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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.

How do I get the honey out of the jar?
Try a fork, a knife, or a spoon and give it a little twist – dip and twist and should any drops stick to the side simply wipe them off so as not to attract ants. The twist is an art and a fun one to master.

Do you flavor your honey?
NO. the flavors comes from the flowers as every flower has its own taste – hence the avocado flower is the prelude to the fruit itself – avocado honey does not taste like the fruit as it has come before; the buckwheat, alfalfa, wildflower all have their own distinct flavor which comes from the flower itself.

Should I refrigerator the honey?

NO – NEVER. Simply keep it on a shelf, not to be forgotten hence to be used. Should the honey ever crystallize (a natural inherent quality of some honey) then simply place the container in a pot of WARM water which will soften the crystals and bring the honey back to its original state at time of purchase.  Crystallized honey is sometimes preferred – a bit of grit is fun sometimes.

How do your bees know which flower to go to?
We situate the hives in areas with flowers whose flavors we want and when the honey comes in (the bees make their honey) we take most of it off (always leaving them some) and start the process all over again. If we are lucky and the conditions have been good we might get two or maybe three ‘take offs’ of honey.  When the flower stops blooming we simply move the bees to another location. Hence we are known to be migratory beekeepers. Like nomads in the desert, always on the move, looking for the next flower.

How do bees keep warm?
Bees flap their wings and keep clustered.
The hive temperate must be maintained around 96-98F.

How do bees bring back pollen?
Pollen is gathered by the pollen gatherer, from plants when bees brush their legs against the flower’s interior where it clings to the bees legs so that one can actually see little yellow, red, green, brown, black, purple (pollen comes in all different colors as the flowers are all different) pollen seeds – their legs look like they are wearing puffed up colored socks.  The gathered pollen is sticky. Pollen is the bees’ protein – it is called bee bread and without their pollen the bee can not live. So when it is gathered by a beekeeper it is gathered with that thought in mind/ sparingly.

How does the beekeeper get the pollen?
The beekeeper sets up a ‘trap entrance’ which brushes off the collected pollen from their legs when they enter through the grate – it is then gathered in a small tray.  The bee is not harmed nor is it bothered. A beekeeper would only set up a certain number of hives for gathering this pollen.

Does pollen make honey?
No. Bees make honey from Nectar - the juice of the plant.  Pollen is the 'sticky dust' on the flower which is brushed off as the bee passes from flower to flower (pollination) - these gather on her legs as little pellets/granules (sacks) and the co lour varies from orange to yellow, black to purple, green to brown.... As the flowers are all different. Pollen gathering by the bee is intentional. She goes from plant to plant gathering the pollen in her mouth, then compacts it and puts the pollen onto her legs thus making pollen balls which are very visible as she flies back to her hive.

Do you steal the pollen from the bees?
No - but we do take some of it.  The pollen itself is the bee's protein so it would not be wise to deprive them of it. Bee keeping is a symbiotic relationship – we both survive through each other.  The bees do not use all that is collected so on selective hives and only at selective times do we use a 'catcher' which is placed at the hive's entrance - the pollen pellets/granules are then brushed off the bee's legs into a tray as she enters. This is a simplified explanation but it serves to answer the question.

How is pollen good for you and what do I look for when buying it?
Some report that it gives them energy. One should look for a variety of color as all flowers/plants are different.

How would I use pollen if I were to buy it?
Sparingly, a little at a time, to begin with - the reason being to see if you will have an adverse reaction such as stomach aches, heat flashes, rash, closing of the throat, increase in blood pressure.  One begins with a few pellets each day to 'test' one’s reaction then increases to teaspoons etc. Pollen can be taken with jam /yogurt /in cereal/ tea/ eaten straight (though it does taste pasty)... ALL pollen needs to be kept in the freezer - shelf life 4 months then it gets 'hairy' which means time to throw it out - being kept IN the freezer will not 'block' freeze it so do not worry about the ability to spoon it out.  There is none.

If I place a box over the plant will I get honey?
NO.  Only bees can make honey. The box will not.

How do you get honey from the plant?
Again – we do not make honey. The Bee makes the honey. We simply place the box/hive in the area we are interested in taking off/harvesting honey i.e.. Cactus (the desert)/ Avocado (the grove) / Alfalfa (the field) / Wild Flower (the mountains).....

How would I know if I was allergic?
Many people are quick to say they are allergic to a bee sting when in fact they are not. A sting most often results in an ouch and then sometimes a swelling (treat with ice or handy wipe). An allergic reaction will result in a quicken of the heart, a closing off of the throat (hardness to breath). You will indeed know the difference. A sting can 'hurt' for some time / one hour but if you are around 15 minute after the sting to complain about it then you are not allergic – you simply have been stung. Not very different from a mosquito bite or an ant or a cactus thistle/pricker or a rose bush thorn (though I have found those more painful by far).

