Need to juice apples? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

It looks like there will be lots of apples this fall. I would like to juice some for cidar. Any ideas for home made press/juicer? Lots of fruit, means hard cold winter.

-- && (&&@&&.&), July 25, 1999


Consider applesauce instead- it can be canned, dried, frozen (in ice cube trays!) and is much more usable in cooking- as a fat substitute etc in cakes, breads. Preparation is much less expensive/complicated wash the apples, core and de-stem them and cook em down in any random pot/kettle. I've even got a friend who lives in a small apartment who buys the biggest bags of apples when on sale and uses her CROCKPOT to cook them down while she's at work. YES- you CAN ferment applesauce too- I guess the question is, do you want to use the apples up QUICKLY- what are you planning to use the pressings for, and how are you going to preserve the cider once you invest in press etc? For a juicer- try Lehman's Hardware in Kidron, OH- Tari

-- Chuck's wife (, July 25, 1999.

-- && (&&@&&.&) :

Only one thing that I can't agree with. Lots of fruit doesn't mean a long cold winter; it means that we've had a nice, uniform, warm spring. For most apples, I would make apple sauce or canned, spiced apples. If you want apple juice or cider, I would buy it from a commerical producer. It is cheaper. If you want to make your own [for whatever reason], I would do what my greatest grandfather did 300y ago: Buy a press from someone who knows how to make one. That thing still works, but I'm not sure I would drink what it produces. It makes a great decoration.

Best wishes,


-- Z1X4Y7 (, July 25, 1999.

Dear &&&&&&,

Couldn't believe what I was reading !We actually have an old cider press for sale but it weighs over a ton & is in the UK.It is the most awkward SOB you can imagine.Nobody in their right mind would want the thing!We used it for pressing the water out of newly made paper so we have a rough idea what pressures are involved in cider making.

If you can rig up some kind of press housing an ordinary car jack will probably be capable of doing the job.

The homemade cider in Somerset(which is called Scrumpy) is so potent you can get drunk on 1/4 pint.Scrumpy is made from the windfalls.Wasps, bones, mouldy bits etc all go in the mix but they do use special cider making apples.

Couldn't you make apple wine instead ???

-- a merry (, July 26, 1999.

The easy way to process apples is to dry them. They are wonderful in oatmeal, cookies, muffins, or to eat plain. To make applesauce, just cook in water and add sugar. Add water and make an aapple pie. I have lot's of jars of dried apples. The only problem is I have to hide them or the kids will eat them.

-- Homeschooling Grandma (, July 26, 1999.

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