Yesterday, according to our Antipodean Astro Calendar, was a flower day. Flower days are good days for working with bees as it is more likely that bees will be busy elsewhere working with flowers and less likely to be in their hive. So we took this opportunity to rob a couple of our 5 hives and add a box to a newish one.The frames are taken to our produce washing shed where we can seal ourselves in away from any bees.
After taking some frames from the hive we use a hot knife to cut the wax cappings off.
Two at a time they are put into the spinner and through centrifugal force the honey is spun out of the frames.
The honey is run through a sieve to strain off any wax and we have beautiful golden honey to take to the kitchen for jarring up. But first to make some Honey Oat Bars.
We need 1 cup of freshly rolled oats...
1 cup sultanas
1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour
1/2 cup raw sugar ( I used just 1/4 cup as I wanted to use more honey)
1/2 cup coconut ( I used sesame seeds as I didn't have enough coconut)
155 gm butter
1 tablespoon honey but I added an extra 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 the sugar.
Melt butter and honey together and then add to dry ingredients, mix well and bake in a lamington tray. Medium oven for 15 to 20 mins.
Cut in tray while still hot and sit to cool before lifting out.
They turned out very nice. Very quick and easy for busy mums! I think you could add just about anything to them in the way of dried fruit and seeds or even choc. chips. And next time I'll leave the sugar out altogether and just use honey because we have honey and we don't grow sugar!
The wax from the cappings is washed and collected for candle making at a later date.