Honey Extraction Day at Hillendale Apiary!
It had been about a month since our last visit to Hillendale Apiary and we couldn’t wait to go back, visit the bees (and puppies) and help with honey extraction! The forager bees had been busy collecting nectar and passing it on to the young worker bees who process it into honey.
Did you know that a honeybee out gathering nectar can hold 70mg in her honey stomach? That is about as much as the bee weighs herself. To fill that honey stomach a honeybee needs to visit 100-1500 flowers! (Lansing State Journal, 1997) In a season, a hive can produce between 25-70 pounds of honey depending upon the weather, location and strength of the hive. Laura and Tom had about 6 frames full of honey to extract from their hives on our visit.
This frame is HEAVY with honey!
Video: Watch the honey extraction process. (Click the arrow in the middle of the jar of honey.)
Hello Bella! Hello Chimay! We will come visit you at Hillendale soon!!! xoxo
Honey Kissed Blue Cheese Tartlets:
I love nibbling on the savory and sweet delights on a cheese board. Blue cheese drizzled with honey was the inspiration for this super quick, 6 ingredient, bite-sized tartlet.
Stir together cream cheese, blue cheese, pecans and chives. Mound into mini fillo cups. Bake. Sprinkle with chives and drizzle with honey. Simple & delicious!
Honey Kissed Fruit & Yogurt Tartlets:
Yogurt, honey and fresh fruit are a power trio. They are deliciously beautiful together! Add this power trio to a cute little crunchy mini fillo shell and I’m all in! What could be easier? Stir together Greek yogurt and honey, top with fruit, drizzle some honey – done!
Note: These little nibbles are best assembled right before you serve them so the fillo shell doesn’t get soggy.
Thank you for spending some time in the cloud with me! I hope you enjoyed the video and recipes! Have a great week! Tina ( :
P.S. I’ll be buzzing back with 1 more “Bee 101” post soon and I have big plans for this next recipe! It’s going to knock your socks off!