honey extracting

Some of you were curious about the honey process

Well, I’m here to show you what these wonderful little ladies make, and how us humans collect the extra.

Some Vocabulary:

This is a Langstroth beehive. Those boxes in it are called “Supers”. Supers hold 10 frames each. Frames look like this.

I’m here to teach you about honey extraction from this particular kind of hive, and when you only have like 5 or 6.

The Process:

First, we start with the frame of honey.

Notice anything? The bees have “capped” this honey with beeswax so it can keep for the winter! (or beekeep heheh)

So what you wanna do is cut those bad boys off with ya Hot Knife.

(Or you can just scrape them off with a fork. Or poke holes in them. Dealer’s choice, man.)

Next, you put your uncapped frames in the Crazy Spin Cylinder. (The Extractor)

And YA CRANK IT

And the honey sp i n s

Honey GO

H O N  E  Y


The frames are spun at such a high speed that the honey is pulled right out!

Next, you open the spigot at the bottom, run it through a strainer…

Pour it in a jar…

and VOILA!

Beautiful Bee Nectar that you got yaself! This has been a PSA

DIY Apple Rose Pastries


Yields 12 pastries

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 3 Honeycrisp apples
  • 1 package Puff Pastry, thawed
  • Lemon
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Equipment
  • Medium bowl of water
  • Cutting board & knife
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Bench flour
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Dry brush
  • Cupcake tray
  • Pan spray
  • Strainer

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Combine butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon into the water. Cut apples in half lengthwise and remove the core. Slice each half into thin slivers and then soak them in the lemon water.
  4. Microwave the soaking apples ntil soft, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the apples and then pat them dry.
  5. Roll out each sheet of puff pastry to abot 12 by 12 inches. Cut out six 2-inch by 12-inch strips and then brush off excess flour.
  6. Spread a thin layer of honey butter onto one side of each pastry strip. Arrange the apples lengthwise slightly overlapping as you go, skin towards the top.
  7. Fold the pastry up over the apple slices. Start at one end and roll the pastry into a swirl.
  8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 with the other sheet of puff pastry.
  9. Place each pastry into a greased cupcake tray and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown
  10. TaDa! A dozen dainty Apple Rose Pastries to break the spell of sweet cravings!
An ancient philosopher once said that the bee extracts honey from the pollen of the flower, while from the same source the spider extracts poison. The problem which then confronts us is: are we bees or spiders? Do we transform the experiences of life into honey, or do we change them into poison? Do they lift us, or do we eternally rebel against the pricks? Many people become soured by experience, but the wise one takes the honey and builds it into the beehive of his own spiritual nature.
—  Manly P. Hall - Excerpted from “The Occult Anatomy of Man”
Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice Cookies

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice – now, who wouldn’t want to take a bite out of that? This recipe does not use any egg, so it is completely vegetarian, though it does contain honey. These cookies are soft, chewy, and taste oh so good :).

Serve them during big apologies or before mediation to help sooth conversation and lighten someone’s heart. Give as a treat to another to have their anger, jealousy, or bitterness towards you dissolve. Bring to new neighbors or co-workers to have them become instantly impressed and attracted to you. These would also make a good holiday treat for Yule or the Summer Solstice. You may also wish to adapt this recipe for spells involving love, luck, or devotion.

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp powdered clove
  • ½ tsp powdered allspice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar, for decoration

Combine flour, baking soda, clove, allspice, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate, larger bowl, combine sugar, honey, butter, and extract. Slowly sift the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients. Chill the dough for 10 minutes, then bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 minutes, or until edges start to brown.  Let cool for 10-15 minutes and lightly dust with powdered sugar. Makes 9 large cookies or 12 medium cookies.

Potions - Warm Night

Originally posted by butteryplanet

Hi witches! 

Who doesn’t love a warm, steaming, insanely sweet hot chocolate? This one will radiate happiness and comfort.

let’s get started shall we ?

For this cup of heaven you will need

              • milk / powder chocolate / powder cappucino / honey / acacia honey / vanilla honey / vanilla sugar / vanilla extract / cream & sprinkles !

how to ?

     • fill one half of the mug with milk and the other half with cream, mix it slowly while pouring happiness and warm feelings into it.

• drop one spoon of each honey and mix, imagine the honey being liquid sunshine.

• then drop half a spoon of vanilla sugar and three drops of vanilla extract. mix.

