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How To Use Honey Extractor
To extract of honey from honey combs without destroying the comb we require a device known as a honey extractor. It comprises a cylindrical drum holding a frame basket, and by spinning the basket, honey is extracted because of centrifugal force. This is one of the most adapted techniques because the comb and wax remain the same.
We have mentioned a mini-guide below through which you will learn to use a honey extractor.
You will need the subsequent tools before commencing the honey extraction
· An extractor
· A plugin knife (a hot knife) which will be used for cutting off the wax capping on the honeycomb
· Strainer that has fine pores
· A bucket to accumulate the extracted honey
· A measuring pitcher to transfer the honey into the more petite jars
· A cookie sheet (for grabbing wax capping)
· Honey jars for storing honey
Extraction of Honey
Honey extraction, with the help of an extractor, is not a complicated task, and you can do it by heeding a few mild steps.
Collect the Frames
A day before the extraction, separate the caped combs from the hive. Bees can trace the honey very well by smelling so make sure that the comb is at sheltered area where bees cannot reach.
Decide the Site
· It is counseled to do the extraction indoors, so bees are not able to locate the honey.
· Place the extractor in a way that it is simple to manoeuvre around it
· Underneath the extractor there is bottom spigot, you should place a bucket that will collect the honey
· To get the filtered honey place a colander on top of the bucket.
Uncap the Honey
· As suggested before, you will require a hot knife for this process. Use the knife on both the facets of the comb to unveil the liquid honey.
· This should be done very precisely and placidly and remember not to cut the comb too intensely. You have to cut one-centimeter max.
Note: Be extra cautious because the knife gets hot very promptly and if it comes in contact with the skin then it can give bad burns.
Use the Extractor
· If you are using a non-automatic extractor then you have to spin the combs manually otherwise it is done automatically.
· Spinning generates centrifugal force which pulls the honey out onto the inside wall of the honey extractor. The more agile they spin, the more amount of honey is extracted from the extractor.
· Extracted honey then oozes down and exudes out of the spigot at the bottom.
· At last, check if the intact extraction of honey is there from the side facing wall of the extractor. If not, then twirl the combs for some more time.
Note: If the combs are whirling at the breakneck rate then it might make the extractor unstable, in that case, you will need someone to hold it.
Collect the Honey
It usually takes 2-3 hours for filtering the honey. Once the honey stops oozing, separate the bucket from the spigot and start pouring the honey in honey jars.
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