Today is the day the local juice press is open, so we picked about 60 kilos of apples mostly from the ground and took them for pressing.

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The press is an old hand screwed type and very effective.

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We got a little more than 30 liters of apple juice. It is more sour than usual probably because of the cool summer weather. The apple pulp goes to the presser’s sheep.

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At home we filled a bunch of bottles like these as well as bigger plastic containers. These go on the back porch for storage which is like a refrigerater until the really cold weather sets in after new year.

Neither the juice nor the bottles are sterilised or pasteurised, so gradually the juice ferments and in the end becomes apple cider vinegar, but we usually drink it all up before that.