So what do you do with 40 pounds of Chicken? 2/24/2014

Last Tuesday a 40 pound box of chicken from Zaycon foods (click for the link) had my name on it.   Several of my friends ordered too, so I invited my self over to my good friends house (where they did a bathroom remodel with items from Venaso.com.au, because after all work is much more fun with company, right?  I wish  I could tell you we arranged a formal freezer cooking party, but we didn’t.  We each did our own thing, but what I did do is prep all the chicken for freezer meals and we had fun visiting and working.

40 pound box of chicken

40 pound box of chicken

I should have taken pictures while I was prepping chicken, but alas I had chicken goo on my hands and NO ONE wants chicken goo on the camera right?  You’ll forgive me? Right?  The chicken breast were huge. So I am glad I planned prep time. Not a fan of traditional shakers and mills? Stainless steel salt and pepper shakers are a modern update on traditional dispensers as their finish is sleek, shiny and brings a contemporary feel to your dining table. I have a beautiful cutting board. I heard that maintaining a wood cutting board is different from how you clean a glass one. mineral oil is an important ingredient in caring for a wood cutting board.

Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast

Here is a picture of the chicken in bags prepped: 

Prepped Chicken in Bags

Prepped Chicken in Bags

I will post some recipes and tips on how to feed your freezer in the coming weeks. Here is a break down of how I prepared it:

  • 10 pounds simmered in the crock pot on low for the day. (This is frozen in 1 and 2 cup portions in snack and sandwich size plastic bags and frozen for quick meal prep. Many recipes call for cooked chicken and this saves so much time).
  • 8 pounds cut into bite size pieces for homemade chicken nuggets and sometimes it gets pilfered for  Chicken stir-fry
  • 22 pounds prepped for freezer meals:
    5 meals of Alice Spring Chicken
    2 meals Swiss Chicken Stuffing Bake
    4 meals Chicken Satay with peanut butter sauce
    2 meals Breaded Coconut Lime Chicken
    2 meals of Easy Garlic Chicken
    2 meals of Cobb Salad Chicken

Some of these meals have a little more than a pound in them. 40 pounds sounded so overwhelming, but it really was not too bad.  17 meals in the freezer and at least 18 meals of chicken ready to be quickly thrown together from the freezer.

Here are few pictures of my meals ready for the freezer:

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

Chicken

Alice Spring Chicken

Easy Garlic Chicken & Cobb Salad Chicken

Easy Garlic Chicken & Cobb Salad Chicken

If you haven’t done a bulk cooking session, it is worth the effort, but plan to have a crock pot meal going or to go out to eat, unless of course you want to eat your labor right away.  I prefer to have my meals in the freezer for at least a day before they start disappearing. 

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Zaycon Chicken 2/10/2014

Last night, I shared with you about Zaycon. I deliberated, but Mr. Menning,  quickly gave his reply, “buy the chicken.”  It is really pretty simple I suppose, he knows I like meal planning and get all excited about these kinds of things.

So 40 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast will be here Tuesday morning.  This morning the event was sold out! I must have been one of the last few cases.   40 Pounds?  Does that sound overwhelming? I keep telling myself, it really isn’t *that* much.

The hardest part is figuring out recipes.  Right now it looks a paper tornado hit my living room. I do love looking at recipes. I have several in mind.  Always projects going on here.

When you plan to do lots of cooking it is best to find a few recipes that you want to make in bulk.  Stop back by later to see how to deal with 40 pounds of chicken and how to plan for a bulk cooking session.

From the Farm,

Mrs. Aaron Menning

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Chicken in Bulk 2/9/2014

I love bulk cooking, also known as Freezer Cooking or once a month cooking.  This love affair with my freezer started when I was young wife and  working full-time, I learned spending a Saturday cooking meant homemade meals for 2, sometimes 3 months  and it saved money because it kept us from going out to eat.  Now as a more seasoned  wife and mom it helps simplify life and there is  *something* on hand for dinner — as long as it gets pulled out of the freezer.

