Campus Beehives: Honey Extraction Process

The following slideshow illustrates how we recently extracted and jarred honey from our campus apiaries on the laidlaw roof and near the SEE building. The finished honey will be on sale w/c 23rd of October but will have probably sold out by the end of the week! (You can buy these jars from the Ziff, Pure (Worsley) and Business School Cafes for as long as stocks last)


1. Uncapping the Frames
Honeybees preserve the honey by using wax cells to cap it. The tops of the cells, or ‘caps’, need to be removed to extract the honey. Most frames will have honey on both sides, so both sides needs to be uncapped. A double edged knife is perfect for this, and stray cells that have not been uncapped are scrapped away with a metal comb.

2. Spinning the Frames
Two uncapped frames are placed in the extractor in a balanced position, and the handle is spun for a few minutes until the honey has been forced out of the comb and dripped down. The frames are then turned over and the process is repeated so the honey in the other side of the frame is released.

3. Filtering
The valve on the extractor is opened and the honey is filtered through a coarse and then a fine mesh filter. At this point, the wax cappings are also placed on a filter to left to let any residual honey drip through. Not a drop wasted!

4. Jarring
Once the all of the honey has been extracted and filtered, it is separated into jars, a break seal sticker is put on to make sure we know that no jar has been opened before first use. Our UoL stickers are placed on the jar to complete!

5. Sale
The finished product  goes on sale at Great Food at Leeds outlets around campus and completely sells out within a few days!