Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Apple Crushing Made Easy

apple press
Each fall we harvest many bushels of apples for making cider and vinegar. Our apple press has a built in crusher, but it is very hard to turn, so we came up with a solution. A garbage disposal. Of course it is a brand new disposal that is used only for apple crushing.

We mounted a separate sink in our kitchen right next to our regular sink, and mounted the disposal to it. Instead of being hardwired, we just put a plug on the disposal and plug it in when we need it (we could have hardwired it in, but this was easier for us).sinkdisposal mounted to sink

The disposal is not hooked into our plumbing, instead we keep a stainless steel kettle under it to catch the crushed apples.

When we are not using the disposal (or crusher, as we like to call it) we place a cutting board on top of it. sink, when not in use

We get a lot more juice from the apples because they are crushed much more then we could do them by hand, the apples come out almost as mush.

The only draw back is that we have to do small batches, about 5 to 10 gallons of apples at a time, because the disposal will over heat.

This has made our pressing so much easier and faster.

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