Homemade Apple Cider, Yes, its that time of he year.

The friendliest place on the web for anyone that enjoys cooking.
If you have answers, please help by responding to the unanswered posts.

larry_stewart

Master Chef
Joined
Dec 25, 2006
Messages
5,215
Location
Long Island, New York
For decades my family has been making apple cider, its kind of a welcoming fall tradition. My parents bought a hand cranked cider press. We ( the kids, grand kids and my parents ) would all go out east to pick apples from a local orchard. In addition we would throw a few of the crappy apples from our tree. All the kids ( and some adults) would take part in loading the apples and cranking the press.

My parents have since moved into a home where they couldn't keep the press, so I inherited it. We kept the tradition going with my immediate family. Now that the kids are out of country/ state, me and my wife made it a 2 'man' project.

This past week we picked aa half a bushel of apples and went to town. Unfortunately, due to the drought, our apple trees didn't produce, so we had to rely 100% on apples picked from out east. None the less, the cider came out great. We used to use the pressed scraps to make homemade apple cider vinegar and to feed the chickens, but we lost our last chicken a few months ago to a raccoon, so looks like Ill be making a lot of vinegar this year.
 

Attachments

  • Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.39 AM.jpg
    Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.39 AM.jpg
    61.6 KB · Views: 18
  • Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.27 AM.jpg
    Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.27 AM.jpg
    92.7 KB · Views: 13
  • Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.18 AM.jpg
    Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.18 AM.jpg
    53.2 KB · Views: 10
  • Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.02 AM.jpg
    Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.39.02 AM.jpg
    74.9 KB · Views: 10
  • Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.38.40 AM.jpg
    Screen Shot 2022-09-06 at 6.38.40 AM.jpg
    112.3 KB · Views: 13

dragnlaw

Site Team
Staff member
Joined
Feb 16, 2013
Messages
7,553
Location
Waterdown, Ontario
Larry, you just have to take a jug of cider, add a bit of yeast, cork it*, stuff it under the staircase at the cottage.

ahhh, the memories!

Biggest problem making it was keeping it hidden from our parents. (but I think they really knew) It was always done at our place as we were the only ones that had a staircase.

*can't remember what we "corked" it with. Wasn't a real cork, that would have exploded... :rolleyes:

Really think you should get another chicken, so helpful with scraps and bugs... and eggs (well, at least for you)
 

JohnDB

Cook
Joined
Oct 12, 2022
Messages
76
Location
Nashville tn
Reminds me of my youth when we would go to the Simms Fruit Ranch and get apples and cider.

Good times!
Great way to keep the traditions alive!
 

dragnlaw

Site Team
Staff member
Joined
Feb 16, 2013
Messages
7,553
Location
Waterdown, Ontario
bliss, in rereading this Thread, realizing you must have been commenting to Larry! How funny my comment after must have been. LOL!
 

Aunt Bea

Master Chef
Joined
Mar 14, 2011
Messages
7,726
Location
near Mount Pilot
One of my favorite fall treats!
13607.jpg
 
Top Bottom