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 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


No-bake energy balls! These have been so awesome for times when I just want a little snack. They contain : dark chocolate chips, peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract, old-fashioned oats, flaxseed, & toasted coconut. Mmm!

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Making Good Night Lavender Chai


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


  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). 


Lavender Faery Wine for Imbolc

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.

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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. 

🎀 Charming Lip Balm 🎀

To charm anyone in your path~

*petroleum jelly
*vanilla extract
*peppermint extract
*crushed rosemary/lavender
*container of choice with lid

- heat the petroleum jelly for 30 seconds
- mix in ½ tsp of honey, mix well
- mix in two drops vanilla, 3 drops peppermint, mix well
- sprinkle in the rosemary or lavender
- while mixing, focus all intent and energy into the Balm
- place in the container, tightening the lid
- let set overnight

Use anytime you’d like to get your way*

*does not work in sexual situations.

Milk Tea for Imbolc

(I don’t do measurements)

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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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”

Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Fudge!

So here’s the thing…I HAVE been cooking. But work has been so busy I haven’t had time to post anything! I’ve been dead tired every. single. day. So I wanted to make a point to share this super yummy paleo fudge recipe so that I don’t feel like I’m only living for my 9 to 5. This fudge was SO easy to make and was a real crowd pleaser that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. Make it, freeze it and treat yourself!

  • Prep time: 20 Minutes (plus minimum 30 minute freeze time)
  • Yields 16 squares


  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra to top
  • 4-5 tbsp of unsweetened carob (or cacao!) powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ dark chocolate bar of your choice, chopped


  • Add coconut oil to a food processor.
  • Then add almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, vanilla extract, and honey and a pinch of salt. Mix all ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pour half the ingredients into an 8″x8″ pan and use a spoon to spread out evenly.
  • Place in freezer to harden.
  • Meanwhile, place food processor bowl back on the motor and add your carob powder. Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time, mixing as you go to make sure you don’t add too much.
  • Once carob powder is incorporated, add a pinch of salt, mix well, and then pour your chocolate fudge on top of your now hardened almond butter fudge.
  • Sprinkle with chopped dark chocolate bar, shredded coconut, and a bit of salt and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!!

Extracting honey is a sacred ritual #HealthyAddiction & #NomNom #Repost @adelaidebeesanctuary
Just can’t get enough of filming the uncapping process. It gets a bit tricky doing it with one hand and recording at the same time! #adelaide #bee #sanctuary #summer #honey /// #delish #SacredRitual #PathOfPollen

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Yesterday, I phoned hope and asked: Is it possible to extract a perfume from fish and onion? He replied: Yes. I asked: And is it possible to light fire from water? He replied: Yes. I asked: And can honey be extracted from bitter apples? He replied: Yes. I asked: And is it possible to place the Earth in Saturn’s pocket? He replied: Yes, certainly, of course, everything is possible! I then asked: Then surely, our Arab leaders will one day feel ashamed? And hope replied: Spit in my face if that ever happens. - Ahmed Matar
*Three boys in the city of Qayyarah, south of Mosul, November 2016.

sherlooks  asked:

Sherlock secretly keeping bees somewhere in 221B for a bit for some 'very necessary experimental' reasons (which might be related to the fact he just really likes them), but stupidly he doesn't tell John or Mrs Hudson. One day, John opens the wrong cupboard to investigate a buzzing noise. Sherlock apologizes for weeks, but John can't be angry with the idiot for long. Mrs Hudson is only angry at how Sherlock was trying to keep them in a cupboard, and allows him to set up a roof hive immediately.

If Sherlock has a roof hive at 221b. Consider i died from that thought adsfadsdahsffs. Can you imagine him extracting honey my god. John would be so proud of him.Of course they can move to sussex later.

Banana Bread

Solid and sticky banana bread, just perfect!

1 cup coconut flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
4 large eggs
2 cups mashed extremely ripe bananas (4-5)
1 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut oil, melted

Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 9x5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper or grease the pan with coconut oil.

You can whisk manually or a hand mixer (I used a mixer) in the following order:
Eggs, bananas, vanilla, honey, oil, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, coconut flour.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Bake in the preheated oven for about an hour (my oven is slow, I needed an hour and 15 minutes for the toothpick test).

Wait until it cools, then very gently turn it out of the pan (I didn’t wait, and it slid right out of my hot pan, and the corner broke off. You can see it on the picture, but the bread is actually so sticky I could just stick it right back for the pic :) )



‘How ‘bout A Little More Baklava’ from Aladdin

If I had a magical genie pop out of a lamp my first two wishes would be for baklava and by the third wish I think that the genie would have caught on to the theme of these wishes. Baklava is a wonderful decadent treat, but it can also be a serious pain in the ass to make on account of it usually coming in big sticky wedges that you have to build up layer by layer. 

Enter the phyllo cup. 

These tiny little blessings made this baklava about as easy to make as, oh, rubbing a lamp! Fear not the baklava, for it is delicious and makes everything a little bit sweeter.

- MJ & K

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A Cookie You Can Eat for Breakfast

Superfood Oatmeal Cookies


3 large, very ripe bananas, peeled
½ cup creamy almond butter
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup (at least 60% cocoa) dark chocolate chips
¼ cup dried cherries


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork. Stir in the almond butter, butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. In a separate medium bowl, stir together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and dried cherries. Drop dough by the spoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are done. Let cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

THE SKINNY (per 2 cookies): 240 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat fat, 0g trans fat, 32g carb, 4g fiber, 6g protein