On Sunday June 30, 2019 we pulled four frames of honey; three deeps and one medium. We put those frames in nuc box after brushing off the bees and carried them into the kitchen. The box tipped the scale at just over 30 pounds.
We used the crush and strain method of extraction; scraping the wax and honey off the frames into a five-gallon bucket with a strainer bag inside. After the bulk of the honey had dripped through the strainer we dumped the wax into a bowl and crushed it to free the rest of the honey from the wax and put it back into the strainer suspended in the bucket.
Since honey flows better in warmer temperatures we put the lid on the bucket and set it outside where it was above 80° and left it for several hours. Then we brought it back inside and filled some 12 oz jars from the honey gate (the spout in the base of the bucket) and put our labels on the jars. Then came the ultimate test; trying the honey on some English muffins. Those nooks and crannies oozed with melted butter and golden honey and were one of the most delicious things we’ve ever tasted.
The next day I took a jar, two packages of English muffins and some butter to the office to see how accurate our taste test was. Turns out we were spot on. Everyone raved. Benji “DJ Frap” Shepherd said it was the best honey he’d ever tasted and quickly ordered a jar.