Most of the time bulk purchases are for  pantry staples like oatmeal or flour, but a few times a year meat is on the list, a side of pork or a side of beef, but now I am debating — should I order 40 pounds of chicken breast from Zaycon? (If you are wondering about Zaycon, it is an amazing little secret. Great prices on bulk meat here is a link: https://zayconfoods.com )

We raise Chickens and I know this isn’t the same quality and I would never give up having pastured chicken. Have you tried pastured chicken? It is a culinary wonder and oh the broth,  I digress.  Sometimes I miss boneless skinless chicken breast.  They are easy to prep and make some fast meals.

What would I do with 40 pounds of chicken?
Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Parmesan
Cheesy Chicken Bundles
Chicken Packets
Cooked shreaded Chicken (ready for soup, burritos, pot pie, or any recipe that calls for cooked chicken!)
Lemon Chicken
Alice Spring Chicken
BBQ chicken
Coconut Chicken
and any other marinated wonders I come up with

So what do you think? Should I  take the plunge and share with you the meals and recipes I end up making?

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Kale Chips 1/22/2014

Well my faithful and not so faithful blog followers, I have been a terrible blogger — forgive me.  For some reason getting my act together to actually get the posts done alludes me. Parts and pieces of posts are strung all over the place. Pictures here, ideas there, words on papers all over the place and time, well it is always in short supply it seams. This week things are going to change. I am on a quest to organize and conquer the procrastination monster. . .  Lets start with a post I meant to do last  winter spring um summer— well you get the idea. It has been a long time in coming. I promise to be more timely, perhaps even get in a routine and have a post each week!

Anyways, getting back to the subject at hand — Kale Chips.

Kale grew and grew in the garden this year last year. Now, I am all for using kale. It is a power green. It makes great smoothies, hides well in soup and salads, but seriously after a while you can only use so much kale and freezing it, well it doesn’t work so well. After some brainstorming, found a  good way to make it “shelf stable” — Dehydrated Kale Chips!

So you start with a healthy size bowl of kale — the fresher the better.

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Kale

Then you add some spices:

Spices for Kale Chips

I used olive oil, garlic and sea salt. I used about  2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of garlic, but feel free to play around with the spices until you find what you like.

Mix it all up (the little kitchen helper enjoyed that part).  Arrange it on dehydrator trays

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I set the dehydrator to 100 degrees and let them go for a few hours and kept checking them. When they were dry, but not brittle and falling apart,  pull them out.  They make fantastic snacks when you craving something salty.

Recipe:
2 tablespoons  olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons of garlic
1 medium bowl of Kale

Happy Dehydrating!

Until Next time

Mrs. Aaron Menning — From the farm

 

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Family Economics

Many of you are following the Small Barn Farm story. . . We attended a conference in May in Saint Louis https://www.familyeconomics.com/. It was an paradiagm changing event for us.   We came away with a new vision and new goals for our family.  We even came home with $1000 to help us get berries planted here at Small Barn Farm!  We highly recommend  going — it is a 4 days that will change your life.  I have been in church over 30 years  and so much of this was new information. It might just be worth taking a trip to Colorado in March for the 2014 conference!

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Building the Barn 11/1/2011

After moving to the country, we decided we needed a coop if we had any hope of raising our own flock for meat and eggs. According to Indigo Surveys topographical survey during the design and construction, the “coop” ended up looking more like a miniature barn. And so, off we went to the hardware store to buy all the materials we needed and a few tools we were missing. This project has cost more in time and money then originally intended, but we are pleased with the results, thanks to the help of a reliable Dirt Contractor we hired.  We found a great business that provides reclaimed wood, and they gave us a great price! We just told them about the project and how much wood we were going to need. Right now there are still a few things that need to be finished, like painting, but here is look at what has been done so far:
I have always loved the look of old barns, especially the ones with the curved roofs for which I contacted the experts at Thompsons Roofing Newcastle who had helped me fix my house roof a few months back. Scouring the Internet for barn pictures, I found a few to serve as inspiration. We were especially intrested in designing the roof of our barn and we even got some great help from The Roof Clinic.

