Well, I waited long enough to do this. First of all, I’ve never done any of this before. Second, I was so in awe over the whole process I didn’t want anyone to miss how beautiful the frames looked. And to harvest the first year! What joy! I showed the frames to everyone who visited, and there was much finger dipping. Typically, beekeepers who use the standard frames will harvest their honey with an extractor. Those are expensive and I didn’t care to either buy one or rent one for just two half-sized frames. And God didn’t give me one out of the blue along with a bunch of other equipment while I was reading a beekeeping book from an elderly woman on the ferry whose beekeeping husband just passed on, either (that happened to my friend’s husband!).
Me, I just scraped.
The scraping itself was relatively easy, but the frame was SO heavy! I was afraid I’d drop the whole thing!
I set up the entire batch into a large colander over a large pot to strain. Then I covered the whole top with plastic wrap and just let gravity do its thing. The next morning, most of the honey had strained through. I gave the beeswax/honey mixture a stir and let it strain some more. Then, I strained it once again with a smaller sieve. I saved the beeswax for chewing (the kids love it!) and I’m going to experiment with making honey-lip balm with the rest.
I was delighted to find I had two very full quarts! And the taste is incredible! I look at it like liquid gold, real raw food with real healing properties. And because it’s from my own yard, I expect this wonderful sticky liquid to help combat against pollen allergies for our family as well.