It’s halfway through November already, and getting cold and dreary and decidedly fall/winterish around here.
We had a few hard frosts and it even hailed one day. No snow yet, but it sure is getting cold!
On Saturday, my Great Uncle Gaylord invited us up (he lives next door) to have a cider pressing party and boy was it fun! And COLD! I never knew apple cider could be so cold and delicious!
|From left to right: Ellie, Dad, Ethan, Uncle Gaylord and my youngest brother Scotty|
|Dad helping Ethan turn the crank on the press|
|Uncle Gaylord cracking jokes. 🙂|
You put apples into the hopper of the cider press and turn the wheel and it shreds up the apples into a kind of pulpy mess. That falls down into a pressing crate thingy (see how much I know about cider pressing?) and when it’s full you slide it over to the press. You put a lid on the pressing crate and then turn the crank to exert pressure onto the crate, which squeezes the cider out into a canning pot.
What did we do with the leftover smashed apples? Feed it to the cows, of course!
Once the cider was pressed out of the apple bits, we took the pressing crate over and pounded the top out of it, letting the apples fall into a wheelbarrow.
|My brother, Brian, pounding out the lid and the apple bits into the wheelbarrow|
Then we dumped the apple bits in the cow field and let the girls have a nice little treat. The kids loved having the cows so close! The cows weren’t as excited as the kids. 😉
I’ll be back tomorrow and Saturday with some recipes – it’s been a while since I posted any so I’m giving you two- Squash Enchiladas and then Apple Cider Pumpkin Spice muffins!
Have a fabulous Thursday.