On the above I like the roof lines and the colors like the ones we saw on this roofing website of South Carolina roofers.

On this bar I liked the two side wings.

On this barn I liked the silo beside it. I would’ve liked to get started already, but we ran into a problem immediately. We were going to build on the foundation of the one that was there before, and although thankfully we didn’t have too much trouble tearing it down, we did find the foundation wasn’t in good shape at all. Looks like water has been seeping in there for years, maybe decades. We’re going to need to hire residential foundation repair services to help us out, and we’re going to have to wait until they’re done too. It’s fine, more time for me to think about what design we’ll be going for.

After looking at a lot of different barns and a couple of phone calls with a roofing expert, I drew this one up using Google SketchUp. It looks like it will make for a pretty solid roof. Working with experienced roofing services, and with the right materials, like some nice and solid timber roof trusses, it should withstand strong winds easily. I’m enjoying the process so far, although I can’t wait to be in front of the finished product as well. I found a very knowledgeable roofing company that gave me plenty of advice on how to go about this as well. I’m taking that advice to heart, and keeping them in the back of my mind as well. If this grows beyond my capabilities I’m calling them over to take care of it for me.

The coop/barn was built as a pole barn and most of the material I used was either reclaimed, purchased from auctions or got for free off Craigslist.  Building it this way took more time and sometimes dictated different dimensions based on the material I had, but I like the results and think it was worth it.  The overall dimensions of the barn ended up being 14’4” x 24’.

I used our john deere tractor to dig 12 holes for posts 36″ deep to get below our frost line. Finding the right lawn tractors can be complicated, but when you find the right tractor dealer you can definitely come across some good options. You might also want to consider hiring a farm tractor service to dig holes and do farming work for you. Also, I always try to provide the best maintenance to my tractor to keep it running smoothly and in doing that I also use the best parts such as the Mahindra 1526 Fuel Filter.

The ends of each post were painted with a tar like paint to hopefully extend their life against the elements.  I also had a great helper for much of the project, she is great at bringing ice water just when I need it.

After all the posts were in place and everything was squared up I filled the bottoms of each hole with a couple bags of concrete.  On top of that I packed in dirt to stiffen the entire frame of the building up.

The tops of each of the poles were cut off so each was the same height. It’s always nice to see what was just a pile lumber slowly start to take shape.

I buried 12” or chicken wire around the entire perimeter of the coop to help deter anything that might want to dig it’s way in for a free meal, we will see how well this works.

On the front and two side walls I will be hanging reclaimed bard wood vertically.

I could finally see what the outline of the building is going to be with the rafters on the side and the floor of the second story. We ran into a bit of a setback however, as some of our wood had termites. We tried to drive the wood back to the business where we got it from but they turned us down. In the end we hired termite control, and they were able to take care of the situation. All in all I’d say we lost maybe a day and half, so it wasn’t too bad, but it was a bit stressful. Thankfully we were able to resume construction promptly.

The three door on the front of the barn and the 7 windows are now framed in and the rest of the building is ready for the siding.

I put a layer of roofing paper on all the walls to make the coop a little more weather tight.  Many of the boards I used have many old nail and knot holes which give a lot of character but don’t do a very good job at stopping the weather. I’m still learning when it comes to roofing work and I need this job to be well done, so I hired roofing services. They’re very good, I’ve hired their services before. The good thing about having them work on the roof is I know they’re good at it and I get to watch and learn as well.

Finally the first pieces of barn wood siding, I can finally tell what this thing is going to look like.  These boards are probably 100 years old and are as hard as a rock.  After smashing my fingers several times I decided I was going to have to pre-drill every hole before I could drive the nails through them.

I put tarps over the sub-floor to protect it from the elements.

