Pressed for apples
It’s taken nearly a decade, countless hours of design and building, weeks of saving milk jugs, and wheelbarrows of neighbors’ apples, but we have finally have our own fresh apple cider.
This was far easier than the alternative. No, going to the store and buying cider was not even an option. Sit down to hear about our “alternative” method we tried during a trial run last year.
The “trial run” was very manual – requiring us to cut every apple to fit in our food processor, which only held 3 cups. Then after collecting about 3 gallons of pulp (this required several dozen batches of food processing), we used the car jack and a block of wood on the frame of our garage to compress the apples in a 5 gallon bucket. The bucket was fitted with a paint strainer and my husband had drilled holes in the bucket to drain the cider into a tote. We then had to funnel the contents of the tote into the jugs. Since my husband had been wanting to do for years, several of the jugs leaked after sitting in the attic for years! Doesn’t that sound fun? We shockingly did not burn out the food processor motor enroute to making 13 gallons of cider.
This year, we have a scratter to grind the apples and a press (not a guillotine) to squeeze out the delicious golden drink. Altogether we made 25 gallons of cider with this improved process.
Recipe: One wheelbarrow of apples = about 5 gallons of cider! Yum!