Category Archives: Honey

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To use Bee Venom or not to use Bee Venom, may be the question! :)

CBS Austin contacted me recently asking my opinion about using bee venom in skin care products.  We chatted a bit about how the venom is collected and I mentioned that I really didn’t get into beekeeping in order to take away the bee’s most important resources.  I prefer to stick to making a trade with them.  I’ll provide them a nice home and supplemental care as needed, and when they make extra honey, propolis, or beeswax, they can pay their “rent” with those items to me! 🙂  Nice trade, right?

Well they decided they wanted to come out and take a look at the bees and see a few things in person!  It aired on the nightly news in Austin February 15, 2017! Here’s the link, enjoy!

http://keyetv.com/news/local/is-bee-venom-the-secret-ingredient-to-fighting-wrinkles

 


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Vinny & Ma Eat America – Filmed with Bee Friendly Austin

Vinny & Ma Eat America!

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/shows/vinny-and-ma-eat-america.html

Cooking Channel is going to air Vinny & Ma starting this month! The episode that featured Bee Friendly Austin will air on January 31st on The Cooking Channel at 10:00PM EST.  Remember that’s EASTERN TIME, so it will be 1 hour earlier in Texas – 9pm.

We had LOTS of fun filming and it should be a great show!

We hope you enjoy!

Tanya & Chuck

Watch the preview here:


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It’s Almost Christmas!!!! Need Last Minute Gifts???

Category : Bees in the News , Events , Honey

ONLY 3 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT! Come see us at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar downtown!

The booths, the artists, and the music are fantastic!

Merry Christmas!

Tanya & Chuck


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Christmas Shopping Time! :)

Category : Bees in the News , Honey

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It’s that time again! Beat the Christmas rush and order soon!

We are preparing lovely gift baskets now, shrink wrapped and ready for giving, email your orders now and we can get them ready for pick up! 🙂

info@beefriendlyaustin.com

Merry Christmas!

xxx

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2015 – 78704 Honey Extraction

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We just extracted honey from our downtown yard this past week and boy oh boy is it some YUMMY honey!  Its a light sweet floral honey with a slight touch of cinnamon taste to it.  Very interesting, I wonder what flowers the bees were browsing on downtown!  I LOVE the taste of this honey!  Everyone asks us a lot of questions about our honey:  Is it raw?  Is anything added to it?  Is it heated or treated?  The answers are YES, NO, NO respectively!  So I decided to take a few photographs of Chuck while he was going through the extraction process to show you just how we get that PERFECT honey from HIVE to BOTTLE!  Enjoy!
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First you have to UNCAP the honey that is on the frame. Above photos show Chuck using a regular cold knife to slice off just the outer layer of wax capping.

Then you drop the frames into the extractor to spin.  Our extractor spins out one side at a time and holds 2 frames.  It is spun by hand or you can attach a drill, but I just hand cranked these frames.  Once the extractor starts to get full, you have to open the spout and let some honey out because the level of honey rises enough to interfere with the spinner.  Once this happens, you put a clean/sterile bucket down below the gate valve, with 2 different size strainers on top of it. The top strainer has bigger holes, so it only catches the larger wax pieces. The lower strainer is a much finer strain to catch anything else that is not just raw honey.  See photos below:

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Then we check basically the humidity level of the honey with a refractometer.  Good capped honey should be below 18% water, so that it won’t spoil.

The buckets can then be marked and stored for bottling.  We like to bottle our honey in the old fashioned glass Muth bottles, this is what our customers prefer.

When we are ready to bottle, we pour the honey into a little larger bucket with a honey gate valve in it, stick a bottle underneath and open the gate to fill the bottle. Then we cork the bottles, band with the type of honey, (ie: wildflower for here in Central Texas), and put the shrink wrap lable on and use a blow dryer to shrink the wrapper and Voila!  A beautiful jar of raw honey from our hive to your table, ready to go! 🙂

IMG_5604  We have 4 ounce jars for special occasions, like wedding favors!  8 ounce jars and 1 pound jars!  We sometimes bottle in pints and quart sizes as well.  Just ask us if you need the honey in a special size, we may be able to get it for you! 😉

Now you see what I mean when I tell you that our honey is RAW, NATURAL, LOCAL, TEXAS HONEY!

Thanks for checking us out!

Tanya & Chuck