First, start the day with a good country breakfast on the porch: fresh eggs, homemade biscuits, bacon, honey butter, fresh peach jam made by my sister Theresa, apple cider and hot coffee. Hannah helped get everything ready.
Then get the apples. Amy and Larry head up into the tree to shake apples down.
Next pick up the apples, wash them in a big washtub,
and grind and squish.
Let the pets help--from a distance.
grind and squish some more, strain the resulting juice into jugs, tape the lids tightly shut, and freeze.
Then get more apples...
hang out in the tree for pictures,
and if you're Haley, go all the way to the top!
Then grind and squish some more, until all 15 jugs are filled, everyone is sticky and full of good cold cider.
Last, get out the grill and the chicken and put Derek to work. Make potatoes in mushroom-herb sauce, a big tossed salad, garlic bread with cheese spread, sit down on the porch and the deck, and eat.
That's how we make cider at our house, and I sure wish you could have been there with us.
You can see photos and stories from the last time we made cider here.