Honey bees collect nectar to create honey and store it as food because it provides the energy for bees’ flight muscles and heating for the hive in the winter. They work hard too – an average worker bee makes only about 1/12 teaspoon of honey in its entire lifetime! Fortunately, honey bees will make more honey than the colony needs, so beekeepers harvest the excess, which they bottle. We thought we would share a sneak peek into our recent honey-spinning session.
It has been a busy season, and we completed two ‘honey spinning’ sessions – but, how does honey spinning work, I hear you ask?
1. First, we uncap the honeycomb – scraping the wax cap layer off with a knife. Great care is taken to ensure we don’t cut too deeply into the honeycomb.
2. The honeycomb frames are then placed into the baskets within the large metal drum extractor and the manual process of honey extraction follows.
3. The honey collects at the bottom of the drum, and fills up slowly as we spin through the frames. This was then filtered through a fine sieve to remove wax and debris.
4. A refractometer is used to check the water content of the honey and make sure it is viable. The honey is then left for 24 hours for the air bubbles to move to the top.
5. The empty frames are then returned to the bees for re-use. Later in the season, the wax caps will be melted down, cooled off and used for our wax wraps.
In total, we potted 219 jars! If you are interested in purchasing a jar of our yummy Worthing honey, contact us directly or visit our events page and catch us in person!