Soft Cider -> Hard Cider

The apples are rolling in and we decided to buy a press to try to make hard cider with them.

 

It’s raining applesapples_coming_down

Washing stationIMG_1798

And that’s why we wash them 🙂IMG_1800

All crushed and ready to go.IMG_1803 IMG_1805

Packed all the way down IMG_1866

And the resulting yumminess. Only a few of our apple trees produce apples that are decent to eat. The rest are small and quite tart, we were surprised to learn they actually make the best cider.IMG_1869

They don’t eat much of it but they are happy to indulge their urge to scratch.IMG_1880

Contemplating our options for turning these 5 gallons into hard cider IMG_1929

We provided sugar for the fermentation in the form of honey & maple syrupIMG_1939

Apple droppings

Every day we pick up droppings from a tree that is a bit early. We make just enough applesauce for a day, just enough for the house to smell incredible.

 

the nice ones are saved as they keep really well

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the ugly ones are cooked immediately

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