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Jaffrey’s flagship 8400 Cider Press is on sale at The Fruit Press, for $670. Regularly priced at $740, this is a great time for your purchase of a cider press. October is the apple harvest season, don’t go another year without your own cider press to make homemade apple juice, or cider.

Order your Jaffrey Cider Press today to guarantee you receive your Cider Press by the end of the month!

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Apple Harvest is coming up soon and it looks to be a record harvest year here in Washington State. If you are thinking about pressing apples this year and have yet to purchase a cider press, you can find some great ones at The Fruit Press!

More posts to come as we enter September and October. Have a great end of the summer everyone!

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The family and I had a succesful weekend of cider pressing. Every year we go over to my in-law’s home and press apples for fresh cider. This year we used Honeycrisp apples that my father-in-law grows, as well as Red Delicious apples from Yakima and a few other varieties. We were pressing about 1 bushel of apples to yield a gallon or gallon and one-half. This is the first year I’ve really paid attention to yield per bushel. Does anyone else have any statistics on how many gallons of cider they yield per bushel or box of apples?

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Honeycrisp apples have gained significant popularity over the past few years, even though they have been around for quite some time. Honeycrisp apples are the result of a 1960’s cross-breeding of the Macoun and Honeygold apple varieties. A project of the University of Minnesota apple breeding program. This year’s harvest of Honeycrisps will probably produce another year of growth. In Washington  State alone Honeycrisp production growth was 118% from 2006 to 2007 and another 33% from 2007 to 2008. Honeycrisps are a great table apple as well as a great blending apple for fresh apple cider.

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The Kingston Black apple is another variety of apple that is best suited for cider making only. With its bitter taste it isn’t much of an eating apple like so many of the apples grown in the United States. In  fact, most cider making apple varieties don’t even look like the larger Red Delicious or Fuji’s that everyone  loves to eat. Most cider making apples are smaller and tend to grow in clusters of 3 or more. If you are looking to grow cider apples or if you are looking for a variety to buy to make hard cider, the Kingston Black may be a good place to start. It is a good stand alone variety, or varietal, so you don’t necessarily need to blend this apple variety with other apple varieties. If you do want to grow a Kingston Black apple tree, you can purchase them in the States and they are best suited to grow in hardiness zones 4-9. This hardiness zone covers a majority of the US, from the Yakima Valley in Washington State to the Tennessee River Valley. See the map below. The only climates to avoid would be the northern plains and the southern tip of Florida.

Climate and growing zones for the United States

Climate and growing zones for the United States

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The Crimson King apple is an old english variety used to make hard cider. This apple variety was propagated by a man named John Toucher of Bewley Down in the late 1800’s. When used to make hard apple cider the end result has a fruity taste. Crimson King apples are a smaller bright red apple that typically grow to be only about 2.5 inches in diameter. Crimson King’s are harvested in November (in most climates) and some people use them for cooking as well.

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When pressing apples into cider  you will  first want to crush the apples into the finest pomace as possible. The more you are able to grind up the apples, the more juice you will yield when pressing. Another vital piece of equipment would be filtering bags, which are usually made of a stretchy nylon material. Using a cider pressing bag when pressing your cider will filter out unwanted objects from your cider. If you choose not to use a pressing bag filter you will more than likely need to use something to get the seeds, stems, excess pulp, and other foreign object from contaminating your cider or juice. It is much easier to line your pressing tubs with a filtering bag, which will take care of 99% of your filtering.

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If you are interested in making your own cider you must read Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Hard & Sweet Cider by Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols.  It is a very easy read,  but it thorough in its approach to guiding beginning  cider makers. The book covers both hard (alcoholic) cider as well as sweet (fresh) cider and which apples are best to use for both. There is a great chapter on Cider Presses themselves and the variety of styles to choose from. If you are interested in growing your own trees they even touch on what types of trees are best suited for you. They also cover some topics beyond just making your own apple cider, such as cooking recipes, making apple cider vinegar, and how the law plays a role in making cider. If you’ve ever wanted  to learn about home making apple cider this is a great place to start.

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If you are looking for a corporate gift basket to send to clients, you need to check out the Grove’s Goodness Plenty Fruit Basket. It is loaded with goodies including: Fresh Fruit, chocolates, cheeses, summer sausage, and more. There are apples, pears, and pineapple plus a variety of cheeses and chocolates. You’ll be sure to impress and show your appreciation to clients with this gift basket. A business related gift should show your client how much you appreciate their business and the Plenty Fruit Basket is sure to get your message across.

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Gourmet Fruit Basket

Gourmet Fruit Basket

The Fruit Press is please to announce it is now carrying gourmet fruit baskets and gift boxes. We have a wide variety of gift baskets to choose from so we’re sure to have something that fits your needs and budget. Each Gift Box and Basket contains fresh fruit grown in the Pacific Northwest with sweet candies and fine chocolates available as well. Our gift baskets contain fruits such as Apples, Pears, Oranges and Pineapple, as well as chocolate covered cherries, nuts and cheeses. If you are looking for a great way to say thank you, a business gift, or sympathy gesture, look no further. All gift baskets are shipped directly to your client or personal friend.

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