Thursday, 3 January 2008
I strained my arm carrying a super of honey (around 15 kilos) abour 100 metres at arms length. (it was supposed to be bee free but wasn't quite). It was gloriously chocker with honey, each frame extended beyond the frame edges each cell bulging with honey. This time we were lucky and a local man with an extractor extracted it for us. We ended up with a metal bucket with around 8 litres or 12 kilos of honey (honey is 40% heavier than water). It was fabulous, Caleb got a real kick out of using the hand spinner and exclaiming at the river of honey. We strained it at home and bottled it up, five bottles had vanilla beans inserted not sure yet whether it infuses the honey, or whether the honey over powers the subtler flavour. We gave the bottles away for Christmas, along with jars of home made strawberry jam and cubes of fetta in garlic and rosemary oil, and a box of Lings handmade turkish delight. Really got a kick out of giving homemade gifts from the garden.