Juicing Open Days 2017
Our Apple Juicing
Open days are very popular, these Frequently Asked Questions should ensure
you arrive prepared.
Please read them
fully and carefully and if you have any questions that aren't answered here
then please use the contact us page.
What dates are there in 2017?
Days at Old Sleningford Farm:
30th August (early date added due to apples being ready early!)
** ADDITIONAL DATE ** Sunday 24th September
Pressing at other events - see separate details at the end:
Carr Gardens - Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
Hall Gardens - Sunday 1st October
Garden, Ripon - Saturday 14th October
Information about juicing open days at Old
Sleningford Farm .....
Arrive anytime after 10am, please don't turn up before
as we may be grumpy and won't be ready for you! Last entry at 2pm,
which will enable us to be finished before it get's dark.
Do I need to book?
No, just turn up on any of the advertised dates between 10am and 2pm. No
time slots are allocated, you just join in when the equipment becomes free and
it's your turn. There may be a queue on busy days but the kettle is always on
for teas and coffees (donation appreciated), bring a picnic if you think you
could be here over lunchtime
What if I can't make any of the dates?
These are the only dates available so please don't ask if there are any
There are a number of other
projects that have apple juicing days that may be nearer to you – please don’t
think you are taking away ‘business’ from us if you decide to go elsewhere, we
will encourage you to! Here are a few of them:
Middlesborough - https://www.menvcity.org.uk/patchwork/ ,
Facebook @patchworkorchard and telephone number, 01642 579820 and ask for Dewi
Otley Chevin Orchard Project – facebook @otleychevinorchardproject.
Leeds Urban Harvest - http://www.leedsurbanharvest.org.uk/
has a list of community juicing days
also encourage people to buy their own equipment, especially if a village, town
or group can get together and then organise their own juicing open days.
Equipment is available from Vigo or Winegrowersand a reasonably priced scratter
from The Cider Workshop . Cheaper presses are available from
various sellers, just do an internet search, but cheaper often means lower
quality. This Ebay seller has
equipment but we wouldn't like to say what the quality is like. If you are just
making juice for own consumption, you can use a garden shredder (well cleaned
of course!) and buy a small press, we wouldn't recommend a manual scratter as
they are very inefficient at crushing the apples and the juice yield is much
How much is it?
There is no charge, we do it to encourage people to make use of food
that may normally go to waste. However, we do ask for donations for use of the
equipment (we suggest 25p a litre pressed).
If you would like any juice pasteurising the cost is £1.75 per litre which
includes your donation for the use of equipment.
The donations from previous years have gone towards trees in our
forest garden and our juicing and pasteurising equipment. We have also helped
other groups to set up open days like ours and are looking for other projects
What type of apples can be juiced?
All apples will give you juice, even crab apples. We've found the best
tasting juice is a mixture of eating and cooking apples - too many eaters and
it can be too sweet and even insipid, too many cookers and it can be too sharp
and acidic. However, bring what you have, it may be possible to blend with
other peoples juice.
Can pears be juiced?
Yes, either on their own or mixed in with apples. Eating pears are a lot
sweeter than apples, which makes a good blend especially with cooking apples.
Some pears are very hard and don't taste very good, we've found these often
make a really good tasting pear juice, so don't discard them! We think they'd
also make a good pear cider, but haven't tried it ourselves.
How many apples can I bring?
As many as you've got. Our equipment can cope with large volumes of
apples, one press can do 40kg at a time, the other 2 x 60kg at a time. If you
have more apples than you need, we will gladly take them from you, please let
us know. If you have a large amount, think about getting your own equipment
(see 'What if I can't make any of the dates?' question above)
How can I tell how many apples I have?
As a general guide a carrier bag full will be around 4kg, a builders
bucket around 10kg, an animal feed sack around 20kg, a dustbin full around
How much juice will I get?
Roughly 2kg of apples will give you 1 litre of juice.
Will I get my own juice back?
If you are just making fresh juice then yes, all the juice you make is from
your apples. If you would like it pasteurising that depends - 60 litres and
above (120kg apples approx.) then yes, it can be your own juice that is bottled
and returned to you. Any less than 60 litres will be mixed with other
peoples juice so the bottles you get will contain some of your juice.
Can I use windfalls?
Yes, providing they don't have any mould on them. They will need to be
washed carefully to make sure any soil or contamination from animals is
Can I use bruised apples?
Yes, providing they haven't gone mouldy. And badly bruised bits can be
cut out if you want.
Can I use apples with scab on the skin?
Yes. Apples that you wouldn't want to eat because of the look of the
skin are perfect for juicing - you don't waste them!
What if I have more apples than I need?
We'll gladly take them from you and do a deal for donations or
pasteurised apple juice, so please bring them along. Please get in touch if you have
any spare apples or pears.
Do I need to wash the apples before I come?
No, but it will speed up the process once you get to us. All apples need
to be washed before being juiced, we have some big sinks and drainers that can
be used. The water will be cold, rubber gloves can help so bring some along, we
cannot provide rubber gloves.
How many containers will I need?
Enough to put your juice in! 2kg of apples will give you 1 litre of
juice. Containers need to be sealable to get you home without ending up with a
car full of juice. We do not have any containers so please make sure you bring
What kind of containers do I need?
