Thursday, September 9, 2010

Making Apple Juice

We picked apples almost every day last week. Our garage was full of boxes and bags of apples and the whole place smelled of apple. Initially we thought there was about 300lbs of apples, but I think it was closer to 500lbs.


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!

5 comments:

  1. Is it sad that I worry about you when you haven't blogged for 3 days? You can't leave me hanging like this! :)

    I can't wait to try your apple juice, it looks so yummy!!

    Crazy lady. ;)

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  2. It's almost like making wine at home, but definitely more fun for the kids. This way they actually have something to look forward to!

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  3. That is amazing!! I've haven't been by your blog for a bit and I missed so much. I can't believe you got free apples! I love making apple butter, it's my favorite spread. When I lived on a farm we had plenty of apples in the fall, but now I'd have to go pick from farms that charge you way too much for the privilege.

    How do you plan on storing the juice? I just think that's amazing...wow...

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  4. Wow Josee! How much fun :) I'm also curious about how you will be storing it.

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  5. yummm! awesome - and to be honest, it looks kinda fun! where'd you get the grinder and press?

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