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seeking cider press

writerspice Oct 8, 2009 09:56 AM

I would like to rescue the abundant harvest going to waste on the apple tree around the corner from my house.

Barring a refusal to pick from the owners (doubtful), I'd like to make some cider and am seeking a cider press.

Does anyone know where they can be rented or purchased in the central Ontario area (I'm in Orillia, just north of Barrie) or even in Toronto?

Thanks!

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    crawfish RE: writerspice Oct 8, 2009 02:06 PM

    Would a wine press work? I don't know where you would get one either but seems to me it would be easier to find in these parts. Ask at one of those Italian or Portuguese places that sells crates of grapes.

    1. legourmettv RE: writerspice Oct 8, 2009 02:35 PM

      I use a Grape (wine) press, but I shred the apples first. The shredding really makes it easier to press out the juice.
      The shredder is something that my Grandfather put together 30-40 years ago, and it's an electric motor that drives a drum with nails sticking out at odd angles; all inside a plywood box.
      Pretty **medieval looking, but it makes quick work of a few bushels of apples.

      **And for all you safety junkies out there... Yes it is dangerous, and it could remove your arm without skipping a beat. We observe all safety precautions, keeping animals and children at a safe distance.**

      G.

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