Survival and Homesteading Skill of the Week: Make Your Own Apple Cider!

Cider press grinder.
Grinding teeth on cider press for making apple cider or perry.

Autumn brings brilliantly colored leaves, crisp night air, and cider and donuts!


Now, I don’t know how to make donuts, but making cider is ‘depressing!’

Get it?

Cider press, ‘de-press.’

Ok, enough of the bad puns.

Making cider is relatively easy:

1.) Buy apples, collect apples, or otherwise ‘obtain’ apples.

Two wild apples on the tree.
Wild apples on the tree, waiting to be picked.

2.) Wash apples.

Wild apples for making cider.
Teenage girl preparing to clean wild apples to be made into apple cider.

3.) Place apples into grinder on cider press.

Cider press grinder.
Grinding teeth on cider press for making apple cider or perry.

 4.) Crank the wheel and grind apples into ‘pomace’.

Cider press wheel
Cider press grinding wheel. Crank it and watch the apples turn to pomace!

 5.) Turn screw to press cider out of apple pomace.  (Be sure to have the apple pomace wrapped in a bag or in cheesecloth, or you’ll have some pulpy cider!)

Apple cider press
Antique single barrel cider press used to make fresh cider in the fall.

6.) Drink fresh cider! (Um, that is, if you remembered to put the container under the spout–if you forgot, now is the time to clean up the spill!)

Don’t have a cider press?

To expense to purchase one?

Why not build one yourself?

Purchase Herrick Kimball’s Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Apple Grinder & Cider Press!

Alright, I suppose that some of you cannot, or will not, make your own homemade apple cider!

Why not visit a local cider mill and see what you are missing?

Click here for a link to Southeastern Michigan Cider Mills.

 

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