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….
Randy and I were invited to the annual Pentwater Cider pressing extravaganza by our Irish/American friends, Deirdre and Adam…
By golly, I’ve never experienced anything like it….
20 bushels of apples, all different varieties, all needing to be sorted/combined…
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…..
Adam’s in charge of the pressing….
He does a great job! Look!….
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…..
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!
Chirsty and Chris are old hats when it comes to pressing…..
but what about the cats?
Okay, so there weren’t any cats involved…..
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?
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!! …..