Hand-pressed Apple Cider
This year was our second year (not consecutively) pressing our own cider. While B was in town, we stopped by Wild Hare Organic Farm to inquire if we could press our own cider.
We were in luck! $ 10 bought us one gallon of hand-pressed cider. Now we were off to fill one 5 gallon bucket with apples that we will chop and press into cider.
There are tons of apples to choose from. TONS. The more variety you have in your apples, the more variety you will have in the taste of your cider.
The next step in the process is to wash your apples. This is a quick rinse to get any leaves, gunk from a dented neighbor apple or the opportunity to identify a game changing blemish.
Seriously, washing 5 gallons of apples takes a bit of time…which I guess is good because the unlisted next step is -> Waiting
The last year we were here to press cider, they had the option of the automatic chopper and the hand chopper. Our friends chose the hand chopper.
Like the auto chopper, you toss in apples one by one. With the hand chopper, you are spinning a wheel that turn the blades and chopping away. Pretty labor intensive.
We were only able to use the auto chopper but took turns tossing those clean apples in.
All those chopped apples get slid down to the press and we crank down the press to reveal the delicious apple juice!
Have you ever tried fresh, hand pressed apple cider?