Today we made cider.
The village cider collective met for its second year to turn surplus apples into cider – a simple process involving a garden shredder, a large apple press and a few hours of fairly enjoyable labour.
We didn’t have as many apples as last year, but we’re going for quality rather than quantity.
We ended up with a little over 11 gallons of fresh juice. We drink some of it fresh, which leaves 10 gallons slowly fermenting under my dining room table.
I admit, it would be much easier to just buy a crate of cider from the supermarket. But that’s not the point of the collective. It’s a way of getting together with the neighbours, making use of local fruit that would otherwise rot and be wasted, and it’s very satisfying to drink something that you’ve made from scratch. If you’ve got apples, link up with your own neighbours and get brewing too!