Written by Kat Jacks, 8th Grader
"A Bee is an exquisite Chymist" [chemist] – Royal Beekeeper to Charles II
Bottling honey is how we prepare it for storage and sales. After the honey is extracted, we strain it by pouring the honey through a fine straining material (we use cloth or plastic), making sure nothing but honey ends up in the bottling bucket.
The bottling process requires a team effort, lots of patience, and a tolerance for being sticky. It is very important to keep the workspace clean and to only use clean, sanitized materials. We split our work into three tasks: carefully pouring our honey out of the bucket’s nozzle and into bottles; putting the caps on and washing the bottles with warm, soapy water to make sure remnants of honey are gone and it is no longer sticky; and labeling the jars.
By the end of the day, we managed to fill an entire table with honey! This year we are planning to enter two types of honey into a judging competition at the Massachusetts Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting. This required us to keep our honey divided by the “super” that it came from so that we could accurately track several factors. More on this in a future blog entry.