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Old 02-17-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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stopped in the local honey place. One gallon of Fains honey that was 29.00 last spring is 40.00 now. Also "heard" its not all honey anymore. (read the labels, the commercial "honey" at the chicken places is hfc.)
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We buy Indian River honey from a well known and very local source. Five pounds is twelve dollars. This equated to about half a gallon, as it is sold in a container that looks like a milk jug. In addition, it is raw honey, the only kind I'll consume. In pasteurized honey, I believe all the beneficial antimicrobial properties are destroyed. I transfer it to Ball jars and store it in quart size.

For the uninitiated, raw honey will store indefinitely. in fact, a jar of it was found in King Tuts tomb.
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All my honey is farmed and processed in my back water state and that's the way I like it. I would like to get some hives on my BOL and the equipment to spin out the honey as well, but that's but one of many things on my want to do list.
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It's a lot easier than you might think 11CIP. All of the grove owners around here have a few dozen hives, and when the citrus has been pollinated, they will send the hives out to Sanford and so forth to pollinate other crops. The guy I get mine from only uses them for citrus, so the honey is quite distinctive in flavor. The good thing about bee hives is that the maintenance is straightforward and simple. You simple need to get a single hive and set up several empty boxes with honey frames, and the bees will do the rest.
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:05 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by 11C1P View Post:
All my honey is farmed and processed in my back water state and that's the way I like it. I would like to get some hives on my BOL and the equipment to spin out the honey as well, but that's but one of many things on my want to do list.
probably ought to get them while there are some bees left...
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:10 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by ancona View Post:
We buy Indian River honey from a well known and very local source. Five pounds is twelve dollars. This equated to about half a gallon, as it is sold in a container that looks like a milk jug. In addition, it is raw honey, the only kind I'll consume. In pasteurized honey, I believe all the beneficial antimicrobial properties are destroyed. I transfer it to Ball jars and store it in quart size.

For the uninitiated, raw honey will store indefinitely. in fact, a jar of it was found in King Tuts tomb.
Fains used to be unadulterated. Not so sure anymore. Way more expensive, though. A jug is twelve pounds.

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Wish I could get my neighbor who keeps bees on here - he lurks when I give him a link. Short answer: Yes, most honey for sale outside farmers markets is adulterated (and maybe some of that too). Bee keeping is getting harder to do for a variety of reasons. Not sure there's any magic destroyed by pasteurizing if it's done right - after all, it's there to kill micro-organisms. But sure, it could denature some low-concentration proteins along the way...don't have a clue, have had both sorts, and no difference noted in my own health.

On the other hand, the pure stuff I get from him sure makes the bread I make using that as the sweetener/yeast food - sure tastes better. Especially if I also use the eggs he produces.
Not legal to sell any of that here, but one advantage to living "nowhere" is there's no enforcement to speak of. Of course, it's not as "safe" but in this case - I've seen the operation and know the guy - it's safer than the store almost certainly. Attention to detail...something that is lacking in mass production.
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