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November 30, 2007

Straining Honey

Straining honey takes some thought. Why are you wanting to strain your honey? What is in the honey that you need to strain it? With what equipment or material do you use to strain the honey? How do you prepare the honey in order to strain it?

Just after extracting, there are bees and bee parts in the honey as well as beetles and wax from the decapping that needs to be strained out. But the honey is too thick to strain easily. How will I get around that?

I place the honey buckets in the heater that I made. Before I do anything, I have to clean the heater. When you spill honey in the bottom on your heater, it is always a good idea to clean it up so the buckets are not sticky when pouring the honey into the strainer. The last time I used the heater I had an accident and was rushed for time, so I now have to clean the heater before I get started.

Soap and water with a good rag and lots of elbow grease is good to clean up after I use a solid spatula to get the majority of the honey scraped off the floor of the heater. Normally, when I clean up, I use some bleach to disinfect the inside. Not really necessary, but it doesn’t hurt either.

I put two pails of honey in the heater for 8 to 24 hours, so the honey is hot enough to pour through the strainer and run/drip into the honey bucket below. Usually I strain honey, straight into the bottling bucket because I am getting ready to go to a festival. Sometimes, though, I strain honey just to have it ready for bottling when I need to supply my customers. When that is the case, I usually heat it for about 8-10 hours so when I pour the honey into the bottling bucket the bubbles can rise to the top to keep the bottled honey clear.

Now is the time to inventory your bottles and jars to make sure you will have enough when the next festival arrives.

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