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50 gallons

50 gallons by baldwinmk
50 gallons, a photo by baldwinmk on Flickr.

of fresh made apple cider. Our trusty Jack Lalane juicer plowed thru 10 bushels of apples today and we made 50 gallons of cider. 5 to drink, and 45 for cider vinegar; hopefully enough to last us a year. So, that makes 20 bushels we’ve gone thru in the past week. We’re getting a little apple’d out, but we’ll be very grateful over the year to have the different apple creations we’ve been able to preserve.

Until next time…..

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  1. Stephanie
    September 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Greetings. Found your blog by way of your comments on Judy’s blog, On Big Turtle Creek. My husband asked what you out your cider in to store it and make vinegar? I’m curious how the 45 gallons of cider lasted. :). Looking forward to reading around your blog… Sweet family you have!

    • September 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      Hi there. I used a 55 gallon plastic drum to store/make cider. It’s the kind with the screw on lid, I just put a piece of cloth under the ring and screwed it down. We have an unheated room on the back of the house that we store it in. The vinegar lasted about 1.5 years. Getting ready to do it again soon. I think this time we’re going to low-temp pasteurize it, as the bottom 18 inches turned into pure “mother”. Other than that it worked out great.

  2. Stephanie
    September 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Hubbie also asks what you did/do with the pulp. Thanks!

    • September 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      We fed the pulp to chickens/turkeys. They LOVED it, and it puts weight on them pretty quickly.

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