Raw Unfiltered All Natural California Honey / Los Angeles from the Mountains to the Groves - Local ~
Our honey is ripened - we do not 'take off' the honey until the bee herself has capped/sealed the honey comb cell in which the honey is placed; she alone knows when the moisture content is correct hence - we remove the honey only when the capping has reached a minimum of 75% closure. Our honey moisture content is between 12-14%. The honey is extracted - it goes into the 'warming room' - 101F - no hotter - the honey does not lose any of its essentials at this temperature. This 'warming room' enables the wax cap/seal to be cut and the comb to be softened enough as to allow the honey to be extracted by centrifuge (spun out).
UNFILTERED honey does not rob the honey of its essential goodness. We simply skim the top to remove debris. All natural - No chemicals are used. No additives of any kind - The taste of the honey comes from the nectar in the flower which the bee then converts into honey. She alone is responsible for the taste.
California Bee Keeping
California Bee Keeping – is a Year-Round adventure with nature – a crapshoot / expensive and frustrating, rewarding and enjoyable, hard labourious days and short nights.
The honey flow is NOT year-round as many think – the honey ONLY flows IF there has been rain. One may see an abundance of flowers everywhere and think HONEY but without water there is none. RAIN = NECTAR = HONEY. It is that simple. No nectar NO HONEY.
BEEKEEPING TECHNIQUES haven’t really changed all that much – the pests, the diseases, the travel, the expenses, and the return on the work – all that has changed. With the oncoming of the Africanized bee and the lack of under-standing of the situation – the fear that caused so many ‘city fathers’ to ‘dissuade’ local beekeepers from keeping hives in backyards cut the control factor of marauding bees which could have been eradicated in part by informed beekeepers… So, instead we are inundated with this very territorial creature – one never quite knows when one’s hive has been ‘taken over’ as it were. The once backyard beekeeper without proper clothing no longer exists. Gloves, boots, suits one cannot do without here in California.
And importation issues of bringing in European bees (a milder creature) has stifled the gene pool expansion, which has diminished at an alarming rate here in the United States. Nature seems to be fighting back with the issue of sterility in males – both animal/insect and human with a rise of 18% in humans – something that is already seen in the queen bee who has to be replaced 2 and 3 times a year as she is continually superseded, or killed on sight/site or simply flies away.
The lack of education in schools of basic agriculture has created a widespread ignorance of just how important the bee is to pollination – no bee to pollinate the almond = no almond; strawberries would be white and hard... (THE SILENCE OF THE BEE – video) ought to be a source of information for both the media and the layman as without the bee man is no long on this planet. Over population has put an impossible increase on food output, causing agriculture to change its focus to meet demand causing systemic damage to ground and water supply, genetically engineered product, an increase in air and noise pollution, viruses, pests, mites, transportation issues… An endless array of living in the 21st Century.
The History of Beekeeping
Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of food production. Some of the earliest evidence of beekeeping is from rock painting, dating to around 13,000bc. It was particularly well developed in Egypt and was discussed by the Roman writers, Virgil, Gaiu Julius Hyginus, Varr and Columella. Techniques have been passed down through generations with modern use hive products changing little since ancient times.
Before the 1980's most U.S. hobby beekeepers were farmers or relatives of a farmer, lived in rural areas, and kept bees with techniques passed down for generations. The arrival of tracheal mites in the 1980s and varroa mites and small hive beetles in the 1990s led to the discontinuation of the practice by most of these beekeepers as their bees could not survive among these new parasites.
The Art of Beekeeping
The control of a colony mainly consists in taking care of the state of the “demography” of the hives. Although some call it a "science," the "art" of the beekeeper is in managing a colony's population so that the maximum number of bees is available for a task at a particular time. Most beekeepers are interested in a surplus of honey. Maximal honey production occurs when the most workers bees (both foragers and ripeners) are present at the exact same time that nectar-producing flowers (in both numbers and nectar production) are also at an optimum. For pollination, both the grower and beekeeper are looking for a surplus of foraging honeybees. Package bee and queen producers try to have as many nurse (young worker) bees as possible on hand. Queen breeders also try to manage drone population numbers.
A colony of bees is composed of a single queen, many workers (infertile females), drones (males), and a brood (eggs, larvae, and pupae). A hive is the box used by beekeepers to house a colony.
