There are a few reasons that people keep bees, but my top reason is “for the honey.” I just love real natural raw honey. Most of the honey products that you find on the shelves at your local grocery store have been processed so much that many of the benefits have been lost.
Most store bought honey is separated from its wax by a process involving high temperatures and rapid spinning, both of which degrade the natural benefits of truly raw honey. Some of the big brands even add other ingredients. In this article, I will show you how to separate honey from beeswax without heat or spinning.
Separate Honey from Beeswax
The process is actually pretty easy. Here’s a list of what you will need
- 5 gallon buckets or big pots (you’ll need three)
- Paint strainer bag (get the 5 gallon type)
- Heavy duty twine or parachute cord (ten feet should be plenty)
- Mason jars (or whatever you’re gonna use to store the honey)
We will assume you have already removed the comb from the hive and have it in your shop or kitchen. If your comb is on plastic foundation, scrape it off and into one of your 5 gallon buckets. Otherwise, just dump all of your comb with honey into the bucket.
With your hands, kneed and crush all of the honey and comb into a mash. Make sure its smashed up really well as this will help the process.
Dump a bunch of the mash into the paint strainer bag. Don’t fill it too full or you won’t be able get it closed and hung up properly.
With your parachute cord or twine, tie the bag closed (I use a clove hitch.) Hang the bag over your other bucket or pot. Try to put this setup in a relatively warm room in your house if possible. 70-85 degrees if possible. Make sure your honey doesn’t get too hot (120 degrees or higher) as this will start to decrease the natural benefits of the honey.
Leave the bag hanging over the pot for 2-3 days if you can stand it. Basically I leave mine until honey stops dripping off the bottom. Your pot or bucket will now contain a bunch of pure, raw, unprocessed honey. Delicious!
Pour the honey into mason jars. Dump the leftover wax into the third bucket or pot. I’ll show you how to render the wax into candles or whatever you want in another post.
In case you’re curious, below is a video of another way to separate honey using a spinning extractor.
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