Three steps to honey heaven!
It all starts with the bees of course. They go out far and wide to bring back nectar from all manner of plants. They are very lucky to live in an area rich with diverse flora for them to feed on. To cut a very long story short, they convert the nectar to honey and store it in frames that are in the hives they live in.
My job is to then remove the frames, as they are filled up and sealed. Then the fun begins!
The frames have to be 'un-capped' This season I have started using a heat-gun, that melts the thin wax capping's. It is highly efficient and causes less mess! The delicate comb, that the bees have made, is also damaged a lot less than if I used a traditional uncapping-knife. The frames with comb can also be re-used, so the bees do not have to work hard building more of them up, to put their new honey in.
The frames are then put into a honey extractor that spins the honey out of the frames. This season I have bought a new 12 frame extractor that makes life a lot easier!
Then, the honey is filtered into a settling-tank. The filter removes bits of wax etc. but retains a lot of pollen particles. Pollen in honey helps hay-fever sufferers to build up an immunity to the pollen that actually causes their condition in the first place.
After a spell in the settling tank the honey is then bottled in jars. Nothing is added or used as a substitute to 'bulk things out.' Nor is my honey blended with less superior honey, like the stuff found in supermarkets. At no time is my honey heat-treated or messed about in any way. This preserves its natural properties.