|Dad's slick new set-up for grinding the apples|
It really turned the apples into smoosh, but it took quite a bit of work for the disposal to chop through the big apples. Next time we do more apples, we're going to run the apples through Dad's original apple chopper for his cider press, then we're going to run them through the disposal. It shoudl be a lot quicker, even though we're adding a step.
Dad called to tell me that he was tired. Fixit and I were there for 3 hours this morning, and I was tired, too.
|Mom getting ready to wash some apples so we can quarter them|
|The hydraulic press to squeeze the cider from the apple mash|
|Dad adding the freshly waxed pressing boards|
|Layer the muslin wrapped around apple mash and the pressing boards|
We were only able to be there for about 3 hours this morning and it was the first time that we were trying the disposal, so we were working out the getting started kinks. We still managed to get through about 4 5-gallon pails of apples. We used a blend of varieties of apples; the more types of apples, the smoother your cider is. Single varietal cider is pretty harsh. By the time that Fixit and I had to leave, we had gotten about 4 gallons of cider. In past years, we would have had about 2 gallons. So, it did take longer, but our yield was a lot better. With the changes we're going to make, it should really move next time.
I sure hope so, since we have about 37 buckets of apples to go through, yet!
|Fixit threatening to run us all over in the garage|