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From apples to juice.

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. 

What remains. 

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.

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Reader Comments (14)

When you rent the juicer next year you will be able to put the juice into bottles! What a good idea to do this, I love that nothing goes to waste....and that truck is super cute!

September 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

That is an excellent idea! Once it is pasteurized, is it shelf stable? Or, does it need to be frozen?

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Oh, ich kann mcih noch gut erinnern, als es in unserem Ort noch die Mosterei gab und Oma und Opa und später der Papa Äpfel dorthin gebracht haben. Und sogern hab ich den Süßmost getrunken (und trinke ihn immernoch gern), dem vergorenen Most kann ich nichts abgewinnen. Apfelsaft im herkömmlichen Sinne ist auch gut, aber Süßmost war schon immer ein Highlight!
Und das man das jetzt mobil mieten kann, find ich ja auch klasse :D

Liebe Grüße,

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I will come to your juicing party next year!

September 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGiulia

What a great idea I ind;t know of anywhere you can do that here. So good to know you are drinking your own produce. Do you take home what remains for compost or would that be just messy? That is a very cute truck

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Wonderful! Wish there was such a way to make juice around here where I live.

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Das ist ja super! Ich bringe das gleich für das Dorf ins Gespräch. Danke dir für den tollen Tipp!

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterannton

was für ein erlebnis!! wow - herrlich bestimmt auch fein im winter als 'glühmost'

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

Another wonderful post, and very topical for me as the house we have fallen in love with in the country has a little orchard with perry pears, heritage variety apples, cherries, greengages, medlars etc and the current owners have the apples pressed for juice and the pears pressed for cider (perry). They said they would give us the contact details of the people that press them if we are lucky enough to get the house - I would be just as excited as you, I completely understand! Let us know how it tastes!

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJayne

What do they do with the leftover crushed apples? Compost? or animal feed?

September 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Very impressive with your apple juice. One thing to think of next year when you want to use all the apples left lying around, a lot of birds and other animals will definitely appreciate if some of the apples are left for them to feed on during the winter months. Waxwings, blackbirds and mistle thrushes all eat left fruit.

September 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelle

It's amazing to see a bit of the process from fruit on tree to juice in the carton. I love these cooperative ventures. My sister and her family collect sap from their maple trees and bring it to farmer with a boiling tank, it then gets put in with all the other sap and reduced to syrup. They take home syrup based on how much sap they brought. They used to have a little operation themselves, but after it burned down, they started doing this and they love the ease of it.

September 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFloramac

OK - that is the coolest thing ever! What a fun time and a great way to celebrate autumn and APPLES.

September 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKathrine A

Fabulous story – all those beautiful apples. Love the yellow truck. And all that pure juice from your own trees and nothing's been added. What a great life!

September 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJane (in Sydney)

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