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The Adventures of a Novice Beekeper

4lb

In case you were wondering (and I’m sure you were), I didn’t just leave that tub of honey festering on the floor of the pantry. Well, actually, I did, but only for a couple of weeks while I got distracted by other stuff. But, finally, last weekend I did indeed get round to bottling it. I bought some nice small (4oz) jars from this place and sterilised them by putting them in a cold oven and then leaving them in there, on newspaper-covered trays, for 20 minutes or so while I raised the temperature to 130o C.

Then I decanted the honey into each of them in turn – an impressively sticky business. I managed to fill 16 and a bit jars – in other words, a grand total of 4lb for this year’s harvest. I’m trying very hard not to compare this with my far more experienced friends in the village who managed to extract around a hundred times that amount. It was, after all, my first year, starting from a small, single colony – and a colony that swarmed halfway through the season, too.

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But the most important thing is, of course, that it tastes absolutely gorgeous. There is nothing quite like eating honey produced by your own bees.

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2 Comments

  1. That honey looks amazing! Pretty impressive for your first honey harvest. I would beg for some if I lived close enough to get it…

  2. admin

    October 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Thank you! And you would be more than welcome 🙂

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