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Problems with extracting your honey by hand

Pouring honeyThere are two small difficulties with extracting your honey by hand.  The first occurred to me as I left the honey dripping into a bowl overnight --- in the summer, that bowl would attract ants like crazy.  (Of course, in the summer, it probably wouldn't take all night for the honey to settle out of the wax.)

The other slight problem is that you get a few wax particles in your honey.  There are several ways to deal with this --- you can strain the honey through a finer sieve or cloth, or you can wait until the wax floats to the top of the jar and just skim it off.  Or you can do what I do and just savor the honey, wax and all --- the tiny specks aren't really noticeable.

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We use a crock pot + temperature controller to hold the honey at a precise temperature without supervision. The results is a clean separation of wax from honey using a metal filter. This is quite similar to your technique, but might give you some new options.

Comment by Mikey Sklar Wed Jan 18 14:08:04 2012

Short and sweet --- I liked it.

It looks like you're using plastic foundation, thus the butter knife?

Comment by anna Thu Jan 19 10:39:11 2012

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