It's that time of the year again when hubby is busy picking blackberries and apples from the garden. I really can't believe just how many of both fruits we have harvested this year.
Several years ago, hubby decided to buy a small press, as so many apples were going to waste, and, this way, we have delicious apple juice for many months to come. This is our small Press -
First of all, the apples are taken out of the freezer to thaw out, which takes about four hours - it is important not to let the apples get too soft at this stage, otherwise it doesn't work.
The apples are then put into the Press -
The pressing process then begins -
The lovely apple juice starts to flow -
This is what we are left with (which is called the cake) - which will now go onto the compost heap at the bottom of the garden, preferably with a lid, because the wasps get very interested in it, especially at this time of the year!
The apple juice is then filtered -
And here we have the finished product! Voila!
Now this really is PURE apple juice. I can't tell you just how good it tasted. We put the juice into juice cartons and then any surplus can be frozen for up to, say, three months. CHEERS!
I really love the following two quotes, and I hope you enjoy them too. I firmly believe in these words and try to live my life accordingly. My dear mum always used to say "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap" and I think this is so very true.
“We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest" Quote by Orison Swett Marden.
“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices no more easily made. And give, give in any way you can, of whatever you posses. To give is to love. To withhold is to wither. Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace.” Quote by Kent Nerburn.
Finally today, I would just like to wish my dear Japanese friend, Orchid, a very happy birthday today. If you haven't visited her before, I'm sure she would be thrilled if you popped over to say hallo. She really is a very sweet lady. I woke up early this morning, in order to make Orchid this little cake. Happy Birthday sweet friend!
Sending hugs to all my bloggy friends today.