I accidentally put this in the wrong place. I am re-posting it here. The original post date was May 24, and I harvested the honey Sunday May, 23.
I built a honey extractor out of odd parts and tried it out yesterday. I immediately twisted itself into a corkscrew shape. I need to redesign.
In the meantime I had pulled 15 frames of honey from Connie. Connie is one of my beehives that is very very successful and I had a hive box full of honey from last year and another half a box full of honey from this year.
I scraped off the comb by hand and use cheesecloth to strain it. I now have two and a half gallons of raw honey. I filled a dozen 12 oz bears, 18 small baby food jars and 1-1/2 64 oz containers with honey.
I have taken two hot soaking baths since, but I still feel sticky. The honeycomb gets on your skin and won’t come off. It softens the skin and it is used in cosmetics, but doesn’t wash off. I have about 3 pounds of raw honeycomb in the cheesecloth that I have to melt and filter. I also have a quart of “chunk” honey for Jim, who likes his honey unfiltered with the occasional dead bee in it.
I ate so much honey in the process of straining and bottling the stuff that I feel icky today.
I am giving away the baby food jars at work to coworkers and the guy at the coffee shop from Pakistan who used to keep bees.