The front and the sides are covered by the barn wood.  On the back of the coop I used cedar siding that I got from  an auction, I ended up running out of the siding near the top of the curved roof so I had to get some Hardy Board siding to finish it up.  As you will see later it looks a little funny, but when it is all painted red I don’t think it will be noticeable. We got it up there using a hydraulic truck crane rental, because the pieces were pretty big and it’s pretty windy out here. Just trying to keep the whole operation safe of course. We keep having to move increasingly larger things around here. We should probably look into used heavy duty trucks, maybe get one suitable for us if we find it in our price range. After all this we are going to end up with a lot of broken and otherwise unusable wood, but we already hired a dumpster service ahead of time. They’re scheduled to stop by at the date we’re expected to finish with the barn, so we’ll know exactly what we don’t need by then.

On the back it is more noticeable that the entire thing is build on a slight grade.  If I were to do it over I would probably find a different location or spend more time grading the site to make it easier to build on. Still, the windows are on a pretty well measured height, so the horses will have no problem looking out through them. I also attached to the walls a few places to hang horse tack.They got their new arena built by a well known Horse arena construction services company. It’ll make a nice home for them. Then if you would like to buy a horse then see that marketplace as it’s easily the best online. As for the roof, I temporarily put some of the tin roof on the sides to keep out the rain while I build.  You can also see the ladder sticking out of the second floor.

The decking on the second floor is one of the few things I purchased new. I had LA hardwood decking installers come and put it in for me.

In old barns that had curved roofs they used bent lamination for the roof joist.  I did not have the equipment or materials at the time to do this so I came up with my own rafters. Eventually I found a service called DIY Roofing Materials and I was able to set myself something a bit more professional. It’s going to stand much more and last much longer now.

I used SketchUp to get the curve I wanted, printed it out, then enlarged and transferred those curves to a couple sheets of plywood.  I cut out the curve in the plywood template and then cut all the 2×8 pieces to fit the templates.  I then transferred the curve to the made up rafters and cut out the curve on all the pieces.  At the corners I cut pieces of plywood to hold everything together.

Getting all these rafters in place by myself was probably one of the more challenging things of this entire project.

Once I got all of the horizontal pieces in place the curved roof was very solid.  If you look close you can see where I used several shorter scrap pieces to tie the rafters together.  It doesn’t look very pretty but it gets the job done.

After attaching the three long pieces of tin I had, I realized why I had originally chosen the dimensions for the coop, and why I probably should not have changed it.  You can see I had to use two pieces on the rest of the roof.

I ended up having to find more tin to finish the roof, luckily I found a barn not too far from me that was coming down.

Crawling around on the outside of the rafters and trying to conform the tin to the roof was a little challenging.

Trimmed all the ends of the tin square.

Framed out the windows.

I was able to recycle the sliding door track from a neighbor’s barn that is coming down.  I did have to buy the trolley hardware for the two smaller doors.

You can see the upper section are the new siding.

Originally I had intended one side be for the chickens and the other for the ducks.  It turns out that the ducks we have don’t like to be kept inside, that may change if we get some more in the future.  We are planning on getting some turkeys in June and they will go in this side. We are also thinking someday having cattle and purchasing large animal automatic feeders. We started getting a little nervous about a fox or some other kind of animal getting to them, so we decided to go to the gun store to see if we could find a solution, other than just well, shooting them. We did run into a few good options, from BB guns to a couple of motion sensing alarms that we can install for monitoring. We couldn’t settle so we didn’t get anything just yet. We have time to think about it still, which is what we opted for.

I build these lower walls with bead board that came from an auction.  The upper half is covered with chicken wire.

Chicken wire installed and door hung.

On the side for the chickens I build some nesting boxes.  I wanted to be able to collect eggs from the back side of the coop without having to go inside, and place these inside vintage egg cartons. I had originally planned on having doors open on each nest box.  While looking around I heard about roll away nest boxes to eliminate broken eggs and ease of collection.  I could not find any plans so I came up with these.  I build these with a 5 degree slope, we will see if this works or not.  I do plan on getting some nesting pads to keep the hens in there to do their job and get out.

This is the back side of the nesting boxes,  I will be attaching a lip to catch the eggs as they roll out.