• put it in the microwave for one minute and thirty seconds.

• take it out and add the chocolate and the cappucino powders. 

• stir and sprinkle the sprinkles on it.

It’s done !
Enjoy this calming drink !

Lullaby Tea

~a gentle, soothing sleep potion~

Ingredients:

  • violet leaves and/or flowers - for peace
  • catnip - for sleep
  • vanilla extract - for love
  • honey - for gentle sweetness
  • milk - for soothing

Directions:
   
Place in the teacup or mug of your choice a portion of of each herb, either fresh or dried. Amounts are up to your own judgement/preference (see note below). Pour freshly boiled water over the herbs, leaving a little room at the top. Allow them to steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain out the plant bits (or, if you’re lazy like me, you can leave them and then just pick them out as you go… or eat them, your choice). Add a drop of vanilla extract, then honey and milk to taste. 

Sip, relax, and enjoy~

(Note: Remember, when working with unfamiliar herbs, please be cautious of any potential allergy you may have, especially if you are prone to floral or plant allergies. Also, start out with just a little bit of the herb if you don’t know yet how strongly it will affect you. Always better to be cautions.)

SIMS 4 Carrot Cake Cupcakes


Yields 16 cupcakes

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups shredded organic carrots
  • Green & orange royal icing in decorating bags fitted with #5 tips
Frosting
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Cupcake pan & liners
  • Hand grater
  • Small cutting mat & knife
  • Peeler
  • Electric mixer
  • Small offset spatula
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #2A tip

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. n a large bowl, combine flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, eggs, honey and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry.
  5. Gently fold carrots into the batter.
  6. Scoop batter into cupcake liners and bake for 18 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool before decorating.
Frosting
  1. Combine all of the frosting ingredients (except powdered sugar) in a large bowl and beat well with an electric mixer.
  2. Beat in half of the powdered sugar and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the second half and then beat and scrape again.
  3. Scoop frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a #2A tip.

Time to decorate!

  1. Frost the tops of the cupcakes and then refrigerate for about 5 minutes.
  2. Use green royal icing to pipe a carrot stem.
  3. With orange icing, pipe a carrot shape below the stem.
  4. TaDa! Unlock your baking skills with these yummy SIMS 4 Carrot Cupcakes!
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@ Anon– Here’s a How It’s Made on raw honey extraction. This shows a major factory setup, but effective extraction is carried out by plenty of smalltown beekeepers on their own with simpler setups. The same friend I mentioned before actually has a hand-cranked centrifuge that he uses to extract honey for jarring. 

I also don’t know of any smalltown keepers that use the cherry-scented gadget when extracting. We only ever use a bit of wood smoke in our hives. The smoke serves two main purposes– First, it tricks the bees into thinking there’s a fire nearby, so they’re less focused on potential predators and more focused on filling up with honey and pollen to take with them if they have to abandon hive, and Second, it masks the scent of any alarm bell pheromones workers might start putting off when they realize that there is no fire. they also just don’t care for the smell. One of our girls accidentally flew through some smoke from a campfire we had out back and had to crash land on my dad’s knee and regain her composure before going off on her way again. 

Overall most smaller beekeepers don’t care much for commercial beekeeping methods–they tend to be more focused on profit than caretaking–but this is a decent vid for showing the extraction process. And, as it says in the video, regardless of whether it’s smalltown or commercial, the bees do not starve because of the honey extraction. Bees have no real concept of how much is too much when it comes to producing honey, so a good healthy hive tends to make about five times more honey than it actually needs to survive. This is also why small beekeepers only start harvesting honey after their hive has made it through at least one solid year on its own, so that they can be sure the hive is healthy and able to sustain itself even if some honey is taken out of it. 

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Making Good Night Lavender Chai

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Very Vanilla Soy Milk
  • 2 chamomile lavender teabags
  • 2 tsp clover honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Lavender buds (optional)
  • Nutmeg (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour soy milk into saucepan and heat on low temperature. Do not bring to a boil. 
  2. Prepare chamomile lavender tea in teapot and allow to steep (I used 1-½ cups water that had just started to simmer). 
  3. Mix honey and vanilla into soy milk. Whisk to blend. 
  4. Once soymilk is heated through, pour into teapot where tea has been steeping. Whisk to blend.  
  5. Allow to steep at least 10 minutes. 
  6. Pour tea. Garnish with nutmeg and lavender buds. 

