Apple juice pressed from sausage stuffer?
Hi everyone. Just received a 7 lb stuffer and was wondering if I could squeeze apple juice with it? I used to shred apples in regular food processor and fill up my dads old black cast iron wine/sausage press with chess cloth in bottom to hod back pulp . Each filling would produce about a gallon of cider-which was delicious!
I have no idea if this will work, but, tell me exactly what you do, and I’ll go buy apples and test it out on Monday and post the results. Might even make a “how-to” video on it if it works well!
How many pounds of apples do you use?
Do you need a food processor, or a blender, or just diced small? (I might try using a meat grinder…if it sounds like it would work)
Let me know and I would be happy to run a test for you!
Yes, it will work… I’ve done the same with the old enterprise stuffer since it comes with a strainer basket. but I’ve also used my 7# vertical manual stuffer, here’s the process:
I tried cheesecloth but it’s not strong enough. Go to fabric store and ask for wedding dress material(2 yards)… i know…but it’s very strong and let’s the juice through. i cut 18"x18" or so squares of the material, ran the quartered apples through my grinder on the largest plate i had into a “China cap strainer”( used in restaurants to filter fryer oil) sitting on top of a large pot. Let some of the juice come out there then fill up the squares with the pulp. It works best when i pressed them one at a time in my vertical stuffer worked well, just be patient and take your time. Not as good as the Enterprise but didn’t take long to press a gallon of fresh cider with my own apples(not sure the ratio of apples to gallons). If you let it sit in a large pot or jug overnight then skim off the top and filter it will be less hazy but i didn’t mind/couldn’t taste the fine pulp.
One of my holiday favorites is putting a gallon of cider in a crock pot with some cinnamon sticks or mulling spice and serving it with salted caramel vodka, warms the soul…Good luck!
@parksider Thanks for the follow up!! I was really watching the internal temperature when they were in the rolling (HOT) water and making sure to pull them right at the 165. And then right into the ice water bath.
You guys got a great job! Im pretty passionate about this kinda stuff. I enjoy it a lot and love doing R and D stuff! Keep up the fun work!
@Jonathon Yes Jonathon-it’s in your head
@mikeihuntr My only advice is to keep the water around 170F, not a rolling boil. If the casing are too tight they WILL explode then you have a really big pot of bad soup! A nice simmer is the way to go, take them out 155-160 and into a water bath. Here is a pic, we just use the turkey fryer with the basket. It makes it really easy to remove from the water and rinse. I will also recommend keeping a temp probe right in the meat you can see the wire going into the water. Good luck!!
This was a big topic of conversation because we do freeze/thaw/process/refreeze venison and pork, never an issue. As a former restaurateur and certified food handler here is what Dept of Agriculture has to say. I’ll defer to the experts:
Author: Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
The U. S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) advises:
Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it is safe to refreeze it without cooking, although there may be a loss of quality due to the moisture lost through thawing. After cooking raw foods which were previously frozen, it is safe to freeze the cooked foods. If previously cooked foods are thawed in the refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. Freeze leftovers within 3-4 days. Do not refreeze any foods left outside the refrigerator longer than 2 hours; 1 hour in temperatures above 90 °F.
If you purchase previously frozen meat, poultry or fish at a retail store, you can refreeze if it has been handled properly, according to USDA.
DO NOT thaw meat at room temperature, such as on the kitchen counter.
Safety will depend on whether the raw product was handled properly before it was frozen, refrozen shortly after it was thawed, cooked to a safe temperature when it is eaten and handled safely if there are any leftovers.
What temperature should I pull my cured and smoked bacon out of my smokehouse?
@jonathon it is printed on the Box. I’m looking for a bag that has a evoh barrier. Does Waltons carry a four or five mm evoh High barrier bag?