Apple Squeezin' Time . . .

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I'm really a week late getting this done.. I'm actually sitting in a rest area, on the way to Golden Spike getting my writing caught up...

Thursday found me driving to Yakima WA to get apples for the family apple squeeze.... Years ago Connie's dad grabbed some left over stainless from a paper mill and made a really nice mechanical apple press. He formed a screen (1/16" diameter holes) into a cylinder about 12" in diameter and 36" tall and then built a stainless stand for the cylinder... this was the start of apple squeezing each fall... on 2 or 3 occasions my son Jay helped grandpa make apple cider and apple jack and later when grandpa could no longer use the press he gave it to Jay.. So in the past 8 years we've squeezed apples 7 of those in the fall...

This year brought a change in that the apple orchard who had supplied apples in the past has been replaced by a winery so we went to other family in the Yakima Valley who have apples...

Connie was grounded from a recent fall and could not accompany me this trip . . . With an accident on the highway I was late getting into Bill & Lucy's place.. In all the years we'd been to his mom and dad's place, on the same lane mile farther up the lane, I'd never been to their house... I spent the night and the following morning Bill and I went and picked up apples.. We picked up 2 totes, total of 1500 lbs of apples...

The drive back to Walla Walla was uneventful but when I got to Jay's house the action started... he had pulled out all the gear, had it washed and rinsed with bleach to get all the surfaces clean...

We used a new tool this year to slice the apples before the chopping operation.. The idea was to slice them, chop them into tiny pieces... about 3/8" x " so that we could put the pieces in the press and press out all the juice...

We started out with my son, his wife, 2 daughters and myself and worked to get the rhythm of the actions down so that it would be simple to work through the 1500 lbs when the help showed up on Sat. a.m. We pressed maybe a 5 gal bucket of juice and as it got dark we put stuff away and cleaned up...

The following morning (Sat) we started out in earnest to get through the 2 totes of apples.... We do this in his front yard as this allows the best drainage for the cleaning process... the help showed up and we got started... by 1:00 we were all famished and Tayla went inside and made us tuna sandwiches from some of the fresh tuna we brought home from the beach and canned.... That I'm afraid is another blog...

You can see the apple press in one of the photo's, it used to have a 2 ton bottle jack to press the apples but we found that 2 ton wasn't enough pressure... we've installed a 10 ton ram off a portapower to allow for several squeezes and more juice from the same pulp....

During the day we had a bunch of kids want to sample the juice or get a free apple and we offered them a trade, in that they helped and could sample the juice... not one was willing to take advantage.. work must be a 4 letter word... of all the adults who either stopped or walked by we had only 2 offer to help for a sample... one gal stayed over an hour and had a full 16 oz glass, and we warned her that after 8 oz or so it has the ability to do a great job cleaning your body out if you're not used to it....

By the end of the day we'd turned 1500 lbs of apples into 60 gallons of juice and at least 750 lbs of pulp... we were all tired and as I climbed into the shower for the second time that day I noticed how my body was coated with drops of dried apples and juice from the day's work... as soon as the water hit me it was like using an apple scented shampoo or soap..

Sunday I was up early and loaded with the empty totes, 15 gallons of juice and maybe 150 lbs of pulp... and the 3 hour drive home...

Sunday afternoon and part of Monday had us canning the juice, and processing the pulp into apple sauce, but it's much more like apple butter.. We ended up with 40 something quarts of juice and 50 some odd pints of apple sauce... OH YEA and 4 gallon of a special recipe of some apple cider with something special added to the mix.... One of our neighbors has this great tool that looks a lot like a meat grinder, where you pour in cooked apple pulp in the top, turn the handle and out one shoot is the apple sauce and out the other is the dry skin, seeds, stems, and maybe a few worms....

Hope you enjoy, we sure did...

  • Apple Squeezin' Time
  • Heading South for the Winter . . .
Trip Start Sep 27, 2012
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Trip End Sep 30, 2012


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