Review: Harvest Fruit and Wine Press - TSM Products
My experience of "Apple Day" in Autumn, and an Apple Press for you to see and, perhaps, to buy
Apples grow well in England, where I live, and, as I love the outdoors, gardening and various crafts and community events, I have attended autumn "Apple Day" events for the last four years, always held in late October, which is harvest time for apples.
I meet old friends with similar interests, and love the apple tasting, apple-related crafts, delicious and varied apple cakes on sale, and, most of all, the fresh apple juice which comes from the community apple press which is brought into the community hall every year.
The apple press is worked by enthusiasts on the spot, so that people can see how they cut up the apples, collect the apple pieces into a container, and feed them through the fruit press, screwing round the metal handle to crush the apples and produce wonderful smelling fresh apple juice, which trickles out of the press at the bottom and into a bowl or jug placed under the outlet.
It's such fun to watch the container filling up with the apple juice, and queuing up to get a plastic cup of the purest, freshest apple juice imaginable.....and even come back for more. That, for me, is the highlight of Apple Day.
In autumn 2013, I took some photographs, which you will see below, showing the joint effort of the apple pressers as they fill the machine and exert pressure on the apples to produce the juice which is shown in some of the pictures.
The apple press is a bit expensive if you are just intending to dabble in producing apple juice, but is brilliant for small communities who could share it, or for serious apple juice production. There are several apple presses on Amazon, and I have chosen the one you see because it is most like the one I have seen in use, and I therefore feel more qualified to talk about it.
Videos to show you what it's like to use an Apple Press
Here are some videos about pressing apples, how to make apple cider, and even one about an apple picking machine, which would certainly be useful if you have an apple orchard.
Weston Fruit and Wine Press
How to Crush and press fruit to extract juice using an Apple Press
DIY Homemade Cider Press
Apple Cider Press - How to Make Apple Cider
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How to Make Apple Juice Using a Fruit Press
If you need information on how to make cider, below are two helpful books on the craft of cider making:
Paperback book with 36 good reviews, averaging 4 stars.
This book tells you how to filter, rack and store and covers various types of cider including sparkling cider
See my other reviews of good gadgets:
Hardcover, 12 good reviews averaging 41/2 stars.
This book gives you an In-depth look at the history and mechanics of cider making, by an engineer who is passionate about his subject of cider making