Sunday 15 October [10am to 4pm]
For the third year in a row we are hiring an apple press from Ashurst and Colbury Community Group.
Come along from 10am with your apples to press. Or just come along and join in! We pause at about 1230 for a bring and share lunch.
First we cut the apples in quarters. Then they go into the scratter. Then into the press. Then we have amazing fresh apple juice to enjoy. Everyone brings bottles to take some home in – last year everyone went home with at least a 4-pint milk carton of apple juice – most with more!!
The juice needs to be enjoyed in a few days – it starts to ferment quite quickly. Or you can freeze it for a few months. Or you can bottle it and heat it to 75 degrees C for 25 mins – then it will last in the bottle for about a year.
There are many apple trees around the city that don’t get used – if you don’t have your own tree, perhaps you could go and pick some apples and bring them along! For hints about this, see the website of Southampton’s Urbane Forager.
Hope to see you there!
NOTE – this is a free event for everyone in the community, but if on the day you can make a contribution to our costs, we would appreciate it. We have to collect, clean and return the equipment and we donate £10 to Ashurst and Colbury Community Group for the loan of the equipment.