Harvesting Honey from Bees
There are many reasons to get involved in beekeeping. One of the most popular reasons for keeping honey bees is the promise of fresh honey straight from the hive. Thousands of beekeepers produce their own honey each year. But, harvesting honey from bees requires some good planning.
In many regions, those of you who start new colonies from scratch may not get a honey harvest the first season. I know, I know – its difficult to wait a whole year.
However, your beekeeping adventure will not be successful unless your bees are able to survive Winter.
New honey bee colonies have a lot of work to do before cold weather comes. This work includes storing enough honey for Winter.
It is important for any beekeeper to refrain from taking too much honey. Without good food stores, your hives will be dead before Spring.
Exactly when your harvest is ready depends on many local factors. Hive strength, local weather conditions and other factors come into play.
Honey is not harvested year-round in most regions. I harvest once a season whereas some beekeepers have 2 harvest periods. Honey production varies across different areas.
After learning about local beekeeping conditions, you can plan your time to collect honey from the bees.
These techniques and tips will help you collect honey from your bees. And, it gets easier with practice as the years go by. Now let’s get that honey crop off the hive. – How to Harvest Honey
Bringing in a honey harvest is a lot of fun but it can be hard work too. I have a collection of a few quick tips that might help you get off to a good start. – Easy Tips for Harvesting Honey.
Processing Honey After Harvest
Protecting your honey harvest is just as important as collecting it. If you have a lot of honey, you will probably store it in 5 gallon buckets.
Smaller producers usually bottle up the total crop into jars. Quart jars are the most common size for storing honey. These are not as heavy as buckets and are easy to re-pour into smaller containers if desired.
Beekeepers have many different choices when it comes to honey containers. Good honey always deserves a nice clean container.
If you plan to give away or sell honey, plan on having containers of different sizes. Consumers who use a lot of honey will go for the big jars.
Those who are not as familiar with raw honey like to buy smaller containers.
Now we let’s get that honey bottled and ready to use. Honey Packaging – Bottling Honey
A Label for Your Honey Jar
Once your honey crop is ready to sell or give away – you have another consideration. Labels for your honey jars!
Honey labels are be purchased ready to use – where you just add the weight and contact information. Or, you can design and print your own label.
Either way, the honey harvest is not complete until you have the correct information on each jar.
This is especially important if you are planning to sell them. – Labeling Honey – A Complete Guide
As I always tell students in my online beekeeping class, ” nothing will ever taste better than honey from your own beehive”.
A lot of hard work is involved in harvesting honey from bees. Make the most out of every drop.