When the Bees have more honey in their hive, than they need, usually twice a year, April and at the end of July depending on the weather, we go to the hive and remove the supers; these are the hive sections that contain the frames filled with honey. The frames are then uncapped, this is a thin layer of wax cappings left by the bees to seal up the honey. Once removed, this lets the honey out when the frames are spun in the extractor. The extractor is a stainless steel cylindrical tank with a carrousel that spins, this allows all the honey to be spun out of the frame, this all drains to the bottom of the tank where it can be removed and filtered.
Our honey is cold extracted, cold filtered and unblended to protect the natural flavour, proteins and enzymes that make honey a special food.
We site our hives in early spring on fields of oil seed rape, this gives a lovely light coloured honey with a mild flavour, this honey crystallises very quickly and I mostly sell this as creamed honey, as when it sets it gets very hard to remove from the jar! Often called Geller Honey, as it bends spoons.
After the oil seed rape has finished flowering, the bees then go on general wild flowers and field beans. This gives a medium coloured honey with a medium flavour. This Honey stays runny for much longer and I mostly sell this as runny honey. Please note; this will still set after a while, sooner if kept cold.
If you prefer soft or runny honey this can soon be solved by warming the honey slightly, never over heat or boil honey or it will be spoiled! The jar should feel warm to the touch not hot! Over heated honey will lose its delicate flavour and taste more like molasses, this will only be good for cooking or may be completely ruined!The best way I feel to warm honey is to leave the jar in warm water, making sure the lid is on tightly! You can warm it in a microwave, making sure the lid is off! Or place the jar on a warm radiator monitoring it closely.