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Every beekeeper wears protective apparel while working with beehives. Some dress in head-to-toe protective clothing, whereas others are minimal. Whether you’re a professional or a novice safely is crucial, otherwise, you’ll get stung frequently. Not to mention, you may already know how painful bee stings are. At times, it can be life-threatening, especially to those who are allergic to bee venom. The best way to avoid bee stings and make your experience pleasant, you need to opt for a proper dress.

Hat and Veil

As a mainstay for every apiarist, veils come in different styles; ranging from round to fencing veils. No matter which one you choose, ensure you get one that offers convenient face protection along with comfort. As veils are made of wire mesh, most of them are lightweight and foldable. However, the round veils are often attached with sombrero; it does not bend easily. Remember that protecting your face is the foremost thing to prevent painful stings.

Jacket

Whenever you dress in heavy pants and boots, it’s fine to wear a jacket rather than dressing in coveralls. You’ll find most jackets incorporated with veils, however, only a few can be unzipped. Always choose one that is made with cotton or polyester textile and carries fencing veil. Furthermore, ensure that the jacket is – and should consist of elastic cuffs, high-quality zippers, and pockets. Not to say, this essential accessory is to protect your upper body.

Gloves

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, gloves are a must-have for you. While thicker gloves provide a higher level of protection, lighter ones allow you to handle a beehive easily. Depending on your comfort, you must choose gloves that are supple and but not cumbersome. Other than that, ensure that you pick extra-long gloves with elastic band cuffs so that there remains no space for bees to sting. Usually, beekeeping gloves are made from leather, plastic or rubber. So depending on your requirement, select a material accordingly.

Pants and Boots

Whenever you’re wearing a jacket and a veil, and not coveralls, it is a good idea to wear some heavy pants. Beekeeping pants usually come in two fabric materials- cotton, and nylon. Furthermore, your pants should consist of elastic bottoms to prevent any bees from sneaking inside. Avoid wearing tight pants and go for loose-fitting ones; never compromise on comfort and ergonomics. When it comes to footwear, always select long and sturdy boots such as wellingtons.

Final Word to Say

Despite the fact that there is a wide variety of beekeeping gear to choose from, you must select attire that provides you with protection and comfort. Keep in mind that bees are attracted to dark colors, so you should always consider cool colors. Do not wear protective clothing that has patterns, particularly floral designs. Besides that, avoid using fragrances, in fact, scented soaps, oils, and lotions can attract bees.

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Preserving: Herbs in Oil

I’ve already discussed the main ways that you all can keep your harvest fresh for months to come but another product of your farm that I haven’t talked about is your herbs. I don’t give them much thought considering most of them grow so fast, but I still think that a proper preservation method should be available to everyone.

Even though it would be magical if you could simply store every kind of herb that comes your way, it’s not really possible. Even if you could do it, it’s impossible to retain the flavor and taste of soft herbs, such as mint and basil, if they’re frozen because they taste best when added fresh. Luckily, you can preserve most hard herbs by freezing them in oil.

If you’re wondering why you can’t just freeze the herbs as they are, it’s due to the burn and loss of flavor that it can cause. Plus, herbs are most commonly used in dishes like soups, roasts, and stews during the winter months, when you can’t really grow them in your garden.

With these dishes, you always need some oil to begin with, so having herb-infused oil to cook vegetables and meat lets the flavor fuse into every ingredient that you use. Now, here’s how you can freeze herbs such as oregano, sage, rosemary, and thyme, in oil.

You’ll need to start by using the freshest herbs available so make sure to use ones that are freshly-picked from your garden. Clean the herbs thoroughly to remove any dirt and then place them on a towel so they dry indoors. Take the herbs and chop them finely if you prefer to. This can help the flavor fuse with the oil better but not to such a great extent. So if you prefer, you can freeze them in leaves with a bit of stem. Or, you can freeze a mix of whole and chopped herbs.

Take an ice cube tray and make sure that it comes with a cover so that it keeps the smell from affecting other items in your freezer. Place herbs in each division and fill them to about two-thirds of the height. Pour oil of your choice, such as olive oil, the extra virgin kind, or neutral canola oil. If you don’t have oil at hand or plan on cooking other kinds of dishes that don’t make use of oil, you can melt unsalted butter and pour it over the herbs. If you don’t have a cover for the frozen herbs, you can cover it with a layer of cling wrap and place the tray in the freezer for the night.

The next day, remove your cubes of oil and herbs and place them in plastic bags. Remember to label what herbs and oil were used on each Ziploc bag, and don’t store them all together to prevent smells and tastes from mixing. This is how you can preserve your hard herbs over the winter. Simply remove as many cubes as needed, and add them to your pan for an instant burst of flavor to your meal. You’re welcome. Happy Farming!


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