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This year is a great year for apples. We have been gathering the wind falls and took them yesterday to the juicer. 





The whole family and friends are involved

The result
It’s delicious, so a lot has been drunk or given away already, but there is still alot to make into apple wine and cider. 

There are not as many apples and pears as usual this year. But there are enough pears to make a couple of big batches of pear sauce to freeze in. This is my favorite topping for oatmeal mush in the morning.  

This variety of pear is very delicious, but I don’t know the name. They are green-grey when ripe, and don’t keep very long, so they have to be eaten or made into something within a week or two.

We picked the remaining apples from our tree including good ground falls, washed them and took them to the apple press at Ransta Trädgård.

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Grinding

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In the press

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Now we have about 40 liters of delicious apple juice to drink up quickly, or freeze in, or make cider or wine. In the end some will become apple cider vinegar.

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The weather appears to be turning colder. Autumn is ending, and winter is coming on.

I found some more plants on sale last week, so in an end of season effort I planted 12 more trees and bushes completing one end of the hedge.

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With frost holding firm, I got the second crop circle done – the clay soil turned over, ditching improved and leaves spread over the turned soil.

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But not without plenty of rest in the ‘bus stop’.

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Ingrid Marie apples to store away for Christmas.

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It’s a darkening time now until Winter Solstice and Juletid (Yuletide) so it’s good to have some apples to brighten the spirit.

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.