Depends what you want to do with the juice:
- Fresh juice will start to ferment after a week or so it's best to put it into
non-glass containers just in case, glass will explode with the pressure of
fermentation. Used pop bottles or tetrapacks (fruit juice cartons) are perfect,
and they can be frozen if you want to keep the juice for longer. They need to
be rinsed out, you can sterilise them with (Milton for example). Used plastic
milk bottles can be used, but they do need to be sterilised to make sure a
sour milk smell doesn't spoil the apple juice taste.
- If you want to turn your juice in to cider you'll need a container that has
an airlock attached. This can be a glass demijohn, which holds a gallon (about
5 litres), or a plastic fermenting vessel, which can be a purpose made one
(from a wine/brew shop) or a homemade one (a container with a hole drilled in
the lid to fit the bung and airlock). We use 20/25/30 litre containers, which
have previously been used for industrial alcohol, distilled water or anything
else food related! They're similar to water containers for caravans,
you'll find loads on an internet search. Cleanliness is vital when making
cider, unless you want cider vinegar, so it's a good idea to sterilise any
container to be used for fermenting.
- If you are leaving your juice to be pasteurised, you don't need containers as
we will provide glass bottles
I've not got enough containers, have you any spare?
No, please make sure you bring enough with you. If you have more juice
than containers, we are happy for you to donate your excess to us
How long will my juice last?
Fresh juice will start to ferment after about a week, even if kept in
the fridge. If you want to keep it longer, it freezes well and you can take it
out and drink as and when required (see above re containers).
Is there an alternative to freezing fresh juice?
Yes, it can be pasteurised, which is heat treated to kill off yeasts and
bacteria therefore stopping it fermenting. Pasteurising correctly will give a 2
year shelf life. We can pasteurise your juice, just leave the juice with us, no
need to bring any containers as we provide glass bottles, and collect a
couple of days later. The cost is £1.50 per litre bottle pasteurised
plus your donation for using the equipment. You will need to collect
within a couple of days and bring some boxes or bags to take the bottles home
I'd like to make cider, how do I do that?
See the cider
making information and we'll gladly discuss the process and give
further guidance if needs be when you come juicing.
I had some juice pasteurised last year, can I bring the bottles back?
IMPORTANT! We will only accept returned bottles if they are
spotlessly clean and have the lid and tamper evident strip removed.
Any you bring back dirty will be returned to you - they need to be
ready to put straight in to sterilising solution as we do not have the
time to wash them or have room to store them. You can bring them with lids on
to keep clean but we will ask you to remove them when you leave them. For
any bottles returned you will get a 10p reduction in the cost of any
new juice pasteurised.
Can children come?
Yes, any age is welcome. Parents are responsible for their offspring at
all times, there is electricity in use and the equipment can cause injury if
not used properly, so it's best if children behave themselves! We give full
instruction on how to use the equipment safely but reserve the right to ask
anyone, regardless of age, to leave if they are not behaving or following
Can I bring my dog?
We'd prefer not as we have animals at the farm, it can get very busy and we are
dealing with food so try and be as hygienic as possible. However we understand
you may have to bring your dog so if it's unavoidable please keep
them on a lead and away from other people and the equipment. We can direct
you to a public footpath near the farm if they need a walk.
Where do you get your equipment from?
the specialists is juicing equipment, you can find it cheaper elsewhere but you
may not get the quality that Vigo equipment has. See question above 'What if I
can't make any of the dates?' for more links to suppliers.
Can you come out to us and do a demonstration or for a group of us to
juice our apples?
Afraid not, we are fully booked up for the season
Information about juicing at other events ....
will be at the following events demonstrating apple pressing and the venues are
happy for the public to bring their apples to be juiced. Details vary for each
event, and are different to the open days at the farm.
Harlow Carr, Real Ale and Cider Weekend .
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. 12 noon to 6pm (last apple pressing
4.30pm). Normal admission to the gardens apply. I will be pressing in the
greenhouse, near to The Little Bettys Café, which is a fair walk from the
entrance. If you have a large amount of apples, come and find me first and I
will direct you to a car drop off point near to the pressing.
Gardens, Apple Day and season close . Sunday 1st October. 11am to 4pm (last pressing 3pm). Normal admission applies. I will be
pressing near the restaurant, which is a fair walk from the entrance. If you
have a large amount of apples, come and find me first and I will direct you to
a car drop off point near to the pressing
Garden, Ripon. Apple Day and Plant Sale. Saturday
14th October. 10am to 4pm (last pressing 3pm). The Walled Garden is a
horticultural project for adults with learning difficulties in Ripon. Free
entry, donations will go to The Walled Garden. Volunteers with trolleys will be
on hand to bring your apples to the pressing area, just ask for help.
For all these events:
must be washed before bringing them, there are no facilities to wash them on
site. Dirty apples will not be pressed. (See details above for what types of
apple etc can be used).
must bring suitable containers to take your juice home (see details above for
how much juice you can expect / what type of containers etc)
will be members of the public at these events who may want to sample your
juice. We will try to limit the amount of juice given away but please be
prepared to share some of it with others.
will not be able to pasteurise any juice from these pressings, all of it will
need to be taken away fresh.
for use of the equipment will be appreciated and we suggest 25p per litre
pressed. Donations from Harlow Carr and Newby Hall will go towards Old
Sleningford Farm and from the Walled Garden will be given to them.