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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Harvesting Honey with My brother Barry

I traveled to my hometown of Natchez, MS this weekend to help my brother Barry harvest his very first honey.  He was so excited.  He had asked me what he needed to do crush and strain and had bought everything I said down to the flexible cutting boards and a pestle!

Here he is harvesting his first honey crop (click on the slideshow to view it full screen):


  1. Very cool! I remember that feeling with the first harvest, really great. Saturday is my harvest day, can't wait to see what I end up with. It looks like a really good honey year because of all the rain and wildflowers that the rain produced. I'll be posting on my blog.

  2. Congrats to Barry on his first harvest! So exciting!!! Linda, I would love to have pestles like yours. Where do you find them?

  3. I would suggest a potato masher than the pestle. Choose a masher that is designed to not strain the wax. The masher would cover a larger surface area and make the extraction more efficient.

  4. Maybe I'll experiment with that the next time. My potato masher has holes in it that will allow uncrushed wax to come through - the pestle does not and smashes everything in its path - but indeed it has a smaller surface area than the potato masher.

  5. Anonymous7:23 AM

    A man with a motorized honey extractor is happier and more satisfied!


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