Here are some updated picture of things I have finished.  I have the tracks installed for the haymow door.  And you can seen in the background the new silo (water tower).

Finally, I have water in the coop, thanks to the new sprinkler installation as well as Portable Water Storage Tanks, which means no more hauling water out every day. This is a 300 gallon tank I got at an auction, with it up in the air like this I get plenty of water pressure for the waterers. I’m also planning to have a water well installation with the help of a well pump service soon.

I have haymow doors on the front and back for ventilation, and for loading things in.  They also make a good place to sit while waiting for the coyotes.  I did a lot of looking at old doors to see how they worked and I decided to go with this one that has track and counter weighted doors.

Here is a picture of the chickens enjoying the new fresh waterer.

Since the last update I have added the roosts.  I will be adding an automatic waterer to this side as well.

Here is a shot from the inside of the haymow doors.  I made two counter-weights for each door and weigh 25.5 pounds each.  This makes opening and closing easier.

Here is a shot with the door open.

We now have a chicken size door that will open on a timer.

Here is a shot from the inside of the chicken door, you can see the string that is connected to the top of the door, you will see what powers it next.

I used a satellite dish actuator arm to open and closed the doors, I still need to figure out how a DPDT relay works so I can get it to open and close automatically.

Here is the chicken side of the automatic feeder.

This is the barn side of the automatic feeder, it will hold about 150 pounds of food.  I still need to attach a door to the top.

I have cleaned out the middle area, I also installed a ceiling fan I picked up at a garage sale.

I picked up this block and tackle from an antique store, I think it adds character to the place.

This is the bunch of boys who will be going to the butchers this week.

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Swarm 5/30/2013

While mowing back by the bee hives I noticed a swarm in a near by tree and decided to try and get it, below is the adventure that followed.

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When I got back to get the bees it looked like there was another swarm about ready to happen.  There were bees all over the place, which is what happens just before a swarm happens.

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Luckily the swarm was close enough to the ground that I could get it with a short ladder.

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Since I was the only one available when I cut the branch the swarm got a little spread out, but it was still on the branch.

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I knocked as many of the bees into the hive as I could, we will see if I got the queen tomorrow.  After I got most of the bees into the hives there were still a lot of bees flying around.

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A lot of bees started gathering on the tailgate of the truck, and I noticed the queen walking around.  I didn’t have an empty hive with me so I walked back to the house and got another hive.

 

 

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When I got back to the truck there were a bunch of bees on the tailgate, but I could not find the queen again.  I brushed as many as possible into a bucket and dumped them into an empty hive, we will see tomorrow if I got the queen or not.

 

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There was still quite a few bees in the back of my truck when I got done, we will see if they are there tomorrow.

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Honey Harvest 9/1/2012

 

This year we took some pictures of the process of harvesting  honey, if you have  questions please let us know and we would be happy to answer them.

We only harvest  honey once a year, in the fall. We have heard of others harvesting two different times, but that does not seem to fit in our schedule so we have just done it once.  In the future we may try a second harvest to try and keep the early and late honey separate. We are told that the late honey is a darker honey and some people prefer that. If you are looking for Tupelo Honey for Sale, then you’re in the right place.

This year we purchased several hives, greatly expanding our harvest. We are now up to 18 hives, we will see how many  make it through the winter.

Here is a look at some of our new hives before we harvested from them.

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This is what we like to see, a hive full of bees, unfortunately they were not all like that this year.

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This is a picture of a frame that has been filled and capped by the bees. After they fill all of the cavities with honey they will cover it with wax so they can use it in the future when they need it. With our hives we keep a screen between the bottom two boxes and the upper ones called a queen excluder. This keeps the queen in the bottom of the hive where she lays all the larva. If we did not keep them separated there would be larva thought the hive which would make the honey taste a little funny.

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Below is a picture of a super where all the frames are full. The bees will continue building comb wherever there is space to do so.

