As Rosh Hashana, is approaching, we thought there couldn't be a better time to introduce ourselves to the KosherEye family. My husband, Yaakov, and I, Sharon, are so excited to be a part of KosherEye and have a lot of innovative ideas in store!
As we have just joined the KosherEye team, we wanted to bring something sweet, beautiful, and delicious to share with everyone! With Rosh Hashana right around the corner, we thought “what could be better than honey?!” That thought led us to a very exciting trip to Littleton, New Hampshire at White Mountain Apiary where we got our very own tour of how fresh, raw honey is made!
The owner and founder of the apiary, Janice, gave Yaakov and I each our own protective suits (imagine an astronaut, that’s what we looked like) and right into the hives we went.
It was fascinating to see how each hive is its own little honey-creating world! First, the worker bees fly out (up to five miles!) and collect nectar from all different types of plants and trees. Depending on what plants the bees collect pollen from, that will determine the taste of the honey. This is why the taste of raw honey can actually vary from week to week because the bees collect the pollen from different trees and plants.
*FUN FACT: Did you know that bees have two stomachs? One is for digestion and one is for storing nectar which they later regurgitate and transform into delicious honey.
Next, after a long day of collecting nectar, the bees dump their nectar into little wax caps, that they themselves build in the hive. Now the bees have to dehydrate the nectar and transform it into what we know as honey. The bees actually fan the watered-down honey with their wings until it has about a 17-20% water content and looks and tastes like delicious, sweet honey! They then cap the ready honey with wax and seal it from any outside moisture, for protection, and of course for cleanliness. (Bees have good hygiene too!!)
Once an entire frame of honey is filled, it is then removed and put into an extractor which spins the honey out really fast while maintaining the wax caps so the bees can re-use it and not work themselves too hard. Once extracted, the honey is put through a filter (to make sure you don’t get any pieces of wax in your honey) and straight into little jars it goes! Best part is, plain, raw honey does not require a hechsher! (You can verify this at the star k.)
From this long and arduous bee journey comes out this smooth, golden, sweet honey that is not only tasty, but healing as well. You can eat it raw, put it in tea, and cook with it as well. I can't wait to try out some honey recipes for the upcoming Chag!
Though this is the start of our new journey with KosherEye, we would love to hear from all of you! Whether it's just introducing yourself, giving us feedback, or sharing a great recipe, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to learn a little bit more about us and who we are check out our bio's right here.
If you would like to see the video version of how honey is produced, check out this YouTube video and don't forget to subscribe to the KosherEye channel!
To purchase your own plain, raw honey visit White Mountain Apiary.
We are looking forward to this sweet, new start together!