Monday, August 23, 2010

Harvested Two Bars

Finally, Jaimi and the kids got to taste the fruits of our labor...ok, my labor.  But they had to put up with it while I was building hives last Spring. 

It was quite the ordeal since this was our first time.  Right when you think you've collected everything you needed to harvest you forget something.  In our case, Jaimi had put on the wrong suit (I've since bought her a nice one).  Jaimi put on a tyvek suit that did not have elastic bands in the sleeves.  She didn't think it would be a problem since all she was going to do was film and take pics.  Nope...I needed her help.  So she got stung once on the wrist but that was it....for her.  She panicked a bit and went over by the truck where Zeke was staying.  But the bees were a bit pissed and found him and got him several times (like 15) in the mouth.  Pour guy...he went from a beautiful chocolate lab to puffy Sharpe in a few minutes.  Small dose of benadryl and he was fine.

Here's the results of our harvest.  We only took two bars.  Used a metal cone filter and some cheese cloth to strain and it was absolutely delicious.  Didn't taste anything like the store bought crap. 

We had about two quarts of honey when it was all said and done. 


  1. Aw, poor puppy. Did you smoke the bees? I didn't when we harvested in spring, and they were PISSED. For days. So I'm thinking I should get a smoker. But maybe it doesn't really make a difference.

    Congrats on your harvest!

  2. I did smoke them. Probably over smoked them if anything, but they were still pissed.