Monday, June 22, 2015

Bee-friendly Beekeeper Clothing

I started with a full bee suit to protect me from the bees. As I grew more comfortable with the bees, I realized that wearing the full bee suit was not always necessary. In fact, I could wear something more comfortable and this allowed me to stay cooler and work longer. The secret to an enjoyable beekeeping experience is to dress properly to avoid bee stings. It is common to see experienced beekeepers wearing casual clothing and just a veil.

As you gain experience with your own bees you might come to the same realization. A full bee suit is often cumbersome, especially in the summer. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to wearing a full suit. As you get to know your bees, you will be able to decide what clothing level is appropriate in the bee yard.

Here are some tips for clothing that can be worn when working in the bee yard. Bee-friendly clothing should be light or neutral colored. Do not wear dark colors in the bee yard as they attract the attention of guard bees and can trigger stinging. I like to wear khaki colored pants, as well as a neutral tone long sleeve shirt. The long sleeves not only protect your arms from stings, they also provide protection from the sun. You can always roll up your sleeves if the weather is good and the bees are mellow.

The type of fabric you choose can also make a difference in the bee yard. Smooth materials such a nylon attract less attention from the bees and are more difficult for the bees to grasp onto. Stay away from rough materials like fleece or wool. The bees may try to burrow into such rough fabrics.

In all cases, you should always wear a veil to protect your face and eyes from the bees. Also, pay attention to the openings in your clothing. Pant legs should be long enough to protect your ankles. Wearing high top boots that you can tuck your pants legs into is a good idea. You may want to close off any openings with duct tape. Keep in mind that even gentle bees can become aggressive if you were to drop a hive or a frame.

Checkout the Dansk Farms online store. You can find bee-friendly clothing at reasonable prices.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wildflower Bee Pollen Granules

Dansk Farms has high quality bee pollen available. There are studies that show that bee pollen can be effective for weight gain in body builders. It can also help those wishing to shed a few pounds lose weight by providing a rich source of protein that will satisfy your bodies nutritional requirements while allowing you to safely reduce your overall caloric intake. Bee pollen also has been shown to reduce the effects of harmful radiation exposure. We are offering Free Shipping when you order through Square Market.
Here are a few links to reports on the benefits of bee pollen:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Old Professions That Are Making a Comeback - CNBC

CNBC featured Beekeeping as one of nine traditional professions that are making a comeback. It is great to see renewed interest in our craft!

Old Professions That Are Making a Comeback - CNBC

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Differences and Considerations Between Honey and Cane Sugar

1. Honey adds moisture that table sugar does not have.
2. Honey is much more dense (weighs more per cup)
3. Honey adds its own flavor to the finished product
4. Honey adds acid to a recipe, and honey can cause baked foods to brown more quickly.

Moisture: If you just swap honey for sugar the finished product would likely be rather soggy and sticky. But, if we examine the rest of the ingredients in a recipe, we can determine which items will absorb some of the water in the honey and increase those to compensate. Or we can take the opposite approach and reduce some liquid from the recipe.

Density: A cup of granulated sugar weighs 8 ounces (1/2 lb or 1/4 kg; 250 grams). A cup of honey weighs 12 ounces (3/4 lb or 340 grams). So if you were to substitute honey in a recipe that calls for brown sugar, you’d be adding twice the amount of food. A cup of brown sugar weighs only 6. But a cup of maple syrup weighs 11 ounces and it slightly less sweet than honey; so you should use about 10% less honey than maple syrup.

Flavor: Honey has its own unique flavor. General it is a light and pleasing flavor, but if it conflicts with the desired taste of your recipe, there's not much you can do about it. However, most people seem to like the flavor that honey adds!

Acidity: Since honey adds acid to a recipe, if the recipe is sensitive to that you would have to neutralize with the addition of a pinch of baking soda. Adding 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of honey is advised in baking, but since most canning recipes prefer acidity, no action is needed if you are using honey in place of sugar in canning.

Faster Browning: Lower the oven temp about 25 degrees F to prevent over-browning

Monday, May 2, 2011

How to use honey in place of sugar in recipes

There are no hard and fast rules to substituting honey and sugar in recipes, but this page should help you quickly Decide how much you will want to use in your particular recipe, instead of table or cane sugar. In general, substituting honey for sugar seems to be a matter of taste. Some people use it cup for cup, others prefer 1/2 cup - 2/3 cup of honey per cup of white sugar. Reduce the amount of other liquids by 1/4 cup for every cup of honey used. Lower the oven temp about 25 degrees F to prevent over-browning and add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey to your batter. (Honey is naturally acidic and the baking soda tempers it.)

If you are diabetic, keep in mind that honey does not reduce the calorie or carbohydrate content of the sugar syrup, and thus is not acceptable sugar replacements for people on diabetic diets.