Newspaper, Plastic containers and other things to mitigate the mess.
Here is a link to a video that explains the steps I took to do this first extraction. I only did a few frames so, I will post additional updates on the process to share the efficiencies that I have found.
Disclaimer: Before I even start this post, I do not have any honey yet… I will be letting the bees keep whatever they have made so far in the hives for winter. I just happened to help another beekeeper today at Park Heights and took some photos of the process. Her hives are a more mature than mine and this happens to be her first collection for the year. I thought it would be neat to show the end product.
So, let’s start from the beginning, below are photos of the hives at the main site of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance. There are currently 8 functioning hives that support the community garden for active pollination.
Laverne is another Baltimore City beekeeper that has four hives at the site and she has collected one shallow box of honey for the CSA Group (Community Support Agriculture) at Park Heights.
Before we harvested the honey, we checked on the status of all of the hives and treated for hive beetles. If you notice in the photo above she has a few small hive beetles and beekeepers often use hive beetle traps filled with cooking oil as a preventative treatment measure. Another remedy that she employed was the use of Swiffer pads at the top of the hive which traps the beetles. Small hive beetles have been linked to colony collapse so early and persistent treatment is needed.
She also used a calming spray. I found a link (from GardenFork.tv) on a DIY version of the calming spray that can be used instead of smoke, in the photos you may notice that I had my smoker, but it was too damp and I had a hard time keeping it lit, so long live the spray.
Spray and hive
Controlling hive beetles
The hive beetle trap
Inserting the hive beetle trp
The tools for the day
Below are some more shots of the frame removal and placement into a storage container. The frames will be taken off-site for honey extraction. In the near future, I hope to share a post on the honey extraction process.
Using the frame grpper
Pulling out a frame of honey
Storing the honey fames
Getting rid of the bees from the box
Sealing the box
Taking the box offsite for extraction
Well, I hope that you find this information on the honey collection and small hive beetle treatment informative. I will post again soon with more bee adventures.
It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon and after a great tomato and pepper harvest. I had a bunch of tomatoes and some nice summer fruits in the fridge. So, I wanted to find something that related to blogging to do with them and pass along ways to use what I had in my kitchen to make something new. So here is my Honey BBQ Sauce…
Salt and Spices
So I started off with the following ingredients
Tomatoes (4 Heirloom – large, 6 Roma, 5 – 6 Hybrids and a few Cherries)
1 Bell Pepper
1 Hot Pepper
1 cup of Blueberries
1 Nectarine (you can use any summer fruit that you have)
Hot Sauce (if you want it extra spicy – I actually had enough heat without it for this batch)
How to Prepare:
Spray large Pot with Olive Oil Spray at High to Mid Heat Add a mix of chopped tomatoes, and other items.
Chopped up contents
Hot pot with olive oil base
Beginning to cook down souce
Gradually reduce heat and stir in the ingredients. Add seasoning in layers, so I begin with onions, tomatoes, peppers, and fruit. Then I add a sprinkle of salt, black pepper, and garlic. Let this cook down for few minutes then add more chopped tomatoes and then add the next round of spices.
Cooked down contents with seasoning
Mixed in blueberries with seasoning
Brown Sugar added
Pouring in Honey
Stirring in honey…
After you notice that it has cooked down, I add the blueberries, sugar, and honey. I continue to stir and spices which include red pepper and Tajin. At this point, the temperature is at low and I use a gas stove which allows for some latitude in the heat.
Using Mixer for BBQ Sauce
Skin from tomatoes
Straining the Sauce
Close up of contents
I used the hand-mixer to start to liquefy the sauce. I then used a strainer to remove some of the tomato skins from the sauce. You may let it rest on the stove for another 5 minutes on low before packaging with a funnel.
Bottle, refrigerate and enjoy within 2-3 weeks. I will give some away to friends and use on my labor day wings and ribs! I make small batches so that I can enjoy fresh sauce and learn new ways to modify my sauces.
Questions! Let me know if the recipe works for you. I am more of an experimental cook so if you have comments I will respond quickly.
For kids, I would go with spinach and additional fruits to make this more of a treat.
Optional – Other greens
This is one is pretty sweet because of the beets. Many people don’t like beets but they are one of my favorites.
Honey Half and Half
Fresh Lemons and Lime Juice
Green Tea with Fresh Mint Leaves Brewed over night
Optional: Add Fresh Ginger
The key is to use funnels to fill the popsicle tubes. I actually used two sizes of the funnels. It was not difficult but some of the bags were easier to open than others. Here is a link to the bags that I bought which were pretty inexpensive. My family has had mixed results. My husband still loves his sugar but says these aren’t bad for being healthy.
This morning, I took some quick photos of the bees in my garden. They were sipping from the autumn sunflowers. I was inspired and in a positive frame of mind on my way to the Eastern Apiculture Society, Conference in Newark, DE, and I thought of the simple beauty of the bees.
I only found out about the conference the other day, so I ventured with my bee mentor Mick to the University of Delaware campus to see the gathering of beekeepers and to buy supplies directly from vendors at the conference. Below are some photos of the different types of honey that were featured along with other products/crafts.
The bee crowd is friendly! I was able to get a great deal of good information in the short period of time that we spent in the exhibitor’s area. Here is the link for Eastern Apiculture Society. They are a wealth of information and I recently joined so that next year, I can participate when they go to Hampton, VA in August 2018.