Workshop: Hard Apple Cider at Home
Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
Santa Cruz, CA
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Learn to preserve the bounty of your apple trees by making apple cider! This is a great way to use less-than-perfect or blemished apples and those windfalls of fruit that are the blessings of autumn. Cider is a way to preserve apple juice naturally using the same fermentation process that is used to make wine.
"...hard cider was the favored beverage of America's founding generation. Beer makers may adorn their bottles with ale-swilling patriots, and aristocrats like Thomas Jefferson may have enjoyed imported wine. But cider was the drink of the people, from farmers to fighting men, and deservedly so. Good cider is light but not boring, complex but not dominating, satisfying but not sating." -- Slate.com
In this class, you will get to see how produce hard apple cider from start to finish. We will start by pressing apples in a hand-turned apple press and then proceed through the stages of fermentation, racking, and bottling. After this class, you should have the experience and know-how to make your own batches of cider at home, year after year.
If you (or a friendly neighbor) have a tree full of apples or any other fruit, don't let that bounty go to waste! The skills learned in this class can be used to make a variety of other fruit wines such as plum wine, berry wine, and more.
Note: Hard cider is an zero-emissions food product, as no heating is required to make it. We will be using sulfites for a more predictable outcome, but you can make your own cider without sulfites. Depending on the amount of sugar present in the apples, the alcoholic content of the end product will range from 6% to 11%.
When & Where
Love Apple Farms
Love Apple Farms is the exclusive kitchen garden for world recognized Manresa Restaurant. In addition to growing delicious vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers for Chef David Kinch, we are also dedicated to teaching folks how to up their game and lower their carbon footprint. We also host monthly farm dinners and private events. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to have us custom craft an on-the-farm experience for your family or work group.
Our extensive roster of gardening, preserving, and cooking classes holds interest for just about everyone. Gift certificates are also available.