Last weekend I harvested every single apple in my garden and then we went and had them all juiced!
We weren´t sure whether we had the minimum quantity of 100 kg of apples so we joined forces with a neighbor/friend who, as a plus, has the cutest yellow (!) pick-up truck. We needn´t have worried because we actually had a little over 100 kgs ourselves, but it was a lovely little excursion this way.
The place where we had the apples juiced was new to all of us (this place) and we were really happy with the experience. This is the juicing machine which apparently was developed by the owner. Juicing apples is a side business for them and the whole family is helping out.
The apples are sorted, washed...
... shredded and pressed.
The juice is pasteurized (i.e. heated for a short amount of time) and then filled into those plastic bags which get to live in cardboard boxes for stability. Honestly I´d have preferred bottles (because pretty) but nobody does bottles anymore in our region and actually I can see the appeal of those boxes. 5 litres in one box, easy to store, nothing to break. The cardboard boxes can be re-used. All in all a pretty good solution I think!
So in the end, we got 75 litres of apple juice! I am delighted. It´s not super cheap but still at least half the price of what you´d pay for a decent organic apple juice. And it´s such a good way to use all those apples which would otherwise go to waste. Since the juicing machine is mobile and can be "rented", we´re already planning a big apple juicing party in our village next year! No more sad abandoned apples in this village´s garden! Yay.