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Full honeycombs removed from hive

1. To remove the honeycombs, the beekeeper dons a veiled helmet and protective gloves. There are several methods for removing the combs. The beekeeper may simply sweep the bees off the combs and guide them back into the hive. Alternately, the beekeeper injects a puff of smoke into the hive. The bees, sensing the presence of fire, gorge themselves on honey in an attempt to take as much as they can with them before fleeing. Somewhat tranquilized by engorgement, the bees are less likely to sting when the hive is opened. A third method employs a separator board to close the honey chamber off from the brood chamber. When the bees in the honey chamber discover that they have been separated from their queen, they move through a hatch that allows them to enter the brood chamber, but not reenter the honey chamber. The separator board is inserted approximately two to three hours before the honeycomb is to be removed. The majority of the cells in the comb should be capped. The beekeeper tests the comb by shaking it. If honey spurts out, the comb is reinserted into the honey chamber for several more days. Approximately one-third of the honey is left in the hive to feed the colony.

Uncapping the honeycombs




2. Honeycombs that are at least two-thirds capped are placed into a transport box and taken to a room that is completely free of bees. After that the uncapping machine or the beekeeper using a long-handled uncapping fork scrapes the caps from both sides of the honeycomb onto a capping tray.

Extracting the honey from the combs

3. The honeycombs are inserted into an extractor, a large drum that employs centrifugal force to draw out the honey. Because the full combs can weigh as much as 5 lb (2.27 kg), the extractor is started at a slow speed to prevent the combs from breaking. As the extractor spins, the honey is pulled out and up against the walls. It drips down to the cone-shaped bottom and out of the extractor through a spigot. Positioned under the spigot is a honey bucket topped by two sieves, one coarse and one fine, to hold back wax particles and other debris. The honey is poured into drums and taken to the commercial distributor.

Processing and bottling

4. At the commercial distributor, the honey is poured into tanks and heated to 120°F (48.9°C) to melt out the crystals. Then it is held at that temperature for 24 hours. Any extraneous bee parts or pollen rise to the top and are skimmed off. 5. The majority of the honey is then flash-heated to 165°F (73.8°C), filtered through paper, then flash cooled back down to 120°F (48.9°C). This procedure is done very quickly, in approximately seven seconds. Although these heating procedures remove some of the honey's healthful properties, consumers prefer the lighter, bright-colored honey that results. A small percentage, perhaps 5%, is left unfiltered. It is merely strained. The honey is darker and cloudier, but there is some market for this unprocessed honey. 6. The honey is then pumped into jars or cans for shipment to retail and industrial customers.

Wildflower honey

Wildflower honey is a flavorful honey created from a natural gathering of nectars from various wild flowers and flowering trees. The taste, aroma and flavor will vary from season to season, depending on which flowers are dominant at the time the nectar is collected. Wildflower honey is slightly darker in color to other honeys and slightly more robust in flavor than other honeys.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 22.20$

Blueberry Honey

Blueberry Honey captures the essence of the tiny white blossoms from the Blueberry bush and brings it to your table. Migratory beekeepers move their bee hives to the blueberry fields for several weeks to ensure the blossoms are well pollinated for a healthy crop of blueberries. While the bees are busy with their pollination tasks, they also produce a delightful honey. Blueberry Honey is a full-bodied honey with a deep, rich flavor profile

Size: 6 lb

Price: 31.35$

Avocado Honey

Avocado honey is known to be bold and flavorful while maintaining a sweet characteristic through its earthy flavor profile. With notes of molasses and sorghum syrup, it makes a great baking substitute for a dark sweetener (brown sugar, molasses, sorghum) and has even been suggested as a replacement for maple syrup. Avocado honey is produced by bees foraging on the nectar of blossoms found on the trees in the avocado groves of Mexico as they open and close like clockwork during the warmest part of the season.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 31.35$

Clover Honey

Clover Honey is the best-known varietal of honey and possesses the largest annual production. From the wide open sweet clover fields honey bees diligently produce millions of pounds of light, golden Clover Honey during the warm summer months. Clover Honey is a sweet, light honey.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 20.95$

Eucalyptus Honey

Eucalyptus trees are best known for the Koala Bears that eat their leaves, but the flowers of this tree yield nectar that the honey bees love to collect. Rich and distinctive, Eucalyptus Honey is a full-bodied treasure that adds an extra dimension to recipes.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 31.35$

Golden Honey

Golden Honey is a flavorful blend of Clover and Wildflower Honey. The Hive's Golden Honey offers the best qualities of clover and wildflower honeys, blended to produce a delicious product. Golden Honey has a deeper flavor than Clover Honey, and can be used in any recipe.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 35.50$

Orange Blossom Honey

Orange Blossom honey a popular varietal of honey and is only produced by bees during the spring when orange trees blossom. Our Orange Blossom Honey is derived mainly from the nectar of Ambersweet, Hamlin, Navel, Red Navel, Parson Brown, Pineapple, Temple and Valencia orange blossoms. It is this wide variety of orange blossoms that gives our Orange Blossom Honey its unique and extraordinary flavor.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 31.35$

Buckwheat Honey

Buckwheat honey is a robust, dark honey gathered from the nectar of the delicate, white flowers of the buckwheat grain. Buckwheat honey has been noted for its health benefits including its high levels of antioxidants. Buckwheat honey is ideal for baking or soothing a cough.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 20.95$

Baker's Special Honey

Baker's Special Pure Honey has a hearty robust flavor that is a perfect ingredient to make a loaf of whole wheat bread, or to sweeten a spicy bar-be-que sauce. Baker's Special Honey is a dark honey consisting of wildflower and other honeys and was created specifically for use as an ingredient.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 14.75$

Alfalfa Honey

Alfalfa Honey has been produced in the Wind River area of Wyoming, just outside of Riverton. In this part of central Wyoming, the alfalfa is irrigated, due to the dry conditions, and the plant is allowed to bloom for seed production, which is exactly what the beekeepers want. When the alfalfa bloom opens, the honey bees rush to collect the nectar to produce a delightful golden honey. Alfalfa Honey is a very mild, delicate honey. Perfect for sweetening beverages, drizzling over your vanilla ice cream, or making Luella Gamber's delicious.

Size: 6 lb

Price: 31.45$

Manuka Honey

Manuka Honey has a full bodied grainy/firm texture with a scrumptiously strong earthy flavour and robust aromas that leave the taste buds tingling. Manuka Honey has many antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, making it extremely effective in treating a wide variety of health conditions. If the honey granulates naturally, it can be liquified by gentle warming. 100% raw unpasteurised honey.

Size: 1 lb

Price: 21.40$

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