Pure Raw Honey
Hughes Honey is raw, unfiltered and is not heat procesesd. Our extraction process first begins by taking off the honey supers from the hive without using chemicals to drive out the bees. The frames are then uncapped with a knife and hand spun in an extractor. Honey flows out of the extractor into clean food grade five gallon buckets that contain a coarse strainer which traps the wax bits. The strainer allows small pollen particles and the beneficial enzymes to pass through which gives pure raw honey its unique taste and quality. The raw honey sits for a day to allow air bubbles to escape and is then hand bottled for consumer use.
The supermarkets usually heat their honey for a clearer appearance and longer shelf life before granulation (turning to sugar) but the heat also breaks down the sugar crystals, changes the flavor, and destroys the antioxidants, enzymes and other beneficial vitamins. All honey eventually granulates and turns solid. Raw honey that has granulated is not bad. Gently heat the honey jar in warm water until the honey turns back to a liquid. Do not heat above 115 degrees or the beneficial enzymes will be destroyed. We find it ironic that the quest for "pure" clear honey by some commercial honey vendors actually destroys the pure and healthful benefits honey can deliver to the consumer.
|2013 Retail Prices TBD|
Our next honey harvest is estimated to occur in late June to early July 2013. Honey prices are to be determined. Its been a very rough Winter from both a agriculture view as well as politically on small business like ourselves. We had a heavy hive loss (75%) this past winter. In addition, the Affordable Care Act and higher fuel costs have driven up our vendor operating costs which is directly passed down to us and eventually to you as a consumer. We are currently evaluating how and what direction to proceed under the new tax and health care laws. Unfortunately, we project higher prices this year and hope future tax laws become more small-business friendly.