We are finally back to writing blog posts after we recovered from our recent computer crash. Sorry for the delay.
Back in July, we harvested and extracted honey from our hives. The next step is bottling the honey. After bottling, the honey must be labeled if it is to be sold. Since we were planning on selling some of our honey, we planned to label it after bottling.
Day One of Bottling
We started with four partially filled two gallon food grade buckets. It was about seventy-five pounds of honey.
Olivia pouring honey into a queenline jar. We set the jar on a scale so that we could keep the amount of honey in each jar semi equal.
Abigail pouring honey into a queenline jar. We did not pour directly from the two gallon buckets because of how heavy they were. Instead, we poured the honey first into a smaller food grade container than into the jar.
We filled all the jars to the same place so that all the jars would have an even amount of honey in them.
Bottling honey is a very sticky process that includes lots of hand washing.
Bethany looking longing at the honey.
Bethany moving a bucket of honey to bottle.
The finished product. The air bubbles will move to the top over the next couple of days leaving the honey clearer.
Honey Harvest and Extraction Take Two
In mid August, we harvested honey again. We pulled significantly less honey then the first time. The Sanders helped us extract again. We extracted about forty-two pounds of honey. We harvested and extracted a total of one hundred and seventeen pounds of honey. This is really good because the honey came off of one established hive and two new hives.
All the honey fitted in three two pound buckets which we may have gotten from a local gas station.
Honey Bottling Day Two
We bottled the second batch of honey on August 21st. This honey was noticeably darker than the first batch and tasted different.
Abigail and Bethany poured the honey into the bottles. Mom put lids on all the honey jars.
Bethany poured her honey into queenline jars while Abigail poured her honey into pint jars.
Olivia wiped down all the jars.
Labeling the Honey
As I previously said honey must be labeled before it can be sold. Honey labels must include the name of the product (i.g. raw local honey), ingredients list if there are extra ingredients (our honey has no additional ingredients), weight, where honey was bottled, and a warning that honey should not be given to infants under the age of one.
Mom cut out each of the labels.
Bethany placed the labels on the lids of the labels.
Abigail weighed the honey and wrote the weight on the label.
Olivia tied our business cards to the honey jars. Our friend cut yarn for Olivia to use.
Our finished product!
We put the plastic wrap we used to pull the foam off the honey outside and the bees went crazy for the honey.
A close up of a couple bees. There is nothing like free honey to a honey bee.
What was awesome was that it was mostly bees. There were very few wasps or flies.