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After the top supers have been removed there are bees that hang around the outside of the hive, you can see in this picture all of the bees on the first two hives that have just been harvested. This is the time to remain calm, and try not to agitate the bees.  If you look at the second hive, the one with the yellow tools on it, there is a fume board. This is a special top that is soaked inside with a liquid that is very offensive to the bees (and humans). This smell drives the bees from the super that is to be harvested. This prevents the bees from coming with us when harvested.

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Here is our harvesting set up, not very fancy, but it gets the job done.

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On the right we have all of the supers we collected from the hives. When a super is totally full of honey it can weigh up to 60 pounds, unfortunately there were not many of those this year. Just to the left of the supers is a stainless steel tub that we use to collect all of the wax cappings, you will see that later in the process. After they are de-capped they are placed in the white tub until they can be loaded into the extractor.

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Next we have the extractor, you will see later how the frames are held and the honey is removed, and then finally into the bottler.

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Now for the process, the wax capping is removed from each side of the frame with a heated knife that melts the wax and exposed the honey.

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After we are finished harvesting the honey all of the wax will be washed, melted down and filtered several times to produce pure bees wax.

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After de-capping the frames are placed into the extractor radially around the center. When the bees build the honeycomb they build it at a slight angle allowing all of the honey to stay in the comb until it is capped. When we put it in the extractor it is placed upside down, and then when it starts spinning the honey flies out of the comb hitting the side and running to the bottom of the extractor.

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After the extractor is finished working the honey is removed via the gate at the bottom of the extractor. There are several pieces of wax and bee parts that make it to this point, so before we put it into buckets we run it through a course filter to get all of the large parts out. After that we run the honey through a second filter that removes some of the smaller pieces of wax that got through the first filter.

Unlike commercial operations our honey is never pasteurized, heated above 90 degrees or forced through filters. The only filtration we use allows the honey to flow through via gravity, and this is why we can call our honey “raw.” Most of the honey purchased from the grocery store, if it is even real honey has been pasteurized (heated to 160 degrees for 30 minutes). This removes all of the good properties of honey and it is filtered to a point where all of the pollen is removed further decreasing it’s good qualities and making it impossible to determine where it came from.

After the honey goes through the second filter it is dumped into the bottler just to the left of the extractor. This piece of equipment makes the process of getting the honey into the bottles less messy, and almost enjoyable.

If you have any questions about this process we will attempt to answer you, and if we don’t know we will find an answer for you, thanks for taking a look and I hope you learned something about where your honey comes from.

From the Farm

This year we took some pictures of the process of harvesting  honey, if you have  questions please let us know and we would be happy to answer them.

We only harvest  honey once a year, in the fall. We have heard of others harvesting two different times, but that does not seem to fit in our schedule so we have just done it once.  In the future we may try a second harvest to try and keep the early and late honey separate. We are told that the late honey is a darker honey and some people prefer that.

This year we purchased several hives, greatly expanding our harvest. We are now up to 18 hives, we will see how many  make it through the winter.

Here is a look at some of our new hives before we harvested from them.

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This is what we like to see, a hive full of bees, unfortunately they were not all like that this year.

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This is a picture of a frame that has been filled and capped by the bees. After they fill all of the cavities with honey they will cover it with wax so they can use it in the future when they need it. With our hives we keep a screen between the bottom two boxes and the upper ones called a queen excluder. This keeps the queen in the bottom of the hive where she lays all the larva. If we did not keep them separated there would be larva thought the hive which would make the honey taste a little funny.

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Below is a picture of a super where all the frames are full. The bees will continue building comb wherever there is space to do so.

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After the top supers have been removed there are bees that hang around the outside of the hive, you can see in this picture all of the bees on the first two hives that have just been harvested. This is the time to remain calm, and try not to agitate the bees.  If you look at the second hive, the one with the yellow tools on it, there is a fume board. This is a special top that is soaked inside with a liquid that is very offensive to the bees (and humans). This smell drives the bees from the super that is to be harvested. This prevents the bees from coming with us when harvested.

