Learn about the different types of honey you can harvest with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Beekeeping is the hobby with sweet rewards – especially honey. If you’re new to beekeeping, you might not know that you actually have a few options as to which kind of honey you can harvest from the hive. Each kind requires different honey harvesting tools and supplies. If you have multiple beehives, you can even designate specific ones for different types of honey. Learn about the different types of honey you can harvest with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
With comb honey, you keep the liquid honey and honeycomb. It can be a little tricky to get your bees to make this kind of honey, but if they do you have easy honey on your hands. You can simply remove the entire honeycomb, without having to extract the liquid honey. The wax and honey is edible so you can eat the whole thing.
Extracted honey is what most beekeepers harvest from their hive. With extracted honey, wax cappings are sliced off the honeycomb with a capping knife. The liquid honey is extracted by using a honey extractor. Centrifugal force extracts the honey as it spins in the extractor chamber. The honey is strained and put into containers. To learn more about this method, read through our how-to article. Plus, you can find everything you need for extracted honey right at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Chunk honey is exactly what it sounds like – chunks of honeycomb that are put in wide-mouthed bottles and filled with extracted liquid honey. It can also be referred to as cut comb honey.
Finally, there’s whipped honey. Popular in Europe, whipped honey is also called creamed honey, spun honey, candied honey, churned honey or honey fondant. Over time, honey naturally crystallizes into coarse crystals or granules. By letting these crystals form, you can make whipped honey. To make whipped honey, you’ll need to combine one part granulated honey with nine parts extracted honey. By whipping these together, you get a smooth, thick honey perfect for spreading on toast, pancakes and more.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find everything you need to start beekeeping. From beehives to beekeeping clothing, you’ll be set to produce your own honey and beeswax while also helping the bee population. For more tips on caring for your bees and harvesting honey, visit our Beekeeping blog.