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Honey production

From the hive to the shop shelf

What happens to honey once it has been taken out of the hive? How is it turned into the product on the shop shelf?

The most important process involves straining the honey to remove things like beeswax and bits of bees. The honeycombs are placed in a kitchen sieve or strainer, and the honey pours through into a container below. It is important that this is done in a room where bees can’t get in, as they are immediately attracted by the smell of the honey.

The honey is allowed to settle in the container for at least 24 hours. During this time bubbles burst and debris rises to the top, where it is removed with a spoon.

The strained honey is then poured into sterilised jars or bottles with tight-fitting lids and is ready to use or sell.

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