Hivelights March 2017

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights March 2017

After a weather roller coaster in February we’re just hoping that March has more consistency. What do those wild temperature fluctuations do to the bees? If it’s only for a few days in a row, warm days near 10C are helpful – the bees get out for a cleansing flight and some fresh air. However too many warm days (three or more) will trigger them to start foraging. As we know – there’s no flowers, nectar or pollen in Alberta in February or March so valuable honey supplies are used up in the search with no reward....

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Mead Matters March 2017

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters March 2017

  Another batch of Black & Blue is in progress and this week saw the addition hundreds of  pounds of black currants. Our black currants are from Kayben Farm – only a few miles away. The nest addition will be blueberries from BC. In our melomels (mead with fruit) we try to use local sources whenever we can. Now if only we could find a supply of Alberta blueberries!  The most difficult part for Chinook Arch Meadery staff is the regular tasting that must be done in order to assist Mazer Art in deciding exactly when the mead is...

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Hivelights February 2017

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights February 2017

Winter seems to be the time when humans want to cleanse – their homes, their bodies – anything with accumulated muck or clutter. Honey bees are no different. Since they don’t hibernate, the warm temperatures we had a few weeks ago got them in the mood to cleanse. The most obvious cleaning is to rid the hive of debris – wax, dead bees – anytime the temperatures near 10°C the housecleaning bees start pushing garbage out the door. At the same time their sisters are continuously streaming outside for a...

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Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Chocolate Ganache Truffles

 Chocolate Ganache Truffles  INGREDIENTS Chilled Chocolate Ganache Shredded Coconut INSTRUCTIONS Chill a plate in the fridge for about 10min. Keep the plate in the fridge until needed. Pour shredded coconut on a different plate and set aside for later. Take the chilled plate out of the fridge and scoop 2 tsp (10mL) of chocolate ganache onto it. Continue while leaving space between the chocolate so the scooped piles do not touch. Pick up one of the scooped piles of chocolate and roll it into an even ball shape then set it back on the plate....

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Strawberry Honey Mascarpone Tart

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Strawberry Honey Mascarpone Tart

Mascarpone has a rich and buttery constancy that is perfect for desserts. Mascarpone can usually be found in grocery stores but can be made at home if you plan a day ahead. If you are short on time see Tip #2 for a substitution. Tip 1: Keeping Berries Fresh (from reader Charlotte Fitch) 2 tbsp Vinegar Bowl of Water Berries Put vinegar in the bowl of water and stir. Put berries in the water and let soak 10-15min. Dry and store Tip 2: Mascarpone substitute 16ounces (453g) cream cheese 1⁄3cup (78mL) sour cream 1⁄4cup (60g) heavy whipping cream...

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Horde at the Hive Vendor Application

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Horde at the Hive Vendor Application

Horde at the Hive is an annual event held at Chinook Honey Company. During this weekend, visitors can learn all about the world of vikings, sample mead, and more! This years event will be held on May 13th and 14th, 2017, 10AM-5PM. We accept a wide variety of vendors; including food trucks, artisan crafts, and more. If you are interested in joining us as a vendor, please fill out the form below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. The deadline for vendor applications is April 27th. Use the tag #HordeAtTheHive on your social media...

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Hivelights Jan 2017

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights Jan 2017

Our outdoor hives are buried in snow, nicely insulated from our recent extreme cold. Inside those hives the bees are tightly clustered to keep warm. However, our store observation hive is behaving quite differently. We’ve been feeding them supplemental honey regularly and it seems this has inspired the queen. The day before Christmas we spotted her laying eggs; shortly after there were capped brood and now we have young new bees throughout the hive. This is not normal, but it’s a welcome boost to the hive population as we get...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Cranachan

Ingredients: 2 tbsp (30 mL) Oats 300g (2/3 pound) Raspberries Honey to Taste 350ml (1 ½ cup) 35% Whipping Cream 2 Tbsp(30mL) Alberta Multi Floral Honey 2 tbsp (30 mL) Scotch Whiskey Directions: Spread the oats on a baking sheet and bake until it lets off a nutty aroma. Let cool. Take half of the raspberries and press in a sieve to create a puree. Sweeten the puree to taste with honey. Whisk the honey and whiskey into the whipping cream. Add more or less to taste. Stir oats into the whipping cream mixture. Put into 4 serving dishes while...

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Christmas at the Hive 2016

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Events | Comments Off on Christmas at the Hive 2016

Christmas at the Hive on December the 3rd and 10th were both massive successes despite the cold spell that settled over our area. Even when it started to snow, countless people braved the weather in order to enjoy making Cheesy Honey Taffy, Snow Candles, s’mores and more. Luckily for them we had two large fires to gather around, honey hot chocolate, mulled mead, and also indoor activities to keep everyone feeling nice and warm. Thank you to everyone who came for a visit, and we hope to see you all again next year! To keep a watch for...

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Christmas Mead Sangria- Mead Matters – Dec 2016

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Christmas Mead Sangria- Mead Matters – Dec 2016

  Christmas Mead Sangria Ingredients 2 750 ( 3 1/4 cups) ml King Arthur’s Dry 1 pomegranate 2 oranges, sliced thin 6 ounces (168 g) cranberries, about 1 1/2 cups 1 cup (240 mL) pomegranate juice 2 cups (475 mL) ginger ale, or club soda for a less sweet version Directions In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, pomegranate arils, orange slices, cranberries and pomegranate juice. Chill for at least one hour. Stir in the ginger ale and...

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