So jump ahead a month from our lovely and impulsive drive to Keswick, Ontario. We bought our amazing press from an Italian wine maker with a killer vegetable garden and now we’re at the farm. Sigh. The farm and its amazing apple trees that are having an amazing season in Prince Edward County. Sigh.
Two days before cider pressing day, piles of gorgeous crab apples showed up from our old Leslieville dog park friend Susan.
Then the organic cranberries went on sale post Thanksgiving. So I bought 8 pounds. Now we’re on to something.
So many apples. 6 bushels went towards cider, so 250 pounds in all.
Honestly, we didn’t have a clue what we were are doing despite two months of research now and a bad test run in September.
After a ton of trouble shooting, we have the first real flow of cider!
Another mistake I made was that I had froze some chopped apples to protect them from the beasts. The cold is supposed to help with the taste but they really needed to thaw before we pressed them, Frozen apples turn into hard masses that are colder than the universe when you press them. It’s dreadful.
And a good time was had by all!