Placed 1st Amongst NYC Honey at the Rockaway Honey Festival

10 Sep

Queens Apiary was at the Rockaway NYC Honey Fest last weekend.

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Sold out on most of the products – Please visit out new website, http://www.queensapiary.com to get updates on when the products will become available.

Queens Apiary honey was entered in the honey tasting contest. Although it came in 3rd place overall, the 1st and 2nd place were from out of NYC, so it was the 1st honey within NYC!!! The 1st/2nd place winners also forfeited the prize – A beautiful 8 frame hive with copper roof – so Queens Apiary won the hive! I will be picking it up at Brooklyn Grange this weekend and will post a picture of it later.

Tally Sheet:

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It was a beautiful day and we had a blast on the beach!

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NYC Honey Festival in the Rockaways

6 Sep

Queens Apiary will be at the NYC Honey Festival in the Rockaways on Saturday, September 7, 2013!

http://www.nychoneyfest.com/

 

Honey Fest Square

2013 High Line Honey Festival

6 Sep

Photos from 2013 High Line Honey Festival.

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Lip Balms, Lip Stains, and Salve-ation Balm

29 Jul

I researched various recipes to find out the ratio between beeswax and liquid oils.
I found anywhere from 1:2 to a 1:4 wax to oil ratio. Since it’s summer, I wanted for the balm to be harder = more wax.

So I began with 100g of beeswax, 100g coconut oil, and 100g almond oil, plus about a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil.
(sorry, it’s just easier to go metric, rather than dealing with cups, fl. oz, oz, etc . etc.)

First batch turned into Mint Lip Balm.
Some of the leftover got turned into Lip Stain, with added red beet powder. I meant to make less lip stain than lip balm, but ended up making more as I had to add more beet powder diluted in almond oil.
The remainder became “Salve-ation Balm”, a panacea for all things rashy and itchy.

=== INGREDIENT LIST ===

Mint Lip Balm:
Beeswax, organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, spearmint oil, rosemary oil, and Vitamin E.

Lip Stain:
In addition to the Lip Balm – organic red beet root powder.

Salve-ation Balm/Ointment:
In addition to the Lip Balm – black walnut tincture, neem tincture, tee tree oil, and lavender.

=== PROCESS ===

Melting Virgin Beeswax harvested from burr comb:
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Anticipating Yield (over-anticipated…)
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Sifting Beet Root Powder for Lip Stain:
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Beet Root Powder mixed in with Beeswax:
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Actual Yield… Both Lip Stain and Salve needed to be re-done:
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Lip Stain had to be re-done to increase ‘staining potency’ of beet powder:
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After Lip Stain congealed:
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Salve-ation Balm:
Black Walnut tincture got separated from wax as it congealed, so I ended up mixing up the balm afterwards, re-melting some of it. It’s more creamy than lip balm. Tried on eczema and works great!

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Packaging Design Process – in Pictures

28 Jul

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Hand Dipped Tapers and Scented Candles

24 Jul

Melting beeswax:

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Making wicks from hemp twine – Each one is about 10 ft, dipped in wax, hung overnight from makeshift hanger (un-assembled hive frames). Weighed down with nuts and spoons.

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Finished and cut wicks:

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Finished hemp wick has the feel and hardness of spaghetti:

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Again, using hive frame tops as a drying rack:

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Dipping:

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Drying:

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Finished!

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Used leftover wicks to create central, standing wicks in a jar:

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Scented with essential oils: Lavender, Geranium, Cedar/Vetiver combo

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Making of Propolis Tincture

22 Jul

 

Starting from propolis scraped off of the hives:

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Tear them into small pieces if the propolis was kept in a ball (or keep it as small particles if they were harvested that way), and wrap them up in wax paper:

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Propolis wrapped in wax paper get frozen:

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After they are thoroughly frozen, the propolis becomes brittle and easy to crush with the bottom of a jar, while they’re still in the wax paper. On a new moon day, put crushed propolis into grain alcohol (I used Everclear). Used the propolis to alcohol ratio chart here: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/htm-files/Propolis%20extract.html

Until the full moon, shake the bottle twice a day, and keep in a cool dark place.

Harvest at full moon. (which I didn’t do, but wanted to keep extracting until the day before the Honey Day event.)

About 2 weeks to 1 month later….Extract using funnel and coffee filter.

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Finished Product: Used “Stayz-On” all-surface ink to stamp the logo on tincture bottles:
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