This recipe makes a full teapot (enough for 4-6 servings). 

Enjoy!!

Went back to the house that I extracted those 10-13 thousand bees from last week. Found 5-6 queen peanuts on the two little squares of comb that I left behind on accident.
So apparently a colony can rebuild from nothing but the bees flying around in the air! No idea how they got the queen peanuts made and sealed up so fast, but hey.
I won’t be making that mistake again.

Introducing queens Kalypso Marvella II, III, and IV in succession to Marvella I. Since there’s no easy way to tell which one survives, the new queen will simply be known as Kalypso Marvella II of Logoso.

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Sorry, we missed some of these beautiful photos in our last post on the glass #honey jar gift Design by Tamara Mihajlović. These are so beautiful #BeeLoved series that it would be a shame not to post them.

Lavender Faery Wine for Imbolc

Ingredients:
1 cup of milk per serving.
1 tsp honey
¼ tsp of vanilla extract
½ a cup of brewed lavender tea
Lavender buds or cinnamon

Steep lavender buds or any lavender tea in ½ a cup of hot water. The more tea leaves or buds you use, the stronger the lavender taste will be.
Warm a cup milk on the stove; be careful not to boil or else it’ll froth up and make a mess.
Once warmed, pour in the tea, honey, and vanilla extract.
Serve in a teacup and sprinkle lavender buds or cinnamon on top.

Back to Imbolc-Candlemas

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Apparently tumblr ate my last post, so here it is again.

Just removed some bees from a fallen tree! It was super fun (and hot!) and I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do during an extraction. The property owner was super nice and helpful, so it was an even more enjoyable experience (and probably took half as long as it would have.)
The only downside is that now I can’t go outside without getting attacked by several bees because I smell like attack pheromone. They always get stuck in my hair for some reason…

They are currently in my better top bar hive, because they are actually small-cell bees.

Their tree hive was completely dead and they were mostly all sitting just outside the entrance like a swarm. I opened up the hive and there were no bees in it, but all the comb was completely slimed and covered in small hive beetle larvae. The entrance was also covered with them, but more grown beetles than larva.
They would not have survived long anyways after I had extracted them due to the infestation. So it was more like a bee colony save than a hive extraction.

Milk Tea for Imbolc

(I don’t do measurements)

Lavender
Cinnamon (a little goes a LONG way)
Vanilla Bean (or extract)
Honey (or maple syrup)
Milk (can use coconut if not dairy)

Carefully heat milk together with lavender in a small pan on the stove for about 10 minutes (watch so it doesn’t boil over).  
Strain out lavender and discard.  
Whisk in the honey and vanilla bean (or extract).  
Pour into a serving cup, top with a dash of cinnamon and a few lavender buds (optional).



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Our SUPER DUPER HIGH TECH FLOW HIVE HONEY EXTRACTION PROCESS

No, actually this is NOT the official Flow Hive recommended method of honey extraction.

BUT we went up the mountain today to check on the bees and found out that they didn’t make it (sad but not entirely unexpected, we started them VERY late which meant they weren’t able to build up a lot of food stores, and it’s been such a cold winter even here in the VALLEY nevermind up on the mountain that apparently a lot of even healthy hives with experienced beekeepers in the area haven’t been making it) but they’d capped a decent amount of honey.  So we cleared their frames just as an initial prep for when we try again in the Spring, and since it was probably under 20F up there which would’ve made honey extraction impossible anyway, we took the flow frames back home with us.

And forgot the tubing that came with hive up on the mountain.  OOPS.

So we rigged this little setup together and it’s been working pretty well.  The Flow frames are great and I’m sure would be working even better if we were actually using them as intended.

We’ve got four jars of honey so far with one frame still draining and one more still to crack open – I was honestly worried we weren’t going to have enough even for ourselves nevermind to hand out as gifts (especially to Dad-In-Law since he’s the one who’s funded about 98% of this whole enterprise).

And oh my god it is so tasty.  Like, there’s the typical clover in there, which I’m not terribly enamored of, just because they mostly gathered pollen in late Summer and Fall, so they mostly only had clover to collect from.  But we also suspected that they were collecting from the raspberry bushes and guys GUYS

the honey tastes like raspberries

I’m, like, blown away, and I can’t wait to see what the new hives are able to do with the entirety of Spring and Summer to collect pollen.