Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bottling Our Honey

This week we've bottled the honey we harvested last week. For details on the harvest, check out this post.

The bottling process proved to be much less of a challenge than the harvesting and extracting. It really was as simple as it sounds: the honey was in the 5-gallon bucket, and once it had finished sitting for a few days (to let out the oxygen bubbles), it was ready to pour into bottles. That's it!

Since we believe that raw honey is best, there is nothing to be done but bottle. Literally- honey doesn't go bad, so there is no "canning" process, and since we don't believe that "pasteurizing" the honey is beneficial, we don't do it. We want all that healthy, lovely pollen in our honey that will help to fight seasonal allergies and provide antioxidants, among other benefits.

So, the process was simple. Here's what we did:

Poured the honey into a five gallon bucket, designed for honey bottling, with a spout at the bottom:

 When one jar was full, we shut the spout, grabbed another jar and began again. Easy!

When both bottling nights were complete, we had 62 bottles. Below the first night's harvest is featured, which was 48 jars. (The second harvest was only fall honey, which is less plentiful but tastier and healthier.)




We spent another night putting on labels, and the jars which will be sold were brought to the farm (they are exclusive for CSA members at the farm where we are members, and Garrett keeps his bees). We kept some to give as gifts at Christmas, and some for family use.

All family members had a lovely tea with honey to celebrate!

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    1. We thought so too, and I couldn't get over how easy that part of the process was. :)

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