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Videos from The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Team’s Cider Pressing Adventure

By Lindsey Siegele

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Recently, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS team along with other Ogden Publications employees had the exciting opportunity to give cider pressing a try. Herrick Kimball from Whizbang Cider graciously donated the press, and our team had a great time making and drinking delicious apple (with a few pears thrown in) cider.

The first step in our cider-pressing adventure was grinding the apples and pears into a pulp. The grinder for our cider press was made from a repurposed garbage disposal. Check out the team in action in the next two videos.



After the apples and pears were ground to a pulp, it was time for pressing. Traditional cider presses use a wheel or other cranking mechanism to move the press, but the one we used employed a car jack instead!


We were delighted with how well our cider press worked, and our efforts were rewarded with lots of cider for drinking and sharing.


Most of those who tried it thought it was delicious. Check out the rave reviews from some of the members of our editorial team.



What a great way to spend a beautiful fall day.

For more information about how our cider press worked and the fun we had, read MOTHER EARTH NEWS Drinks From the Cider Press

8/29/2014 4:46:36 AM

This looked like a successful venture and has given me some motivation to go full steam ahead with my cider production! I was thoroughly impressed with the garbage-disposal turned apple grinder. It really turned those apples to a pulp. That is presumably part of the cider press plans in the WhizbangCider manual. I have a ready built press that I purchased from which does include a grinder but it works a little different than that. I actually considered building my own so it's interesting to see that in action. Anyway, the final verdict from the girls seemed to be positive so hopefully I can create something equally as yummy.