Monday, August 24, 2009
Our First Batch of Cider
Bless the gentle apple. In spite of a hot, dry summer the Discovery apple tree has yielded a bounty of juicy, delicious fruit. This heritage variety has delicate pink flesh.
But we're not the only ones after the apples. Here's our resident woodpecker at his mischief. What he does is peck a hole in the fruit - not to eat it but to attract bugs, which he returns to dine on later.
I picked a wheelbarrow full in about half an hour.
We chipped the apples an an electric fruit crusher, then filled the press. It went easily at first but took a lot of effort to get the last litre. Thank you, Archimedes, for that useful screw idea.
Enjoying the incredible tangy, sweet taste of fresh cider
We got only about 12 litres of cider from all those apples. It took about 3 hours in all - pleasant work, but still...It really makes me rethink my nonchalance about the rows and rows of bottles of juice I see in the grocery store.