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Apple Press & Grinder Instructions

Preparing to Press • Collect clean containers to store juice in. • Ensure grinder/press and all tools are clean • Find 2 containers that will fit beneath the juice tray (ideally with spout) • Choose a spot that will offer a shady space to store your juice as you press • Wasps are quickly attracted to this process, so choose a time of day where they are not as active, if possible. Picking Apples • Do not use apples that have fallen to the ground. Windfallen apples are much more likely to contain mold spores. • Cut out any bad spots in the apples, then wash them. You can leave the cores in the apples. • Using multiple types of apples create a better tasting juice • Once picked, apples should to be pressed within three days of picking for best results. • If you are going to juice the apples immediately, you can spread tarps beneath the tree and then shake the branches to release the apples. Setting up Grinder & Press • Ensure the press is on level ground, with the bottom drain board slanted to allow juice to run. • Place plastic juice tray onto bottom drain board. • Put fruit press basket onto of plastic drain tray. Center it under the grinder • Place the mesh-pressing bag into the fruit press basket, folding the top of the bag over rim. Grinding Apples • Load your apples in the hopper of the grinder. • Ensure the fruit press basket is centered under the grinder • Turn the grinder by hand to grind the apples. The finer the apples are mashed, the easier it is to get cider from the apples. • The grinder plate can be placed on top of the grinder to reduce apples from popping out while grinding. Pressing Apples • The amount of juice you get from your apples depends on many factors such as the variety of apples, stage of ripeness, how finely they are chopped before pressing and how much they are pressed. • When fruit press basket is full, pull the mesh pressing bags up and fold over itself to stop the apple pulp from squirting out through slates under high pressure. • Place the pressing plate on top of the mesh bag containing the apple pulp • Line up the pressing plate hole with the press screw and begin to turn press handle • Stop turning the press handle after it begins to squeak Collecting Juice • Ensure your containers are properly placed beneath the drip tray to collect the juice. • When your first container fills, switch it with the second container so you can begin filling your juice containers • Keep the freshly pressed juice out of the sun, and cool as soon as possible. • Do not bend the plastic collecting tray to angle the juice into your container. Instead tip the apple press. Disposing of the Compost • Making apple juice leaves you with a lot of pulp that needs to be disposed of safely • Bears can smell a food source from up to 1.5km away. • We recommend disposing of your apple pulp safely at the transfer station. • If you have a large compost bin, you may be able to compost at home. Please ensure you bury the pulp beneath deep layers of other compostables. Pasteurizing your Apple Juice • Fresh unpasteurized juice may contain bacteria that may cause illness. To assure that bacteria in fresh cider are killed is to pasteurize it by heating. Pasteurization is particularly important if you choose to use apples that have dropped from the trees. • Young children, elderly and immuno-compromised should never drink fresh apple cider unless it has been heated to at least 160’F (not higher than 185’) Cleaning the Grinder/Press • Clean the press immediately after use • Spray down the grinder/press with a high-pressured hose. • Be aware of all crevices, notches and screw heads to ensure all apple material is removed • Allow press to dry completely in a dry, sunny space

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