Making Apple Cider at Home with a Homemade Apple Press

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A few people have asked me this fall about pressing their own apple cider and juice. This is a little more complicated than making, say, apple sauce — but if you have a bumper crop of apples and want to make cider yourself, this is how you do it, brought to you by Aimée of Simple Bites.

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When I was in Montreal a week ago I visited Aimée at her lovely house outside the city, and she made me the most amazing apple cider I've ever had. As we chatted about her own homestead and backyard garden (watch for a peek right here later this month!) she mentioned that her brother and his wife just took homesteading to a whole new level by building their own cider press. "I have to see that!" I said.

So, courtesy of Aimée and Simple Bites, here's how her brother built a cider press. It's not a small project, although ultimately quite simple. The centerpiece is an apple and fruit crusher they bought off Amazon, and they built a frame and tub to complete the setup.

With this homemade rig, they pressed 50 liters of apple juice one weekend, and another 50 liters the following week. And what are they doing with all that cider? Well, homemade apple juice leads to even better beverages, like fermented apple cider. Read on at Simple Bites for more of the story of building a cider press, making homemade cider, and what to do with it.

Have you ever pressed apple or pear juice or cider at home?

(Images: Laura Hols-Wimbush, courtesy of Aimée and Simple Bites)