What dates are there in 2019?
Open Days at Old Sleningford Farm:
Saturday 24th August
Saturday 21st September
Saturday 28th September (pressing only, no
Saturday 5th October
Sunday 13th October (pressing only, no
Saturday 19th October
Saturday 26th October
Saturday 9th November
Apple Pressing at other events - see separate
details at the end of this page:
Masham Market – Saturday 31st August
Newby Hall Gardens - Sunday 29th
Walled Garden, Ripon - Saturday 12th October
Information about juicing open days at Old
Sleningford Farm .....
Arrive anytime after 10am, please
don't turn up before as we usually have apples to press ourselves and being
watched makes us grumpy and feel under pressure! Last entry at 2pm,
which will enable us to be finished before it gets 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/
a list of community juicing days
We 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?
We do the pressing days to encourage people to make use of food that may
normally go to waste so we don’t charge but do ask for donations for use of the
equipment (we suggest 25p a litre pressed).
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
There is a cost for pasteurising and cider making, see details below, near the
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 to take home then yes, all the juice you
make is from your apples. If you would like it pasteurising that depends – see details
below near the end.
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 may have capacity to take them so please bring them along with you.
You can have juice pasteurised or made in to cider if you have too much fresh
juice – see details below near the end. Other places that accept excess apples
are Thornborough Cider if you're close to Ripon or in the East Riding Colemans
Cider. See their websites for details.
Do I need to wash the apples before I
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 have juice pasteurised or made in to cider, see details below
near the end.
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, you can leave it for pasteurising or making in to cider, see
details below near the end.
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
Yes, it can be pasteurised or turned in to cider – see details below near the
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 instructions.
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?
Vigo are 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
Pasteurising is heat treating the juice to kill off yeast and bacteria which
then means it can be kept at ambient temperature and will last for 2 years
unopened. Perfect if you’ve not much freezer space and want juice to last all
year, or give it as presents (with a handmade label on!)
You leave the juice with me, I bottle and pasteurise it and you collect it a
few days later, before the next open day at the farm as I’ve no storage space.
I provide the bottles, which can be returned for re-use. You will need to bring
boxes or bags to put the bottles in to to take them home.
If you have more than 60 litres of juice (around 120kg apples) it can be separated
and you will receive your own juice back. Less than 60 litres it will be added
to a larger container with other peoples and you will receive the appropriate
number of bottles back for the amount of juice you had. So some of the juice in
the bottle will be yours.
Pasteurised in litre bottles.
Cost is £1.75 per bottle, which includes the donation for use of equipment.
Returned bottles must be spotlessly clean, dry and the tamper evident strip
removed from the neck. I give 10p for every bottle returned in this state. Any
others I cannot accept as I don’t have time to clean as well as sterilise them
before reusing. It also helps me greatly if they can be returned before 1st
September so I can get them sterilised before the main pressing days start.
You can take home you fresh juice and put it in an air locked container and
make your own cider, there is some information on the cider making pages on
NEW FOR 2019 – I can make cider for you!
You leave your juice, I put in an air locked container with some yeast
It ferments, I rack it off and leave to mature over summer
When ready for bottling I will sweeten, bottle and pasteurise it (to stop if
fermenting again in the bottle)
You collect it at the following years apple pressing, or other date if that’s
Minimum of 25 litres, in combinations of 25 litres (fermenting vessels have 25
You will get at least 20 litres back (some is lost when racking off)
50cl bottles with a crown cork, minimum of 40 bottles.
£1.25 per bottle. £20 deposit to be left with the juice, balance to be paid on
collection of the bottles.
If you are interested in having some cider made, please get in touch as I will need to order sufficient fermenting vessels.
Information about juicing at other events ....
We 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
For all these events:
Apples 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).
You must bring suitable containers to take your
juice home (see details above for how much juice you can expect / what type of
There 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.
I will not be able to pasteurise any juice from
these pressings, all of it will need to be taken away fresh.
Donations for use of the equipment will be
appreciated and we suggest 25p per litre pressed. Donations from Masham Market
and Newby Hall will go towards Old Sleningford Farm and from the Walled Garden
will be given to them.
Masham Market, High Summer Food and Drink Fair:
Saturday 31st August. 10am to 4pm (last pressing 3pm). In the market
square with easy parking near to the pressing.
Newby Hall Gardens Apple Day and Season close:
Sunday 29th September. 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.
The Walled Garden, Ripon, Apple Day and Plant Sale:
Saturday 12th October. 10am to 4pm (last pressing 3pm). The Walled Garden is a
horticultural project for adults with learning difficulties in Ripon. Free
entry, donations appreciated. Volunteers with trolleys will be on hand to bring
your apples to the pressing area, just ask for help.
And if this hasn't answered your question,
please get in touch !