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!