Apple Pressing

Apple pressing

Apple pressing

We had a great day yesterday pressing apples and pears ready for cidermaking. Once again with 2 presses in use we struggled to keep up them – the scratter (that pulps the apples before pressing) is quite temperamental and doesn’t like being over filled – Annette is busy bodging the apples down with a custom made tool! This years innovation was to use a colander to get the apples out of the washing barrel.

It is definitely a social activity with even my guests having a go! And a great time to catch up with old friends who always come to join in – Dick was very proud of his speciality cider apples – blagged from a farmer near his home – until he looked at those John had picked locally and saw they were just the same!