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Video:How to Harvest Honey from Bees

with Andrew Coté

If you want real, organic honey, you have to go straight to the source. We'll show you how to harvest delicious honey from bees.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Harvest Honey from Bees

Hi. I'm Andrew Cote from Andrew's Honey.com and author of the Urban Beekeeping Bible. Here for About.com. Today we're going to harvest honey. We've already taken the honey off of the bee hive. And, we're going to uncap it, put it in the centrifuge, spin it, put it through the sieve and bottle it.

Capped Honey

This is a honey shallow. So, hopefully what we've got here are frames of nicely capped honey. These are very nice frames. We've got capped honey. All this is capped honey.

Tools Needed to Harvest Honey

So, we've got a few different tools when we extract honey. We have the centrifuge. This is a hand cranked, 9 frame, centrifuge. The frames will go in there. Spin it. It's a lot like enriching uranium except for we get beautiful honey at the end of the process.

This, is called an uncapping knife. It's plugged in, it's heated. This is - I believe it's called a scraper, I'll show you how it works in a second.

Scraping the Honey

So, here is one of ten, in this case, frames of honey. And, this knife has been heated so you don't want to apply it to your skin. And you slice down, or saw down, perhaps, is more apt. Now up here on the, here there are a few of the cappings that are too low. So, you take the scarper and you very carefully, I do it in sort of a crisscross pattern. You open up those cells. You don't want to do it too deeply, because you don't want the bees to have to work any harder then they must to rebuild the wax. Repeat on the other side. Again, you want to try to get those last stubborn cells to open up and then, you take the now uncapped, it's very hard not to cheat - I like it.

Place Honey into Centrifuge

You take the uncapped frame, you open up your centrifuge, and you place it in, and repeat. Here's the centrifuge fully loaded and if you look inside we've got 9 frames. They're uncapped, they're all ready to go. There's already honey dripping down inside. I have got the - the valve closed for the moment. And, I'm going to just spin it. Now, I always begin spinning it slowly and work the speed up, It's hard to say how long this needs to be done for. You need to do it until it's done and what that means is - until there's no more honey coming out. OK, so now we're going in the opposite direction, and we have switched arms - to keep balance with the universe.

Extracting the Honey

A sieve, a double sieve here - that's the spigot - we just spun these frames out. Here comes the liquid gold. Now these bits of wax are going to be filtered out by this.

This bucket is honey from the shallow we just extracted. And, I'm going to bottle one now. It's probably a good idea to keep an empty bottle under the bottler. So, here we are. Liquid gold. Nectar of the Gods. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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