How Is Honey Extracted From the Comb?

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July 27, 2017 by KathyMay

How does that honey get in those cute little jars?  Actually, quite easily.

HOWEVER, first…the beekeepers must make sure the bees have enough honey to make it through the winter!  A healthy hive of bees will need about 60 pounds of honey as their food for the winter.  (Despite what we may think, they are making honey for themselves, not for us to take!) Once the beekeeper knows how much she can safely take from the bees, the rest is easy.  – – A bit sticky, but pretty easy!

After removing frames of capped honey from the hive, the beekeeper takes the frames into their “honey house.”  The extraction process must be done indoors because honey bees quickly smell the honey – – – and – sensing a source of food  – — will tell all their sisters in the hive to fly on over.  Try extracting honey with bees dive-bombing you for food!  You only make that mistake ONCE!

Safely inside, the beekeeper removes the thin layer of wax from the surface of the comb. The uncapped frames of honey are then placed in the honey extractor – essentially a huge salad spinner.  The centrifugal force pushes the honey from the comb out into the extractor where it collects on the bottom, ready to be strained and placed into jars.

Pure, true, local honey comes from a beekeeper and her bees close to where you live and importantly is never heated or processed.  It goes from comb to jar!

You can purchase pure, true local honey at this year’s Philadelphia Honey Festival on September 7, 9, and 10!  It would not surprise me if you probably meet one of the Philadelphia beekeepers who put that honey in the jar!

See you then!


Beekeeper and Philadelphia Beekeeper Guild Member

Photo by Addison Geary – Addison Geary Photography



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