I recently posted about my hugely successful apple cider experiment last fall. I loved it so much that I’ve decided to start working on a plan to produce larger quantities.
Herrick Kimball wrote a book called Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Apple Grinder & Cider Press. He’s the same guy I’ve written about before who has written a number of how to books, namely the book on how to build your own chicken plucker.
Mr. Kimball continually challenges his readers to “be a scrounger” and find parts as cheaply as you can. This past week or so I’ve started collecting parts. I found a craigslist ad for free lumber scrapped from a home remodel and all I had to do was pull out a few nails here and there. I also visited a “ReStore” nearby that sells construction supplies that were taken from homes being torn down, remodeled, etc.
It was at that store that I found the prize: the Insinkerator 333-SS! It is a garbage disposal that is all stainless steel on the inside. To buy new it would be over $200 but I only paid $5 for it (the store owner made me a special deal with the stipulation that I take him some cider). I tore into it and found it all to be in good condition. I just have to clean it up a little. You must have stainless steel parts rather than galvanized internal parts because the acidity of the apples will rust that steel in a hurry.
We plan on making sweet cider, hard cider and perhaps even applesauce with my new toys once complete. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
Other Apple Grinder/Cider Press Posts:
Apple Cider Vinegar (future post)
Hard Cider (future post)