We are using apples from our ten planted varieties which were picked between two and three weeks ago then left to ripen and mellow in and under our house. We also used two varieties picked at our neighbor's house. Usually we try to freeze the juice, but we ran out of room this year in our freezers so we are doing a "lower temperature" pasteurization for the 24 quarts of juice we pressed.
|Illijana, press, apples|
|Washing tub, cutting out the "bad parts"|
|Turning the hand crank to press the apples|
|Spreading pulp in garden bed for organic matter|