Phew it’s been busy around these here parts. Busy. Busy as bees. Busy as bees with an overloaded schedule and waaaay to much coffee. That kind of busy. What with harvesting 4 billion tomatoes (official count to date), other garden produce, taking meat birds to slaughter and homeschooling, working, cooking, cleaning etc (ok not that much cleaning) our botties have barely stopped moving.
Luckily I still found time in my jam packed schedule to drive out to a thrift store, pick up a $7 crock pot and render our beautiful beeswax left over from the cappings we took during Honeyfest 2012. See, I know how to prioritise. I used the method outlined in this video and guess what? It worked perfectly! Many thanks to the lady who made that great video, perfect for a home wax processor with just a bit to do.
Basically the method is to melt your cappings in a crock pot, strain it through a pair of tights into a container (the only tights I was able to sacrifice were fucsia) which sifts out the yucky stuff and allows the pure wax and honey to filter through. I was frankly shocked by how much residue there was at the end, our cappings were muckier than I thought! The honey sinks to the bottom of the container and the wax rises, once it cools you wash it off and voila!
It was so wonderful to see that pale yellow skin form, slowly building and then setting into a thick block. When I lifted out the first one and scraped the honey off I could barely believe how beautiful it was. Like hardened sunshine.
The jar the honey is in is one I rescued from an old shed on our land the first spring it belonged to us. I wanted to take something of this place back to our rental house as we tried to dream this life into existence. Looking at it reminds me how far we’ve come, how much has changed and how much there is to look forward to.
This Christmas I’ll make beeswax ornaments with the boys with our own wax. We’ll hang them on the tree to release their smoky sunshine scent into our home, reminding us of this extraordinary summer.