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Slinging Honey, Blending Beets

Ever been to a honey sling? Now's your chance for the inside scoop from a beekeeper's club.

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    The honey extractor, getting loaded up with frames of honey comb.

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    These boxes are called honey supers. Beekeepers will take what they determine is extra, and leave the rest of the honey for the bees.

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    The first step is uncapping the honey comb with a knife (some beekeepers use a special hot knife).

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    Adam Brown uses a scraping tool to uncap any comb that is too low for the knife to reach.

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    Adam Brown places a frame of honey comb into the honey extractor.

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    This extractor has a motor on top. Some extractors are hand cranked.

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    Teresa and Adam steady the thumping extractor as it spins the honey out of the comb. If some of the frames have less honey than others, the extractor can become unbalanced.

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    A peek inside the extractor, to the bottom, where the honey is collecting.

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    These strainers are used when transferring the honey from the extractor to the buckets.

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    Curtis McBride talks bees with fellow beekeeper, Stephanie Smith. McBride hosts the annual Summer Sling in his shop in Bedford, Indiana.

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    And finally, the moment we've all been waiting for...the honey!

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    The honey has plenty of bits of wax in it, and needs to be filtered through a fine mesh strainer.

Today on our show, we’ll continue our conversation with Colin Schwartz from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, on federal guidelines for menu labeling. From Harvest Public Media, we’ll hear about a farm community facing water shortages in Colorado, and we’ll visit with The Bedford Beekeepers Club, harvesting honey in Southern Indiana. All that, plus a tasty recipe featuring fresh beets, from Chef Daniel Orr.

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Beet And Honey Vinaigrette With Orange

beets fresh from the ground

This versatile condiment goes well on just about anything, from a burger to a salad.

Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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