Hello September! You are a bit chillier and getting darker in the evening, but I am loving your blackberries in the hedgerows and apples in our garden! This week we decided we could never ever cook all the Bramley apples in the garden, so we purchased an Apple Press - apple juice and cider here we come! The day it arrived, me and the boys (plus Ruby our pup) went to scrump the apples! Will and Tommy thought it was hilarious watching me shake the branches to get the apples to fall, and I managed to escape serious injury with only one apple actually hitting me! It was lovely watching the boys collect all the apples and pop them in the bowls.
Once we'd filled the bowls, we headed indoors to process the apples. I had visions of us bashing the apples with rolling pins etc. but the reality was slightly different, plus the boys had lost interest by then - so I got out the food processor and blasted them through that instead! I was amazed to see the juice starting to run before we'd even filled the press - and we ended up getting just over a litre out of half the the apples we'd picked. The press is 6l and you should be able to get a 1/4 of the overall fruit that goes in - so there is another 1/2 litre we could have got - next time we'll try and pack the apple pulp down more before doing the pressing.
The results? DELICIOUS! I am so chuffed! We were a bit worried the bramley apples would be a bit tart, but it is lovely - I don't like apple juice too sweet anyway, so this is perfect. It was also brilliant being able to show the boys the whole process of Apple on the tree to juice in your glass (although Will didn't want to try it, and Tommy, who did try it - didn't like it!).
Just waiting for our cider making kit to arrive now, and then the real fun will begin!
Joining in with the lovely Manneskjur #HDYGG Linky - head over to see plenty of gardening inspiration!