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Canaan Honey March News Brief

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  • How have you managed to keep cool over these hot summer months? Discover below, how bees do this, in a crowded beehive with no windows and just a very small open front door.
  • Have you tried baking loaves with No butter. No eggs. No sugar? You must try out this delicious moist honey spice loaf!
  • Wondering how to care for your beeswax wraps? Check out out tips to ensure long life for these treasures!
  • Waiting for your special honey comb? Sorry it won't be available for a while yet. Our complete consignment needs to be processed and tested in the laboratory before sale.

Check out our news items below:

How to care for your beeswax wraps

Carefully roll or lay out flat to reduce creasing. Encourage children not to scrunch up their wrap after use.
Wash wraps flat in cold or luke warm water using a soft bristled dish brush. Lay wrap on clean teatowel and pat dry.

After regular use your wrap may become creased and a little limp.
  1. Lay your wrap in a baking dish and pop into pre-heated oven 180ºC for 1 minute. No extra wax needed for the first few times.
  2. Remove the tray from the oven. Carefully lift out the wrap using the prongs of a fork to hold up one corner for a moment, until the wax cools a little.
  3. Hold wrap upright over the tray, using both hands until dry (about 30 seconds)
  4. Lay wrap out flat on towel to fully dry.
After a few months of regular use if your wrap seems to not be so effective:
  • Place the wrap into a shallow baking tray, sprinkle 1-2 tblsp, grated beeswax over the wrap
  • Place tray in the preheated oven (180ºC) for 1-2 minutes
  • Follow instructions from (2) above.
With this care your wraps should come up like new and last for many months.

John’s Beekeeping Diary for March 2019

Seasonal Notes – ‘Keeping their cool’

Bees know how to keep their cool! Water plays a major role in this. Much of the activity around a beehive on hot summer days (as we’ve all been experiencing) is to do with fetching water and not just nectar.

So, how do bees “keep their cool?”

In an amazing way the water is allowed to evaporate and in doing so, it soaks up heat, then it is expelled as a draft of warm, moist air.

Somehow, the bees know how to keep the air moving in one direction; to draw in air from one side of the hive entrance, then to expel the air laden with moisture from the other side of the entrance.

In this way the inside-hive temperature is carefully regulated. Otherwise, the brood is fried and the honey comb melts. I’ve seen it happen — then everything is in total collapse.

The moist air also carries with it added moisture from the nectar the bees are drying out. This is part of the ripening process and the formation of honey as we know it.

When the bees reduce the moisture content to below 18% then the honey cells are capped over (sealed) with wax. The honey is then ready for harvest.

This is the culmination of much hard work by the beekeeper and his bees and favoured by some excellent weather.


Janice’s Recipe 

Apple and Honey Spiced Loaves

  • 2 ½ cups grated apple
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • 3 tablesp. olive oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 teasp. cinnamon, 1 teasp. mixed spice, ½ teasp ground cloves
  • 1 teasp. salt
  • 3 cups wholemeal flour, 1 ½ teasp. baking soda
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts: walnuts or Brazil
  • Pre heat oven to 180ºC
  • Pour boiling water over apples and raisins
  • Top with oil and let stand 10 minutes
  • Stir in honey, spices and salt and allow mixture to cool
  • Sift together the flour and baking soda, add chopped nuts and combine with other ingredients.
  • Pour mixture into 2 well greased and lined loaf tins approx. 10cm x 20cm
  • Bake 1 to 1¼ hours
  For more delicious honey desserts and sweets, see our web site.

Honey Price List from 1 December 2018



  250g 500g    1kg    2kg 5.6kg
Clover $5.50 $9.50 $18 $34 $88.00
Wildflower $5.50 $9.50 $18 $34 $88.00
Wanganui City Gardens (liquid) $5.50 $9.50 $18 $34    –
Blue Borage (liquid) $6.50 $12.00 $23 $44    –
Manuka/Native Bush $6.50 $12.00 $23 –      –
Native Bush $6.20 $11.00 $21 $40    –
Raw Honey $6.50 $12.00 $23 –      –
Comb Honey   Not available yet

Bring Your Own Container prices, per kg

Clover   $15  liquid or granulated
Wildflower   $15  granulated only
Wanganui City Gardens   $15  liquid only
Manuka/Native Bush Blend   $20  granulated only
Native Bush   $18  granulated only
Raw Honey   $20  natural granulation only
Blue Borage   $20  liquid only

Manuka Honey

We have three different grades of Manuka honey based on their MGO laboratory test: Low, Medium and High.
  250g 500g    1kg   
Low MGO: 80+ mg/kg $14  $26.50 $52    pre-packed only
Medium MGO: 274mg/kg $25 $46.50 $92    pre-packed only
High MGO: 520mg/kg $36 $71.50 $142    pre-packed only

Help! What happens if I run out of honey before next shop days?

Just before you make your morning toast, give us a call on (06)345 5350 to arrange a pick-up of an extra pot or two from our shelf.

Sorry, in between shop days we are unable to fill your own containers.
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