apples, apples, apples ~ macs, galas, honey crisp, pink ladies, red delicious….
Have you ever made apple cider? I haven’t until now, and I’m not sure I can even claim to have made it at this point, though I did wash a few fruit….
christy and me washing, washing, washing apples….
Randy and I were invited to the annual Pentwater Cider pressing extravaganza by our Irish/American friends, Deirdre and Adam…
whoopee!, aren’t they cute? deirdre ~ irish, adam ~ michigander …. aren’t they the best?! i just love them!
By golly, I’ve never experienced anything like it….
20 bushels of apples, all different varieties, all needing to be sorted/combined…
my randy and ireland’s best -loved-citizen deirdre, sorting/combing apples
After sorting, or combining, or whatever we did, the apples then had to be washed (or “warshed”, as my grandpa would say). Once the happy apples have been sorted/combined and washed they have to be crushed, smushed, chopped and grated…..
That’s what the above machine does. Like a wood chipper, it pares the apples down to a manageable, smush-able, crushable, press-able size…..
nobody does it better…
Adam’s in charge of the pressing….
He does a great job! Look!….
ohhhhhh, yummmmmm… golden goodness….
Does that cylinder look familiar? It’s a washing machine drum/ cum cider press. Stainless steel…. what could be more sanitary?
It takes but a few moments from apple to cider…..
filter, filter, filter…..
The cider has to be filtered before consumption….. See that guy holding the funnel? He’s the one that created every single bit of cider-pressing machinery, from wood chipper/ cum apple chipper to washing machine drum/ cum apple press, all these discarded/found objects (sterilized thoroughly first, of course…. right?!) are the vision of one really creative mind. I don’t think I could ever look at a washing machine or a wood chipper as anything but a washing machine and a wood chipper, but he has the apple cider vision!! So, with all this genius, what do we get???
Ooodles. I mean, oodles of Cider! Bring On The Doughnuts!
christy and chris…. absolutely essential to the process… no cider without C and C!
Chirsty and Chris are old hats when it comes to pressing…..
but what about the cats?
Okay, so there weren’t any cats involved…..
“what? no cats?” ~ ellis
“no cats??? look at me! i’m sitting in a sink ~ who else could do this?” ~ otis
“no cats? not a single cat? what is UP with that?????” ~ lilly
I know, I know, I’m sorry… but there were DOGS assisting… and while DOGS aren’t CATS, they do have something to offer… right?
“u betcha!” ~rosco and molly
“are you kidding me…. cats??? what’s a cat??? a cat could never press ANYTHING!” ~suki
Regardless of cats or dogs, Randy and I had the time of our lives, and can’t wait until next year!!
Cider and doughnuts??? Yummmmm! Bring. It. On!! …..