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- How to crush apples for juice without a proper crusher
Sun 18-Sep-11
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Danny
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Does anybody have any ideas on how to extract juice from apples without one of those expensive machines?

I took a look on eBay just now and they seem to start at around the £200 mark. Even to rent one for a weekend costs nearly £70 + delivery. At least from the company that advertises on eBay.

Googling brings up some info but nothing that frugal people like us forumites would find useful. This guy has experimented:

grinding the apples before pressing is an important part of extracting the juice.

apples are 7.2% non-water, or about 92.8% water. Although that's counting the juice as all water, which it isn't entirely.

Any ideas or experiences?

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Sun 18-Sep-11
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Danny, look at the Ascotts site here. I noticed they had a special offer on a press when I looked there for jars. They have several for a lot less than the ebay price you quote, and tell you how much juice is extracted from a given weight of apples for each one so you can compare them. The smaller ones hold less, and give a higher yield of juice per kilo than the large ones.

And if you get one there, Fiona could order any extra lids or jars at the same time for no extra delivery charge.  smile (When I ordered jars last Sunday evening, they were there early Tuesday morning.)

I got a juicer last year to deal with the question myself, because it would juice other things and is fairly small. I got it after the apple season, so I can't vouch for it personally for apples yet.

Sun 18-Sep-11
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Have you seen the steam juicer thread?

 

Looks intriguing.

 

David

Sun 18-Sep-11
6:22 pm
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Thanks, David. We do have a steam juicer and it is brilliant " but for relatively small quantities. There is the energy cost also.

What I am after is some means of crushing maybe 100 kilos of apples without spending £200 on a crushing machine. Pressing is a different matter. Even with two planks, my extreme weight and some layers of muslin, I reckon I could do a Heath Robinson presser.

Thanks too, Barbara, I had not realise that the Ascott site offers a huge range of goodies. Mmmmmm

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Sun 18-Sep-11
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Danny, is there an apple day anywhere near you? Sometimes they have presses and you can bring your own apples to be pressed--probably not 100kgs on the day, I suspect. They might have information on who has a press locally and would do your apples for you, or there just might be a community apple press somewhere around that you could use.

I have been to apple days at Garden Organic, but can't remember if they had presses there. They might be able to help you work out how to track one down, at least!

The Ascott site is very tempting, and I get their monthly e-newsletter. In August it had an offer of a free copy of Home Farmer magazine. I'd never heard of it, but it was interesting and useful. 

I hadn't looked at the price of crushers before. eeek

Mon 19-Sep-11
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my dad used to use his turnip crusher ...lol...but then i dont know where you would get one nowadays , wish i could find one it would make my sugerbeet project easier

Wed 21-Sep-11
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Instead of standing on two planks have you thought of using a car jack to add pressure?cheers I think there are some Youtube diy type things to look at.

Unfortunately I haven't got the time to look for a link for you. Just waiting for the washing to be done before the electric goes off and then I am out monitoring pig damage again. Great weight loss programme!!!!!whistle

Wed 21-Sep-11
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Wed 21-Sep-11
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A friend on Facebook owns Tutts Clump cider. He is selling a cider mill and press. here is his "advert".

 

I have decided to sell my old mill and press, partly because I need the space, and I need the money, but also it will do someone a good turn. The only reason I stopped using them was to upgrade to a bigger machine. They both work perfectly. The mill is a fruit shark and is only three years old, and the press is a basket press complete with cloths. I forget the name, but it is a German machine built I would think in the 1960™s. I made 7,000 litres with it in 2009, and you can comfortable make 220 litres per day on your own. It is manually operated, and has a two-speed ratchet type drive. Both can be viewed on my main web site under œthe process. On ebay, the press would fetch over £1,000, and a new mill now costs nearly £400, but the first person to come up with £1,000 in cash can have the mill and press, and I can give a working demonstration on how they work¦!!!

 

His web page is http://www.tuttsclumpcider.co.uk/

 

Tell him I sent you when you buy it smile

Simon

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Wed 11-Jul-12
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Use a garden shredder then put the shredded apples into a household spinner. A spinner is used to reduce the water content of clothes after they come out of the washing machine. They spin at 2700 rpm and give you more juice than a press on a like for like basis. You will spend considerable less time doing it. Assuming you haven't got either, a garden shredder new is 80 pound and the same for a spinner. Both are the same second hand IE 30 pound. Of course you can then use them for what they are made for. Borrowing is another option. The spinner will remove an extra pint of water out of a half load (it only takes a half load) of washing. Great where ever you have a tumble dryer or put the washing out on the line and your clothes will smell of apples!!!!! Not a fan of shredders but use it occasionally for shredding. Note all of this is based on making cider so I know what I am talking about. Do at least 30 gallons a year. PS use something strong and large enough to fill the space in the spinner to hold the shredded apples. A muslin bag is no good it will rip apart. Pillow case, although I used an Indian shopping bag given to me by a pub landlord.   JB

Mon 29-Oct-12
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I've just seen your post (from this time last year), but recently came across this link which describes how an old washing machine can be converted into a juicer.

http://lundkids.blogspot.nl/2011/09/homemade-apple.....chine.html

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Tue 30-Oct-12
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Hi Caroline the link didn't work so here it is again

http://lundkids.blogspot.com/2011/09/homemade-appl.....chine.html

Pity that it is an upright washing machine, there aren't that many around here but I like the idea.cheers

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