Apple Press

Posted By on August 24, 2013

Last Sunday I was stopped at church and asked by one of our very respected church members whether I had any apple trees. I was happy to say that yes, I did, but that I thought the apples were small and I wasn’t sure how many I had. Last year I had very few apples and the hornets ate most of what I had because I was so intimidated by them. So after church I sent the boys out with the picker while I mowed the pasture. They got a LOT of apples but they said that there were still more but the bees were scaring them off. I believed them since last years bees were so aggressive. The next morning I went out to pick the rest of the apples because I did not have any clients due that day and I was shocked at the number of apples still on the trees! We had a bumper crop of apples this year. I picked until I ran out of buckets and then I promptly called the gentleman that had asked me about the apples. The reason he wanted to know? ….he has an apple press and was looking to find it a new home!

Jacob working hard

Jacob working hard

We picked it up this afternoon and Jacob and I just had to try it out.

After the apples were crushed

After the apples were crushed

It wasn’t as hard to use as I thought it was going to be.

Pressing the mash

Pressing the mash

Squeeze!

Squeeze!

We processed a five gallon bucket of apples and filled the press and after we squeezed all the juice out we had an “apple cake” in the press 1/3 the size. This was the pulp left after pressing. I wish I had taken a picture of “the cake” but we gave it to the cows. They ate every bit. Now we have one gallon of delicious juice.

yumm.

yumm.

I can’t wait to share my nectar with my benefactor. Thank you sir!
Now I only have 90 more pounds to go.
Y’all come back now!

About the author

I am a work at home Mom of two of the best boys ever. I am a Nationally Certified Master Groomer and have been grooming out of my home for the last 12 years. We have recently moved to Greenbrier Tn on 27 acres. We are new to the "homesteading thing" but we are excited to learn. We hope to be filling our farm with many critters and a garden. We are homeschoolers so everything is a unit study to us. It has been fun to see the boys help Dad cut firewood. We will also be learning how to build a chicken coop in the near future as well. I have been making handcrafted soap lately as well and I am seeing an improvement in that business as well. It is all natural vegetable and goat milk based soaps. Can't wait to share this experience with everyone.

Comments

2 Responses to “Apple Press”

  1. Elaine says:

    Jacob found out that the only thing that makes it apple juice is straining, pasturising, and adding water. It is cider in it’s natural state. Unless you want hard cider. Maybe if I make it you will come…

  2. Grammy says:

    How soon will it be cider? Want to know when to schedule a visit!