A few weeks ago we enjoyed a new experience making apple cider. Although I have never been a fan of the fall season and cooling temperatures, I do enjoy the amazing color changes and the activities of fall harvest.
During a visit to my sisters, the littles had no idea they were going to be pressing apples. They were greeted with a large supply of apples, and a curious contraption. My sisters apple press has seen a few seasons, and at some point was rigged with a small motor to eliminate hand cranking the apples through the shredder.
It didn’t take much prompting to get the littles to work loading the apples into the shredder. They were delighted to see the slow production of cider, but the accumulating shredded apples didn’t appear to appetizing. Once dad and uncle showed them how the press was used to extract the remaining juice, the boys were quick to jump into action.
During a recent geography study of the state of Washington, we were reminded of our apple pressing experience. We enjoyed a much deeper study of apples while reading Apple Trees by Sylvia A. Johnson. The book thoroughly described the natural process of the life of an apple tree, and confirmed Washington is the nation’s top apple supplier.
The littles are hopeful for another tasty apple pressing experience at aunties next year!!