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Here is our harvesting set up, not very fancy, but it gets the job done.

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On the right we have all of the supers we collected from the hives. When a super is totally full of honey it can weigh up to 60 pounds, unfortunately there were not many of those this year. Just to the left of the supers is a stainless steel tub that we use to collect all of the wax cappings, you will see that later in the process. After they are de-capped they are placed in the white tub until they can be loaded into the extractor.

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Next we have the extractor, you will see later how the frames are held and the honey is removed, and then finally into the bottler.

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Now for the process, the wax capping is removed from each side of the frame with a heated knife that melts the wax and exposed the honey.

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After we are finished harvesting the honey all of the wax will be washed, melted down and filtered several times to produce pure bees wax.

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After de-capping the frames are placed into the extractor radially around the center. When the bees build the honeycomb they build it at a slight angle allowing all of the honey to stay in the comb until it is capped. When we put it in the extractor it is placed upside down, and then when it starts spinning the honey flies out of the comb hitting the side and running to the bottom of the extractor.

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After the extractor is finished working the honey is removed via the gate at the bottom of the extractor. There are several pieces of wax and bee parts that make it to this point, so before we put it into buckets we run it through a course filter to get all of the large parts out. After that we run the honey through a second filter that removes some of the smaller pieces of wax that got through the first filter.

Unlike commercial operations our honey is never pasteurized, heated above 90 degrees or forced through filters. The only filtration we use allows the honey to flow through via gravity, and this is why we can call our honey “raw.” Most of the honey purchased from the grocery store, if it is even real honey has been pasteurized (heated to 160 degrees for 30 minutes). This removes all of the good properties of honey and it is filtered to a point where all of the pollen is removed further decreasing it’s good qualities and making it impossible to determine where it came from.

After the honey goes through the second filter it is dumped into the bottler just to the left of the extractor. This piece of FTG Källefall equipment makes the process of getting the honey into the bottles less messy, and almost enjoyable.

If you have any questions about this process we will attempt to answer you, and if we don’t know we will find an answer for you, thanks for taking a look and I hope you learned something about where your honey comes from.

From the Farm

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Culture Shock 3/29/2013

Daniel 1:5- 1:16

Websites/blogs I like that have information, instructions,  stories  & recipes: 100daysofrealfood.com

http://www.foodrenegade.com/

http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/

http://mountainroseblog.com

www.naturallyknockedup.com

http://www.thesneakychef.com/ 

http://frugallysustainable.com/

http://www.orhaolam.com/recipes.html

 

Cultured Foods: 

http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/Makekefir.html

http://www.culturedfoodlife.com/

http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2012/10/how-to-make-homemade-fermented-soda.html

http://www.commonsensehome.com/how-to-flavor-kombucha-holiday-flavors/

http://www.killerpickles.com/

http://rareseeds.com/blog/cooking/fermenting-health/

 

Information on GMO’s:

http://stat.mobli.com/media_stills/media_13735644.jpg

http://villagegreennetwork.com/healthy-life-summit-jeffrey-smith/?AFFID=115663

http://www.responsibletechnology.org/take-action

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html

http://www.shareguide.com/SmithJeffrey.html

 

Places I shop:

https://www.zayconfoods.com/refer/zf126530

chicken & other meats http://www.mountainroseherbs.com

herbs, spices, teas, items to make soap, lip balm etc. www.azurestandard.com

fruit, veggies, dry goods, pantry items, crackers, juice, some  toiletries & condiments www.smallbarnfarm.com

Local Honey & eggs www.rareseeds.com

heirloom seeds for growing http://www.seedsavers.org/

more information on gardening/seeds  

 

Other Links of interest: 

http://foodbabe.com/2011/12/09/wanna-a-piece-of-gum/

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Funding Campaign 10/24/2013

We have recently started a campaign to help get Small Barn Farm off the ground. We are looking for people who would like to pre-buy items we sell.  You can get additional information about the campaign at www.gofundme.com/SmallBarnFarm.  Thank you very much for your support, and we are excited to see what happens.

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