A colony of bees tries to accumulate a surplus of provisions (nectar and pollen) during the more favorable seasons (when there is a lot to forage, such as flowers available, along with good weather) in order to be able to survive the more unfavourable seasons and reproduce. This period is the winter in the Northern hemisphere; in the Southern Hemisphere and in Africa this period is the dry season, or Summer.
The population of the colony varies according to the seasons. It is important for the colony to have a large population (30,000 to 60,000+ individuals) when there is a lot of forage available, in order to achieve the greatest possible harvest. The population is minimal in the winter (6,000 individuals) in order to reduce the consumption of provisions. The colony should not be too weak, however, because the bees which overwinter have to revive the colony again in the spring. If the population is too small over winter, another problem may be encountered: honeybees need to cluster together in winter in order to maintain the temperature (95F degrees) required for their survival.
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BEE made from resins in trees, bark, leaves and used as an anti-biotic 'glue' / intruders will be embalmed if the bees cannot remove / holes are 'glued up' and lids sealed. A once a year 'gathering' as the bees are IN NEED themselves. Reported to aid with all health issues ~ instructions upon purchase > (ONLY AT MARKETS WHEN AVAIL when IN season > JULY-August) (photo WainDecker©)
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Made with 65% honey from an old Scottish recipe - In 1979 the honey pecan pralines, now known as Pecan Pearls was born; so smooth it just melts in your mouth, with just enough nut to make it chewy.
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Do you get bitten and does it hurt?
No I do not get bitten – stung, yes and does it hurt, only when I laugh... For a split second, and after a few choice words are delivered – a quick dab of alcohol or baby wipe and all is fine. Remember that when a bee stings a person it then dies as the stinger is left in the target. A bee can sting ONLY once – wasps can sting up to 5-6 times. And it is wasps who eat your hamburger meat at the picnic. Not bees.
How do you squeeze the honey from the bees?
Gently - between my fingers.. each and every one. (just kidding) Actually, the honey is collected from the frames or comb and then put into a centrifuge – a spinner – the front of the comb is sliced off cleanly and the whirling pulls the honey off. It is then collected in the vat, allowed to settle and then skimmed (sometimes with cheese cloth) so that any dirt, wings or body parts of trapped bees etc, is cleared. Our honey is not cooked – it remains raw and unfiltered.
Can you squeeze honey out of the wax?
No. BUT you can get honey out of the natural comb – that which the bees make themselves – by extraction.
But honey, without a comb as in a jar, can not produce wax.
What is the importance of the bee?
If you have eaten today then you will know – without pollination most of what we eat – vegetables, fruit, nuts etc... and that which cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens etc eat is predicated on a flower that has been pollinated, and hence new seeds, new plants, more food. The grass and alfalfa the cattle eat enables us to eat them.
How long does a bee live?
Workers and soldiers live 3-4 weeks. In the summer months the colony bees can literally shred their wings to ribbons as they have a great need to forage, sometimes up to 7 miles away as the food supplies diminish, and because of the need to keep the hive cool (wing flaps). In the winter months the bee can live up to 4 months - food is already stored in the hive as honey and the pollen serves as protein. There is little need to forage though the hive temperature does need to be maintained at the 95-96F at all times; difficult in snowy regions.
The drone lives until he is of no ‘service’ to the queen – then he is dragged out of the hive to fend for himself – and as he does not know how to find food or care for himself, he dies. The Queen can actually live as long as 5-7years but in today’s commercial world she is replaced every year. The Queen lays as many as 1,500 – 3,000 eggs a day. A new queen is introduced and as only one queen can ‘rule’ the option is for the old one to either leave the hive, or fight it out with the new arrival. The queen’s stinger is only reserved for another queen. Some beekeepers simply ‘remove’ her. We prefer to give her her choice – naturally.
How many bees to a box?
The box is called a hive. The colony – a thriving one – should have from 30,000 to 80,000 bees.
Remember the turnover within the colony, the community, is constant – every 3-4 weeks.
What gender are bees?
The worker and soldiers are all females.
The foragers and pollinators are female.
The nursers and wax builders are female.
The drones are male and exist only to ‘serve’ the queen.
The queen’s sole purpose is to produce. She is female.
The hive is basically all ladies.
How many queens to a hive?
One – and if there are more there is battle to the end until ONE survives.