What do the diesel prices have to do with the price of honey or food?
All farming is done with diesel trucks/tractors etc..
All transportation from 'farm' to super market/distributor is on trucks which run on diesel fuel.
All transportation to farmer markets is on trucks, which run on diesel fuel.
Within 3 days' time we totaled over 1,400 miles in diesel from transporting bees.

What does the decline of the honeybee have to do with the honey price?
Just ask Haagen Daaz - just ask the growers of vegetables, nuts, fruits –
no honeybees and there is no product - no seeds for next year's growing.

How many times does a bee flap her wings?
A bee flaps her wings 240 times per second as verse to other insects who only flap between 140-160 per second.

Do you kill the bees when taking off the honey?
No, we do not kill the bees. beekeepers use the frame method as verse to being in the wild where one actually gathers the full comb. Full combs contain the brood, pollen, honey, and of course, the bees. This would then be squeezed to extract the honey. In short all the bees would be killed along with all of their colony, living within the comb. The beekeeper would then no longer have a 'food source'. Today, in the commercial world one uses frames upon which the bees then builds their comb. The added supers, smaller boxes for honey, are added to the main 'housing' bee box. These supers are separated by an excluder grid which does not allow the queen to enter, hence no laying of eggs. The end result is only honey is gathered in that super and that is the box the beekeeper then takes off leaving the colony in tact with its own food, brood etc.. Comb/honey in comb is created using a separate super.

Do you chant to your bees? Are they happy bees?
Yes. We join together in a morning mantra. We are always asked if our bees are happy bees. I like to think so as we both need each other for survival. To harm our bees would be to defeat the purpose of beekeeping. We ensure a home, good living conditions, healthy surroundings, food and medical attention when needed. We are rewarded with honey which we share. To take all would be defeating as then there would be none for the bee and we would have to supply all food and nutrients at a hefty cost, also defeating the purpose of beekeeping. Beekeeping is a harmony/zen like kind of endeavour. To be one with nature while at the same time, profit together.

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Comments & Testimonials

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Frequently Asked Questions

 


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

Hello Erika,

Your story is one I enjoyed telling. And your honey has been the best thing ever!! Iíve shared it with as many people as I can and they canít believe the wonderful taste. Thanks for caring for the bees and sharing their reward with all of us. !

Armando V.


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 is KLAUSESBEES HONEY!!!!!

Melba L.


Subject: 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 - feel free to check out our site - www.klausesbees.com/FOTO to actually see the areas - or check our FOOD AND HEALTH segment as well. Thank you again for your query. Come by one of our markets - Monrovia friday night 5-9:30pm would probably be your closest - we are UNDER THE RED TENT at the corner of Walnut and Myrtle, Old Town.
-Erika Wain

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.


Facebook Comment

Klausesbees,

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.

Annie W.


Subject: WOOLY BLUE CURL

Klausesbees,

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.
Sincerley,

Marvin Chang and Family


Subject: Honey!

Dear Klausesbees:

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!

E.Tripp


Subject: Hello (An E-mail from Japan Earthquake Victim)

Dear Klausesbees:

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.

Best regards.
Kimiko Yano


Subject:your honey

Dear Klausesbees:

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.

Cordially,
Sara


Subject: Honey

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,
Patty C.


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! 
Callie


Subject: Klausesbees

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.

Best Regards,
Ken M.
www.landfillart.org


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.

Gary


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/Bennet Honey Farm


Subject: Honey

Hi
We were chatting at the farmerís market at Yamashiro Thursday...... Sorry I couldnít buy any honey from you but I didnít have enough cash with me that day. Hope to come back next time and get some. It was superb.
Yours,

Barry D.


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.
Warmly,

-Paula H.


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.

-Nikki W.


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 in 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 think 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.
 
Susie,
 
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!

Hi,
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 honey before....something about it that hurt my teeth. This honey 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 in 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, I can have my tea and honey without imagining that my teeth will fall out.  

IT'S GOOD STUFF!!!!    
- NJS


Subject: Re: Your fabulous 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. 

Thanks, Klaus!
-Susan


Subject: Honey

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)

Ti Amo,
Grace Rolek (Child Actress) Website:
http://www.gracerolek.com/


Subject: Honey

Been meaning to let you know that I did pick up a jar of your Wildflower honey in Toluca Lake at the Honey 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..

Luv/br


Just bought another jar of honey yesterday. --Hmmmm!

-Better Rae


HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT THANKSGIVING. GOING BACK TO STORE TOMORROW FOR MORE "HONEY" ---
Can't eat any other kind anymore.

-Better Rae

Please send any comments or testimonials to klausebees@yahoo.com