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Virginia cider, flavored by early America

Pressing on: Ye Olde Cider

Happy Valley Ranch apple press - cider making 2012
Taking a break from the horses, we harvested more than 400 pounds of apples this year, and pressed about 25 gallons of juice. Friends from the community joined us for a day of camaraderie and community food preservation. The apples are first washed via spraying in a cage. Next, any bad spots are cut out and discarded. The apples are dumped into the Happy Valley Ranch apple press, and ground up. The grindings are then pressed, and the juice runs out into a stainless steel pot. We used the tractor to cart away the leavings to the kitchen compost pile, and fed some to the goats. (No, we did not feed the leavings to the horses. Their stomachs and physiology are too sensitive to handle a load of apple leavings.) A big press like this model is the only way to go when it comes to pressing apples. Don't bother with the small stuff.

Cider pressing - many hands make small work.

Our apple-washing cage - part of the harvest waits for a cleansing spray.