Homemade Apple Grinder Using a Garbage Disposal

Want to make some cider? Save money on an apple grinder by assembling one from household materials, including an easy-to-find garbage disposal.

  • Apple Cider
    Nothing tastes better on a chilly autumn day than a glass of fresh, homemade apple cider.
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  • Apple Cider

I needed an apple grinder to make cider, but I didn’t want to spend the money for an expensive, store-bought machine. Instead, I found a new 1-horsepower garbage disposal on Craigslist for $70.

I mounted the garbage disposal in a wooden stand, using the same technique I would have used if installing it in a sink. Rather than use an actual sink, however, I used a stainless steel bowl with a hole in the bottom; this bowl acts as a funnel to help the apples roll into the grinder. I wired an on/off switch in the power cord to control the grinder. I sealed the switch with silicone for safe wash-downs, and covered the stand with several heavy coats of paint to create a clean, easily washable surface. This setup has worked great for my annual cider making.

If I were to build a more “professional” unit, I would consider using stainless steel fasteners, a waterproof switch, and plastic (instead of wood) for the stand.

I made a YouTube video about this homemade apple grinder, during which I explain the dimensions and basic building process. You can watch the full video on YouTube.

Connor Bishop
Guilford, Connecticut

5/27/2018 10:21:34 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha. Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

4/26/2016 8:46:37 AM

Another mounting option would be to mount a Stainless Steel bar sink size sink into a section of counter top at a bench, in a garden room or where ever you want to make your cider. Make sure you get a sink with a big enough drain to accommodate the garbage disposal. If you shop at a local plumbing store this sink should be pretty cheap. Put a 5 gallon bucket under the counter to catch cider.



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