We had the most lovely fall apple pressing last weekend. Although the big parties can be fun, we also enjoy keeping it small some years with just a few neighbors and the awesome press we’ve had forever. It’s one of my favorite fall activities.
It has a motor that grinds the apples so our almost five year old helper can jump right in.
And he really is a big help. Thanks Max!
We filter it and pour it in jugs. My neighbors will put it in a couple of carboys and can it. I’ve not had the gumption to take it that next step and usually end up freezing it in gallon jugs and half gallon ball jars. Canning is nice though as you aren’t taking up freezer space and you don’t have to wait for it to thaw. The best though is what we drink straight away. Next year I’d like to do some hard cider… intentionally. Not the kind you just don’t drink and it sits in the fridge till it’s carbonated.
As a reminder for next year, we need:
Apple press washed and out-( Wiped down with a diluted bleach solution and dried)
Plenty of apples picked in the days before
1-2 bins for washing apples
A couple big bowls/ pots for receptacles
Plenty of plastic jugs and recycled glass jars, carboys etc
A couple of strainers
A large funnel or two
Tarp for pulp
I laugh, as every year I think really this isn’t that much to remember. But at this point it is. So next year I will literally be referring back to this post and not sitting there with a big bowl of juice saying, oh crap where’s the strainer? Being prepared vs remembering things as the need arises:)
We put the pulp out on a tarp for the fauna to take care of…
We pressed a good thirty gallons in under three hours. The apples were picked a few days earlier so that time isn’t included. We threw in some Asian pears in a couple gallons and it was soft, subtly sweet and delicious.
Then kaffee kuchen…
Sitting on the porch chatting, eating apple quince crumb cake and drinking coffee with sugar and plenty of cream. Life is good. And next year will be even better when O is here for full time island life!
PS… Next up: that crumb cake:) mmmmm
PPS… I’m flying to Germany tomorrow to visit O. Can’t wait to see my guy and to eat raw meat open faced sandwiches and Mandelhoernchen!