Posted By Elaine 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!
We picked it up this afternoon and Jacob and I just had to try it out.
It wasn’t as hard to use as I thought it was going to be.
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.
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!