed capping over it which means it’s well-seasoned.

Five frames full of honey!
Uncapping the frames
Spinning the extractor to get all the honey out of the frames
End product: 6 quarts of honey! Not bad for the first year, and it tastes delicious!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chantel
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 00:26:31

    I think "home grown" honey is the best in the world and it is so pretty! We had bees for quite a few years when I was growing up, and while it is definitely as sticky business, I think the rewards were quite sweet enough. ;)I also have been stung more times than I could ever remember, but honey bee stings aren't so bad. Just don't wear black when you do decide to help out with the hive inspecting and I'm sure you'll be fine!


  2. Everly Pleasant
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 02:21:28

    This is *really* neat! He makes it look so simple. I wonder if we could do that…someday!Thanks!Everly


  3. Samantha R.
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 06:01:17

    Wow, that is wonderful! Good for Caleb; I admire his perseverance despite the stings!


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