The Honey Production Process
Just like any other honey production, creating raw honey starts with the bees. We let them do what they do best: collect the nectar, form it into honey, and cap it off with some beeswax once it’s ready. When the bees are done with their job, we take the frames off to extract the honey from them.
Unlike most honey production processes, we don’t scrape off all the beeswax first. Instead, we put the frames straight into the centrifuge to pull all the contents out of the honeycombs. While in motion, the centrifuge forces all of the honey and beeswax out of the frames and collects it below.
After that, we lightly filter the honey with a macro-filtration process that removes larger pieces of beeswax, insect parts, and other parts of the hive that you wouldn’t want in your honey. We don’t filter it any finer than that, though, because it would take away the raw aspect of the honey. We also don’t heat the honey up because that would kill most of the yeast cells and pollen, which also removes the raw elements.
Once the filtration is done, we package it up, which wraps up the entire honey extracting and bottling process. Because of this simplified process, we might not be able to reach some of the higher grades of honey, but we can offer a product that gives consumers the best raw honey possible.
Since our honey production process doesn’t involve higher levels of filtration, we keep our production center as clean as possible to prevent the contamination of marketable honey. Here at Crystal’s Honey, we hold ourselves accountable to the practices set forth by the Honey Bee Health Coalition and the NYS Grown and Certified program to ensure that both our bees and our customers stay healthy while we process our products. Safety comes first when it comes to our goods.