Mayfield Merriment!

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Red House Honey's display at Mayfield Retirement Residence

Red House Honey’s display at Mayfield Retirement Residence

Enjoying a sweet afternoon

Enjoying a sweet afternoon


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Red House Honey had a merry time at the Mayfield Retirement Residence in Prescott recently. Residents, staff and visitors to the Open House delighted RHH with their questions and overall interest in the honey extraction process, what bees get up to in the hive, and their support of local honey.

Brianne Vervoorn, Director of Community Relations at the Mayfield Retirment Residence in Prescott, with a resident, partaking of Brianne's honey iced tea and honey cookies.

Brianne Vervoom, Director of Community Relations at the Mayfield Retirement Residence in Prescott, with a resident, partaking of Brianne’s honey iced tea and honey cookies.

Honey a-plenty!

Honey a-plenty!

 

RHH lugged in the dear old Lega extractor (which many residents observed looked like their mothers’ and grandmothers’ washing machines of old) and was able to demonstrate the process of spinning, via centrifugal force, which extracts the honey from the honey comb.

Visitors were eager to see the empty honey frames and box which RHH brought, and could see how the bees made the honey comb and where the honey is stored.
One adventurous young lady tried on a beekeeper’s hat, veil and gloves; others examined the smoker (used to calm the bees while working in the hive) and other beekeeper’s tools. Many were amused that a “Beekeeping for Dummies” book exists. Believe me, you feel dumb when you are being swarmed by 60,000 bees!

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Kosher Honey for Rosh Hashanah: A Jewish New Year’s Treat

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#redhousehoney06 Red House Honey Raw (OVH/ kosher) all-natural honey for Jewish New Year!

Red House Honey is proud to offer kosher honey throughout Eastern Ontario. Honey is an important food for the Jewish New Year’s holiday known as Rosh Hashanah. In 2014, it begins on the evening of Wednesday, September 24 and ends on the evening of Friday, September 26. Eating honey cake and dipping apple slices in honey are time-honoured and delicious traditions.

All-natural honey and veggies. Yum!

All-natural honey and veggies. Yum!

Kosher means preparing food according to the requirements of Jewish law. Many Jews keep kosher. Food that is kosher is also considered halal – acceptable under Islamic traditions. Many people with no affiliation to either religion purchase kosher/halal products because of their certified purity and cleanliness.

Bees aren’t kosher (although the  Torah states that some locust species are).  Since bees are merely carriers of nectar and facilitate the making of honey, honey can be kosher even though bees are not.

Bees collect pollen on their legs and bodies, and suck nectar from flowers with their mouths (actually a proboscis) and mix it with saliva. This nectar is “swallowed” into a honey sac, where enzymes react with the nectar and turn it into honey. Technically, the nectar is never digested: it is transformed.

When the bee returns to the hive, the newly-made honey is regurgitated and placed into honey combs. Bees fan their wings to evaporate any excess water and thicken it. Once the honey reaches about 18% moisture content, the honey combs are sealed. Bees know just when the proper moisture content is reached.

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