Today I managed to bottle a little bit of honey. I need to buy more jars! Right now the honey I've extracted is sitting in two five-gallon pails (which weigh well over 50 lbs each) plus a smaller pail holding honey from cappings. The cappings are the wax bits covering each cell of honey. I scrape off the cappings before putting each frame of honey in the extractor. I will try to remember to get some pics of the extracting process when I harvest our next round of honey in a couple of weeks, but here are some from 2010 if you're interested!
Gordon helped me lift one of the buckets of honey up onto an upturned mop bucked on my counter, so it would at the right height for me to slip a jar and scale under the honey gate (opening through which the honey flows.) This 750 mL jar holds a kilogram (2.2 lbs) of honey.
The air bubbles have to settle but it's beautiful and delicious. My bees make amazing stuff.
I had one little 500g jar so I filled it and took it off to enter in the Willamstown Fair, which is Canada's oldest fair. It's celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. I entered in the amateur category. We'll see how my honey does. I've wanted to enter my honey for a couple of years now so I'm glad I finally got my act together and did it!
I'm hoping to get another 200 lbs of honey before August ends, as well as some comb honey. We'll see how it goes. The rain we are finally getting (after a long drought) will slow everything down a bit. Bees can't forage in pouring rain.
Every year, I'm excited to taste our honey and every year, I am amazed at how these industrious little insects create something so wonderful. I never even liked honey until I started keeping bees and tasted raw honey from my own hive. Yummy!