Sunday, October 16, 2011

Making Cider the Old Fashioned Way

Since our very first interview for this position, we've been hearing about "Cidering Weekend" and last weekend we got to experience it first hand.  It was amazing!!!
We had the MOST amazing weather for the weekend, completely unusual for Vermont at this time of year -- warm, sunny days and crisp evenings.  It was truly perfect and felt like a special gift given all the terrible weather things that have been happening in this area. 
Before this weekend, I knew nothing about what it meant to make cider ... well, now I know and let me tell you, the end result is absolutely delicious!

 Step 1:  Rinse apples off (and/or bob for them)

Step 2:  Grind apples into small chunks with this hand-cranked piece of equipment (while trying to keep children's fingers away)

Step 3:  Use a hand-cranked press to squeeze the juice out of the crunched-up apple bits.

Step 4: Pour juice through a strainer (for those of you wondering about the worms, this is an important step!) and enjoy!  If apple juice tasted this good, I would be drinking it all the time!

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