Though the other day I saw something most extraordinary – two queens on a single frame with their own entourages surrounding them, each cohabitating with the other in harmony!!! Incredible!!!
If I boil honey long enough will it become wax?
No – you will simply kill all the good aspects inherent IN honey.
And vice a versa – you can not squeeze a chunk of wax to create honey..
How do you ‘make’ the honey in the kitchen?
Actually I /WE DO NOT MAKE the honey. The bees make the honey.
How does the bee make the honey?
The worker bee goes out to forage/collect nectar from the plants. She then brings it back to the hive in in her second stomach sack – it is simply a pouch for holding - where the nectar is given a special enzyme by that worker. The newly created combo (honey) is then injected into the comb cell by the bee and when the cell is filled that individual cell will be capped with a thin layer of wax to seal in the honey. The honey is only sealed when the bee knows it is ready. We do not ‘take honey off’ before the cap is sealed (some beekeepers do). We wait for at least 85%-90% seal as the honey then is ready. raw unfiltered local honey raw honeycomb certified honey
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Subject: FACEBOOK COMMENT
Charity wrote: "I used this recipe, with Klausesbees wax and really liked it. It only takes a tiny amount to make your skin really smooth."
Subject: BOOK and HONEY
Your story is one I enjoyed telling. And your honey has been the best thing ever!! I’ve shared it with as many people as I can and they can’t believe the wonderful taste. Thanks for caring for the bees and sharing their reward with all of us. !
Subject: MAIL-ORDER HONEY
Hello Erika, I am looking forward to receiving the honey, and thanks soooo much for the sticks you have included. Since I gave my father in law a taste of your honey some 2 years ago, he has refused all other brands! So now, every time someone goes back to the Philippines, first on the list of things to bring KLAUSESBEES HONEY!!!!!
Klausesbees, I received a bottle of your honey has a gift -- it is magnificent! I would like to purchase more... Thank you! Joyce M.
Subject: LOCAL RAW HONEY
Dear Klausesbees I'm in the San Gabriel Valley and would like raw local honey for my patients. Where is your honey collected from?
Dr. Brad Miller www.millerfamilycare.com
KB Response: I trust our reply has helped you with your search for raw local honey - our's is from the Angeles Crest - your back door - Thank you again for your query. Come by one of our markets - Monrovia friday night 5-9:30pm would probably be your closest - at the corner of Olive and Myrtle, Old Town.
Dr. Miller Response: I steered patients to your booth at the Monrovia street fair and they were happy with their purchases. We still intend to purchase and keep some on hand but have been in the middle of a house move which has kept us from thinking about much else.
This is by far the BEST tasting honey I have ever had. I'm making my granola tonight as a matter of fact and using your honey. Nothing else would make it taste as good. NOTHING. Love seeing you at the street fair in Monrovia.
Subject: WOOLY BLUE CURL
Thank you so much for your dedicatation to such a wonderful product.
We purchased the 12oz jar of the Woody Blue Curl last night at the Monrovia Farmers Market and my family is in love with it, We'll see you next week so we can purchase a larger container.
Marvin Chang and Family
I LOVE your website! I LOVE how passionate you all seem about your
bees and honey. I was so excited when I read the list of Honey and
Cinnamon cures and ventured to find more on the subject.
I am for sure going to come by your stands soon. Can't wait to
purchase your product!
Subject: Hello (An E-mail from Japan Earthquake Victim)
Hello. My name is Kimiko Yano, Japanese.
I bought some honey your shop last November at downtown in L.A.
You know, We had huge earthquake.
Unfortunately my home town Miyagi has damaged seriously.
After earthquake, I spent home alone without water and electricity.
Obviously, I didn't have enough food.
Meanwhile, my soul was healed your sweet honey.
I guess it's not easy recovery like we used to.
Anyway I'd like to tell you "Thank you"
If our mind is relax, we will go to L.A. again, and I'd like to see you.
Please keep your mind about me.
I'm not generally inclined to write fan letters, but a couple months ago I bought some of your sage honey at the Thursday night Hollywood Farmer's Market - and it really is a marvelous product!
I don't even like honey very much, in fact, but I find myself scooping up teaspoons of your sage, daily.
I'll be back to buy more, and I'll try different flavors too - but until then, I do want you to know how much I (well, we) appreciate your creating something so wonderful.
