Apple Cider

Our farm is lucky to have a number of old apple trees, which had been left to grow tall and wild and each year they gave us hundreds of small, gnarly apples. Not really knowing much about fruit trees we pruned them heavily, in the hope that they would start to bear fewer but larger apples for us. Each spring we  prune them and try to bring them back into shape and they are now producing some quite decent apples. 

That leads us to the next quandary – how to store them. A few years ago, a group of like minded friends in our local community grouped together to purchase an apple press and so we now have the ability to turn the apples into a sweet nectar full of apple goodness, to be enjoyed throughout the year.

First collect your apples. A mix of apples from several trees will give the best results.

Put the apples through the grinder and transfer to the press. Apply the pressure and watch the liquid pour out!

The juice is bottled and frozen which will retain all the goodness of the apples. During the cold winter months we will be able to pull it out and warm it on the wood stove with a few spices. We will then sip it by the fire, watching the snow flying outside the window and start making plans for next summer!

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4 Responses to Apple Cider

  1. df says:

    Bringing back to life a long neglected apple orchard with varieties we can’t even identify is one of the tasks we took on when we moved to our patch of land. I absolutely loved reading this and it gave me hope!

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    • Jane says:

      It’s a long process – we started by taking huge pieces off with a chainsaw! That brought them back to a more manageable size, but then of course there are hundreds of water shoots to deal with each year! Anyway, after 5 years we are now getting a decent crop of apples.

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