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Monday, 19 September 2011

Making Of The Apple Juice And A Birthday Wish

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.


“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.






29 comments:

Belle said...

Hugs to you too, Sweetie! I had friends who used to make apple juice and it is delicious. It's wonderful you can do that. The quotes are lovely and true. I will go visit Orchid right now. Have a great day.

Claudia Moser said...

Funnily enough next weekend in our small part of the world we will have the Apple Festival and we will also make apple juice. It is indeed yummy! Have a nice week my dear friend!

Gawgus things... said...

Apple juice looks scrummy! I love those two quotes - as Earl would say, Karma, my dear friend - what goes around comes around :)Oh, and Happy Birthday to Orchid!!

Shelly said...

I always end up with a little drool after I've read your luscious posts. Fresh apple juice- can't get much better than that! Loved your quotes and I'm heading over to Orchid's blog right now-

SkippyMom said...

Orchid is a dear sweetheart, isn't she! I hope she has a lovely birthday.

That is great with the apple juice. I bet the grandkids love it. :)

Shady Del Knight said...

That juice looks good enough to drink, Thisisme! :) My mouth is puckering and I'm salivating just by looking at it. Making your own fresh juice is so much better than store bought, isn't it? We have an orange tree and a lime tree and squeeze and freeze juice at the end of every growing season. I appreciate those affirmations. Wiser words were never written. The more you give the more abundance comes your way. Happy Monday to you, dear friend!

Shady Del Knight said...

Happy birthday, dear Orchid!

orchid said...

Oh, My Dear Lady!!!
First of all, I'm SO GRATEFUL for the wonderful birthday cake from you♡♡♡ My gooness,I never expect that I could get one from anyone♪♪♪
How sweet it looks, I love these lovely roses very much and the way candles are surrounding roses.
No cake today expect your lovely one. Today happened to be the Aged People's Day in Japan. And I spent almost all day at his old people's home. He looked fine and smiled at me when he saw me. That's what all I needed.
Hubby and I got really interested and enjoyed how your juice are made. Wow, lots of work to do and we admire both of you for the work. It is worth it,isn't it♪♪♪

I LOVE the saying your mother said. "As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap" is more biblical with the word "ye" than the text box, which I loved. And thank you for sharing the quotations as well.

Many, many thanks to you, Orchid*

Also,I truly appreciate all the good wishes for me written by your friends, thank you SO MUCH.

Darlene said...

The apple juice looks so delicious! My hubby wants to make his own old-fashioned cider. Going over to meet Orchid.

Chatty Crone said...

That apple juice looks delicious! Wish I had some.

Love the second quote - we must be gentle with others - we are all different - we are all valuable!

sandie♥

Bouncin' Barb said...

Pure apple juice. Mmmmm. Great post This. You're baking skills never cease to amaze me.

Masia Mum said...

So far the apple trees we planted in Spain are not old enough to produce a crop worth pressing but we can beat the world on tomatoes. I never knew I could be frightened by the sight of a glut of tomatoes in our vegetable garden. We found it almost impossible to keep up with the ripening fruit. Vast amounts of Roasted Tomato Soup was cooked and eaten hot and drank cold with ice [delicious]. We gave tomatoes away to our holiday apartment guests, to our electrician, to the guys who come to look after the pool - no visitor was safe!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Very interesting post today.

I have never seen an apple press for making juice before.
What a fantastic idea and lucky you to have wonderful fresh juice to drink each morning.

I love the quote about being gentle with yourself.

Have a good week


x Fiona

kyna... said...

That apple juice looks soooo good! I LOVE fresh apple juice! Yummy!
♥ Kyna

Desiree said...

Rather oddly, although I enjoy eating fresh apples I have never enjoyed drinking apple juice. But perhaps the difference lies in how freshly pressed it is? The quotes you have shared here are very wise and true.

Happy Birthday, Orchid! I hope you had a truly wonderful day. Diane outdid herself with that beautiful cake!

Eva Ason said...

Hugs are being sent from Ireland :-)
An interesting post, nice to see how you make your apple juice, that looks just so delicious. It seem so lovely there on the country side.
I agree - what we give we receive back one way or the other!
Have a lovely evening my friend.

Thisisme. said...

Everyone - thank you so much for popping over to leave your lovely messages. Please forgive me for not replying individually today, but I have been really poorly last night and today , so I haven't got out of bed. See you all soon my friends.

Grammy Goodwill said...

What an interesting post. I used to live in Winchester, VA which was famous for its apples. We had a contraption to chop the apples for applesauce. My BFF and her family always makes apple butter. But you are the first person I know who makes apple juice. I bet it's delicious!

becca said...

YUM will be right over for a glass of juice as soon as i remember where i put my dang wings..i'm always misplaing them. oh and a big happy birday to Orchid

Shady Del Knight said...

Oh my, I'm so sorry to learn that you're not feeling well, Thisisme! Please take care and know that I'm thinking about you!

Stella said...

Oh! I can just taste that juice so sweet and tart on my tongue. Thanks for the sip. Wonderful quote!

orchid said...

Oh, My Dear Lady,
Please take a good rest.
TAKE GOOD CARE of YOURSELF!!!
LOVE miyako,

Katherines Corner said...

Oh how wonderful and maybe a bit of fun too. I'm sure it tastes delish xo

Katherines Corner said...

P.S. couldn't get the comment link to work on your mini skirt win, Big congratulations my friend ( yes I voted for you) Hugs

flowers on my table said...

Wow that juice looks good! Happy Birthday to Orchid. Lots of love to you. I enjoyed your quoted, love Linda x

flowers on my table said...

Hi Diane, many thanks for your lovely comments. I cried a lot when writing that post, you must have picked up on that. I don't really know why, because they were happy memories.Keep drinking that juice...it must be soo good for you. I am quite tempted to get a press.Have a happy day, love Linda x

kneesandpaws said...

Dear Diane, I loved the quote so much that I plan to print it out and use this as part of my business and teaching philosophy. Thank you so much for sharing it!

Desiree said...

I have just popped round to check up on you, Diane! I see from the comment above that you haven't been well. I do hope you're well on the mend now :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Well you know the storm kept me away so I am here catching up better late than never, must show this to the other half. As you know I have already given him instructions. sorry to hear all the partying and taste of fame has taken its toll on your stamina and well being. Get better soon. xx