The honey tastes great and it is helping me greatly for my allergies, it is better than Claritin in the natural way
Thanks so much,
Subject: Thank you for the beeswax
What great timing – I just made some lip balm yesterday with your wax, and it came out wonderfully. The wax has such a lovely scent – when it was melted, it smelled so heavenly I kept thinking about making candles! I’ll definitely be back for more wax and honey.
Thank you again!
I did check out Klausesbees. I must admit as a result of you I am paying much greater attention to bees & the problems that bees & beekeepers are faced with. Through your art I've been getting quite an education. I thank you for that.
Subject: Your video
Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the video interview on your website. Very informative and interesting! I will be ordering some products from you in the future. Merry Christmas, and Happy 2010, hope it is a very prosperous year for your business.
Subject: Thank you
Thank you so much for the information. My husband came by your La Canada Farmer's Market location about 2 weeks ago. He purchased 7 jars of local honey that I gave as door prizes at a heart health workshop I was involved with. I am so glad you are in business and hope that you continue for many years. And thank you for the honey sticks that you gave him!!
Karen P., La Canada
Subject: Google Search
I have heard through the GOOGLE web search that you and Klaus are quite the popular ones in the Farmer's Market. A girl scout troop visited your site and spoke very highly of your booth and of course you and Klaus were well acknowledged.
Susie/Bennett Honey Farm
We were chatting at the farmer’s market at Yamashiro Thursday...... Sorry I couldn’t buy any honey from you but I didn’t have enough cash with me that day. Hope to come back next time and get some. It was superb.
Subject: Avocado Honey
Erika and Klaus,
The avocado honey I bought from you at the Monrovia market on Friday night is wonderful! I've been having it in my tea every night before I go to bed. I love strong flavors, so this one is just perfect for me. It was nice to see you again, Klaus! (Erika is lovely)
See you soon.
Subject: Avocado Honey
Received the honey this evening. Already tried some with croissants and it is incredible! My first time eating avocado honey. Thank you and now I know where to turn when I need another order of avocado honey.
Subject: Klausesbees Honey
Yes, I'm very happy with the honey!
Thank you very much...I will order from you again!
-Jim K. (comcast.net)
Subject: Klausesbees Honey
Best honey I every had, honey!! Thanks so much Erika, for the sweetness of California bees.
Paul Sladkus - Goodnewsbroadcast.com in New York City.
Subject: Your Fabulous Honey
Hi Erika & Klaus (and a buzz-buzz to the bees!),
Loving the wildflower honey! Use it every morning i my chamomile tea. I have severe allergy/sinus problems and I have to say, since making this honey a regular part of my diet, I have noticed a slow but steady improvement in my health! I'll probably be placing another order for a couple of jars sometime in November. I also that I'll try some of the honey soap bars next time too!
Paula of Pico Rivera
Subject: Andy Rooney
Dear Mr. Koepfli,
On behalf of Andy Rooney I would like to thank you for the three jars of delicious honey that we received yesterday...
Our morning tea has never tasted so wonderful.
Associate Producer for Andy Rooney
Subject: your honey!
Hi, This is Sukhee, I received honey today and it's great!!
I would like to make an order for.........
Sukhee (Repeat customer.. victoria, vancouver, canada)
Subject: your honey!
I have received my order in perfect condition and already tried all the products. Everything is excellent! (Note: You wrapped the honey jars in "the Pink Sheet" the Financial Times! I really enjoyed looking at the pages. I use to subscribe back in the 1980s.)
I found you via the links at the California Beekeepers Association which I located via the National Honey Board. I was specifically searching for locally grown, raw, honey.
The locally grown was very important to me because I am experimenting attempting to get some relief from environmental allergies -- grasses, trees, pollen. I've been very allergic my entire life. I've been through desensation injections years ago with mixed results. Trying raw, locally grown honey was very recently suggested to me by a coworker who is probably very tired of hearing me wheeze, cough, and sneeze my way through every workday. She worked with someone years ago who had a doctor suggest this as a solution to them and they received some relief. I started using your products Thursday night, as soon as I unpacked them. Honestly, it is subtle at the moment but I don't feel quite so congested. I am hopeful!
I am so glad I found you.
Thank you again,
- Karen Holley
Subject: your honey!
