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Extracting honey without an extractor

Extracting honey in a colander

Comb honeyCan you get honey out of the comb without an extractor.  Well, sure.

Just cut the comb off the frame, put it in a colander atop a bowl, and mash everything up a bit with a potato masher (or spoon.)

Honey will slowly trickle down into the bowl...slow being the operative word if you start out with frozen honey from a dead hive in January.

On the scale of our two person family, the truth is that extracting honey using a bowl and colander is probably the best option --- faster than cleaning the extractor, really.  Yet another reason to set my sights on top bar hives.

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That is just how I got the honey from my hollow log beehive 4 years ago! I see you are pressing brood honey- I did that as well, but it was a bit strong for my taste. But the new honey was so delicious- tasted like Kudzu flowers. Like jasmine almost.

Enjoy your honey!

Comment by Eric in Japan Sun Jan 15 19:36:57 2012
I actually really enjoy the dark, strong-tasting honey. It could all be in my mind, though --- I read once that it was better for you, and that stuck. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Jan 16 11:38:13 2012

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