I have thoroughly scrubbed the bathtub. Two 5-6 gallon buckets of apples dropped from my tree are going into the bath for a good soak.
I am planning on making apple cider. Problem is that I have not found a cider press for rent locally. A friend who has a farm about 45minutes away has one, but it needs a good cleaning. I’m also going to try making some hard apple cider. I just read that 40 pounds of apples yields about 3 gallons of juice. So is the drive worth two buckets of apples? Not really.
I weighed the buckets on my bathroom scale and each was 25.5lbs. That means I have about 50 lbs of apples (minus the buckets which my scale won’t pick up). I probably want to save at least 80 pounds of apples so I can have about 5 gallons for juice and if I am lucky another 80 pounds so I can make 5 gallons of hard cider.
That’s why these apples get a bath. After I sort out the applesauce quality apples from the savers, the juicing apples find a home in the fridge. I need to save up my apples (and space in the fridge)!
I’ll make some applesauce tonight. Hopefully they are sweet enough to not use any sugar in the applesauce. I prefer it that way. I’ll post a link to the recipe I use later.
Also, I was going to start making plum wine this last weekend but my plum tree has yet to fully ripen. I’ve got all the necessities to start it up and then I’ll need to buy a couple of carboys for the wine, juice, and cider.
If only money grew on trees 😉 or a sugar plum daddy was hiding in the plum tree.
Cider Inspiration from Hip Chick Digs
Brew Board- How many lbs of apples for one gallon of juice?
The Cider Workshop- How to Craft Cider