On Tuesday we picked up the apple grinder and juice press. We've never done this before so it was definitely a learning experience. The grinder apparatus looks like a torture machine. The blades are really sharp and there are no safety guards (Monkey was banned from the vicinity).
The first time we filled the grinder it didn't work. Lesson #1: If there are too many apples in the grinder the blades won't spin.
So we dumped the apples out.
And tried again, but the blades still got stuck. Lesson #2: Don't get the machine belt wet when rinsing off before use.
Once the grinder finally started grinding, the mash was collected in a tub below.
When there was enough mash it was then dumped into the apples press.
And pressed into delicious apple juice.
The grinding and pressing went on for four hours and was hard work.
We ended up with eight four-gallon pails of juice. That's 32 gallons (121 L) of apple juice!
Oh yes, and we did this all on Hubby's birthday - Happy Birthday Handsome!