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If you have already purchased, or are thinking about purchasing a Weston Wine Press, then the Weston Fruit Grinder may be a nice addition to your pressing activities. When pressing grapes to make fresh grape juice or home made wine you aren’t initially required to crush or grind the grapes, although most do. Grapes are a soft fruit and a typical press can easily crush the grapes without any prep work. However, if you plan on making apple cider with your press you must first crush the apples with a fruit grinder. Apples are a hard fruit and simply will not crush with only the force of a typical fruit press. Weston offers a fruit grinder that will attach to a variety of surfaces. This will allow you to crush the apples directly into your pressing tub prior to pressing.

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Apples are one of the earth’s greatest fruits. As the old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s really true, apples have so many health benefits, here are a few that I’ve gathered from the US Apple Association. And one interested fact that I wasn’t aware of before today, China actually produces more apples than the United States. The United States grows about 2,500 different types of apples, while there are over 7,500 varieties worldwide. And while many studies have been completed, here are a few recent findings about the increased health benefits of apples

  • promoting cardiovascular health by helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels;
  • maintaining a healthy weight along with exercise, as part of a low-fat, fiber-rich diet;
  • promoting lung health, by helping maintain healthy membranes;
  • promoting bone health, by contributing boron, a mineral important to bone health, to the diet.

You don’t have to eat apples exclusively to get all the benefits, you can also drink apple juice and apple cider, or eat apple sauce.

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During Colonial times apple cider was the drink of choice. Not native to the Americas, the settlers brought over apple seeds from Europe and begin planting apple trees throughout the colonies. The presses that they used were probably not far different from the Apple Cider Press that is available today. Since they could not trust the water due to contamination, the settlers enjoyed apple cider as their main drink. It is said that John Adams, the United States’ second president enjoyed his cider with breakfast. And cider in this passage is referring to “hard cider” or fermented cider. In England, where cider is of great popularity, freshly pressing apples produce “juice” whereas we call it “cider”. In the United States, we have to specify which type of cider we’re talking about, either regular cider (juice) or hard cider (fermented). As settlers moved west the apple trees and cider consumption moved with them (remember the story of Johnny Appleseed?), this is until they ran into the high plains of the Rocky Mountains. It became more difficult to plant apple trees and produce cider, around the same time period was the introduction of German beer to the United States. This was the beginning of the end for apple cider as America’s beverage. The nail in the coffin was Prohibition, as the production and consumption of all alcoholic beverages diminished. Apple Cider never recovered. We have seen some gain in popularity in the last decade or two with the rise in handcrafted breweries, or micro breweries throughout the United States.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away! No kidding.  Whether you are enjoying Red Delicious, Gala, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold, Golden,  Fuji, or one of the many other varirties of apples, you are doing yourself a healthy favor. According to the US Apple Association, here are the facts:

  • Apples contain zero fat & saturated fat, and are cholesteral & Sodium Free.
  • Apples are also an excellent source of fiber and contain natural plant-based antioxidents.
  • Apples and Apple Juice and Cider contain the mineral boron, which promotes helthy bones.
  • Apples are sweetened with the natural sugar called fructose.
  • Apples are a high fiber food which helps maintain a steady blood sugar level.

Enjoy your apple a day in  any way you choose. Juices, whole apples, sliced apples, cider, or apple sauce.

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Our new website http://www.thefruitpress.com is now live! Our site was developed to bring our customers the best apple cider and wine presses from accross the globe. We currently have the Original Jaffrey Cider Press as well as Weston brand presses. Our intent is to continue to add quality fruit presses from other manufacturers.
We serve both individuals and families that are interested in making homemade apple cider and homemade wines. We believe pressing fruit is not only a healthy alternative to food products loaded with artificial flavors and preservatives, but it is also fun and promotes a quality family activity. Of course it all starts with the apples and grapes, so be sure you have quality fruit when pressing for cider, wines or juices.

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