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Hivelights April 2017

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights April 2017

It would seem spring is here to stay and we’ve had a chance to do our preliminary hive inspections. Although the bee activity around our Honey House has seemed normal, such was not the case at our hives further afield. We have experienced higher than normal honey bee losses this spring and so far we are still trying to pin down the reason. There are indications that we’re not alone – other Alberta beekeepers are also facing severe winter losses this year- we’ll hopefully know more by next month. Our surviving bees have been...

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Honey Berry Cream Crepes

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Honey Berry Cream Crepes

Ingredients: 2 cups (475 mL) Skim Milk 1 cup (120 g) All-Purpose Flour 2 Egg Whites 1 Egg 1 tbsp (15 mL) Chinook Honey (liquid) 1 tbsp (15 mL) Vegetable Oil 1/8 tsp (0.71 g) Salt For the Filling: Berries of Choice 1 Cup (475 mL) Whipping Cream 2 tbsp (30 mL)  Chinook Honey (liquid) 1/2 tsp (3.5 mL) vanilla Drizzle On Top: 1 tsp Chinook Honey per crepe Directions Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Heat an 8-inch oiled skillet over medium-high heat.  Spoon 3 tbsp (45 mL) of the crepe batter into the skillet and tilt and rotate the...

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Jump into Spring Mead Cocktail Recipe

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Jump into Spring Mead Cocktail Recipe

Jump Into Spring With our newest mead cocktail. We also have more mead recipes on our cocktail page. Ingredients: 1oz Gin 1 oz Bodacious Black Currant Mead 1/2 oz Triple sec 1 Lemon Twist Directions: Shake over ice, pour into your cup, garnish with the lemon twist....

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Colouring Contest

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Colouring Contest

  Have a little artist in your family? In our colouring contest anyone under the age of 12 can use their artistic abilities to enter for a chance to win a prize! To enter print and colour the page, and either snap a photo and send using the form below or bring it into the store for us to see. The deadline for entries is April 17, 2017, and winners will be called or e-mailed soon after then. Contestants must be able to drive to our location to pick up prizes; we can not ship them to your home. There are two age groups for prizes, 6 and...

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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 30th. Use the tag #HordeAtTheHive on your social media...

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