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Apple pressing days October 2014

The Autumn is the time when the apples are at their best and through the Blackdown Hills Transition Group a couple of apple pressing days were organised this month.  The first was held at Otterhead Lodge, next to Otterhead Lakes.  We had quite a few Bramley apples from when we had to cut down the tree for the builders to dig drains across the lawn, so we took them along.  Neil’s sister Carole was with us too, and she helped in the first stage which was crushing the apples.

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We then took the crushed apples over to the presses.  The first stage is load the crushed apple into the bag in the press and then tighten.

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As you screw down, pressure is exerted on the crushed apple and the juice comes out the bottom.

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The juice is brown in colour as it has oxidised in the air.  when we had pressed all our apple pulp we used jugs to transfer it into plastic bottles that could then go into the freezer.

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If you don’t freeze it but leave it out for a few days it will start to ferment and turn into cider.

There was a nice atmosphere at Otterhead, with a camp fire, music,  and food and refreshments provided by some of folk from Stentwood community whose apple pressing day was the following weekend.

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So this last weekend was Stentwood’s turn to host apple pressing.  They had several marquees set up in case of inclement weather, but Sunday was sunny and a lovely day.  They were serving their wood fired pizzas, with warm spiced apple juice – delicious!!

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They also had a craft tent, a tent where you could try and then buy different types of apples, and live music.

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Again a lovely atmosphere and a nice way to wend away a couple of hours.

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Jubilee celebrations part 2 – hog roast and disco

Saturday evening there was a hog roast and disco in a great big marquee in Buckland House.  Over 200 local people attended, and we all had to queue up for the hog roast in a bap, but it was worth the wait.  Unfortunately it rained that evening and the actual hog roast was outside the marquee, so a quick dash in the rain to pick up our food and then back to the marquee.  But I had to laugh as where we were sitting the marquee leaked and we were being dripped on.

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It was a good community event and it was all free, so no one can complain at that!!  These jubilee celebrations have certainly been pulling people together. Sunday morning there was  a combined church service in Buckland Church to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years and in the afternoon there was Cream Tea at a couple of houses in Newtown.  Unfortunately it just poured with rain in the afternoon so we stayed at home and watched the river pageant on the TV instead. More celebrations on Monday, so watch out for the next blog!! www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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