Crushing and Straining a Small Batch of Honey


We pulled a foundationless frame of honey from one of our honey supers yesterday:

Then we cut it up:

Then we ate some, biting right into the comb, had the biggest sugar rush of our lives, and then cut the rest of the comb off the frame. It came to about 4 pounds of comb honey (1.8kg).

After we fully recovered from our heavy duty sugar crash, we crushed the comb with a potato masher:

Drained the honey through a standard kitchen strainer overnight:

The next morning we removed the bowl:

Put the sticky beeswax aside (we’ll let the bees clean the honey off it later):

And here’s the left over liquid honey:

We don’t have the exact weight of it yet, but according to our measuring bowl in the photo, it’s about 1000ml (1 litre), and one litre of honey weight approximately 1.425kg, which is a little over 3 pounds of liquid honey. Not bad.


UPDATE (Sept. 05/11): I’m not sure about any of the measurements. 1 litre of honey might weigh more than 3 pounds. I’ve weighed the four bottles and each of them comes to just over 1 pound each, minus the weight of the bottle. That’s about 4 pounds of honey, not 3. I’ll try to be more exact when we bottle of the rest of this year’s honey.

UPDATE (Sept. 08/11): We crushed and strained another frame of honey comb last night and lined the kitchen strainer with a reusable paint strainer. It filtered out all the small pieces of wax. (I didn’t know what a paint strainer was until I got into beekeeping.)

UPDATE (Oct. 20/11): You don’t need foundationless frames to crush and strain your honey. Here’s a mislabelled video called Extracting Honey, Part 1 that demonstrates how easy it is to remove honey comb from a conventional frame using a spatula. They hardly have any capped honey on the frame, but you get the picture. They simply scrape the comb off the frame and then crush it up like we did.

UPDATE (Jan. 23/12): We used a paint strainer for straining some larger batches of crushed comb, but it’s not necessary for a small batch like this. The regular kitchen strainer works fine. Some wax will make it into the honey but will rise to the top as the honey clears. (Give it about a week.) A little bit of wax won’t hurt you, and the amount is small and easily scraped away (that is, eaten) with the first spoonful of honey. Removing the wax removes some of the flavour, too, so don’t worry too much about removing wax.

2 thoughts on “Crushing and Straining a Small Batch of Honey

  1. Wow I was just asking about this on a forum for montana beekeepers I have 5 super frames that i have left the foundation off of and was gonna experiment with this idea. Thanks for showing me it will work..


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