Hey there, I just wanted to drop you a line and say that I love your honey! I have been using honey in my morning coffee for years! My wife picked up a bottle of your alfalfa honey during a visit to L.A. (or somewhere in California?) and now I'm hooked! Thanks for the wonderful liquid gold!
- antz yent wettig
Subject: Re: Klausesbees happy eaters
I am certainly one of them. I could never eat ho before....something about it that hurt my teeth. This hone is different...perhaps because it is organic....don't know...but I prefer it to any jam or jelly on the market. It is a kin to the wonderful maple syrup that I used to eat Canada only different in flavor, a little thicker in consistency and definitely more mellow. It makes a wonderful gift any time of the year. And now, when I have a cold, have my tea and honey without imagining that my teeth will fall out.
IT'S GOOD STUFF!!!!
Subject: Re: Your fabullous honey
The jar of honey that you generously gave to me is finally gone. I ate most of it one spoonful at a time, straight from the jar. It was some of the most wonderful honey that I've ever had, and again I thank you very much for your generosity. Each spoonful was like a yummy little hug of love.
Thank you so much for the sage honey. It is very good and I love eating the honeycomb (but I think the alfalfa is sweeter)
Grace Rolek (Child Actress) Website:
Been meaning to let you know that I did pick up a jar of your Wildflower honey in Toluca Lake at the Hon Baked Ham place. Loved it. So flavorful!! A little more expensive that the market ones, but so much thicker, you don't have to use as much. Well worth the price ----and you may QUOTE me..
Just bought another jar of honey yesterday. --Hmmmm!
HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT THANKSGIVING. GOING BACK TO STORE TOMORROW FOR MORE "HONEY" ---
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Printed from COOKS.COM > Honey has been a favorite sweetener since prehistoric times and it has advantages over sugar even today. Honey is composted of two simple sugars, glucose and fructose, honey is absorbed in a different manner and therefore causes a slower, more gradual rise in blood sugar. Because honey has a slightly higher percentage of fructose than sugar, it tastes sweeter, and less is required for equal sweetness. Remember that honey does contain calories. The flavor, aroma and color of honey vary with the kind of flower from which the bees gather the nectar used to make the honey. The fructose gives honey its sweet flavor, and the nectar adds the characteristic taste of the floral source to your recipes. Honey can easily be substituted for sugar as shown with the common recipe favorites. Due to honey's ability to retain water, products made with honey tend to remain much longer than similar products made with sugar or other sweeteners. Some adjustments may need to be made to a recipe when substituting honey for sugar:
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YORBA SANTA - pungent perfume and oh so delightful taste to add to the mix ~(photo WainDecker ©)
Buckwheat - when the temperatures hit over 80F the plant sill looks great but the nectar dries out..(photo WainDecker ©)
Pear Cactus makes wonderful honey - slightly gritty like a fine white sand... the leaves make great vegetable raw/cooked delights - clothing dies come from the 'built-up drops' from the aphids ~( photo WainDecker ©) raw unfiltered local honey certified honey
the light yellow gives a light pollen and grows along side the Yorba Santa ~ (photo WainDecker©)
Green Apple is a favourite - (photo WainDecker ©)
Rabbit Bush is a buzz.... both in mountain and desert ~ (photo WainDecker ©)
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EASY to make - old wood / fresh pieces.. cut and then holes drilled big and small, thin and fat - POLLINATORS ARE SOLO BEES - they do not have colonies but need HOMES along the way too lay eggs and DO THEIR WORK....(photo WainDecker©)
We always give our 'ladies' the 'left' goods - as they will TAKE WHAT THEY NEED - any droppings of honey and wax... (photo WainDecker©)
EACH year we add new queen cells to the colonies, allowing the former to leave with her entourage / or not - the NEW CELLS OPENS up the GENE POOL and strengthens the colony structure ~(photo WainDecker©)
EACH YEAR the BEE QUEENS are COLOUR CODED so that one then KNOWS which year she is from and so does QUEEN E as we follow HER 'dress colour code' :) 2019 Green / 2020 Blue / 2021 White / 2022 Yellow ~
Klaus and Erika spotted a swarm coming up the 'gorge' (millions+) / Klaus headed to an empty hive box and prepped it for housing 'offering' / the ladies entered and have remained many generations later - it is still filled ~(photo WainDecker©)