I know its a little belated, but worth showing off. This is the latest trend in cider making gear... it is actually very warm and waterproof:
Now, this was a Christmas present. I asked for (and I quote my words as closely as I can remember them); "Something that I can throw on to press apples - it needs to be waterproof and a jacket I don't care if it gets really dirty. 'Cos it will!". Somewhere in my parents head, this must have turned into "I am a farmer and I need a really nice new jacket, with matching wax trousers. I might even save it for best".
Needless to say, I have used it for pressing - as per photo above. And, who would have believed it - it got bogging with apple bits and juice. But then I hosed it down and it has come up really well. So I guess it was a result after all. Not sure I will be allowed to wear it for best though!
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
This last batch were the very late Fruitwise stored dessert fruit. These were picked for market but unsold – I normally get them as the very last apples to press, they are very well bletted (soft) and provide a welcome break to the grubby cider fruit I had spent the previous month working my way through. These will go into Hampshire Heritage to balance the blend to 50/50.
|Fortunately the hosepipe didn't freeze... to much!|
|Pressing went on!|
|The last apples. This isn't how they are normally stored!|
|"Would you like ice in your cider?" - I guess the washing water was cold!|
|Pretty, but tricky!|