Rendering Honey

Yesterday and today we are rendering honey.  Placed in the oven at low heat the honey remains unpasteurized and mixes with all things good as it drips into the pans below…propolis and pollen.  We are well aware that the highest price honey is virtually flavourless, but the people who buy ours cherish the opposite…its full flavour.  Coarse sieved this honey sells quickly around here.  Used on hot bread right out of the oven it is an earthy treat!  And the unrefined wax/pollen mix is highly cherished as well, used in salves and ointments.  But it is the odour that is literally intoxicating these few days when we do this process.  There’s not much honey this year.  The hive was new last year and it always takes them a while to ramp up to full production.  If they survive the winter then we can expect much more in 2018.  We have two hives on order for spring delivery.  Three fully producing hives makes a huge amount of honey..potentially over 300# worth easily.  Those are the fat years; this one is rather lean as far as honey is concerned…

P1000028.JPG