We did manage to harvest a crate of elderberries which where combined with apples to reach the volume needed to squeeze for the juice and this juice tastes amazing. It has a nice colour to.
We have so many apples this year that we divided the harvest over 3 times of picking, bringing away and picking up our juice, but finally we have finished this year’s harvest of apples. We have 231 litres of apple juice, which is a lot and will last us longer than the 2 years we need to store for. (These 3 older trees on our property only have a useful amount of apples every 2 years. The other year there are hardly any apples on these trees)
The apple elderberry juice we have 39 litres and I am very happy for that, since it is very good for your health. Next year we have to try to harvest the elderberries before the birds eat all of them.
The juice we get in these 3 Litre bags with a little tap for which we have a box to put them in. I usually do not like to put food or drinks in plastic, but the advantage of these bags is that the juice, after opening a bag, does not turn bad. While using the bag falls together and no air gets in. This way the juice lasts a very long time without fermenting. The apple juice has a bit lighter colour as it did last year and the apple elderberry juice has a very beautiful colour.
2 thoughts on “Making apple juice and the birds ate my elderberries”
My goodness, that is a lot of apples! We usually get about 3 litres of juice from one press and we’re trying to do enough to last us a year but it will be nothing like on your scale. Those bags are an excellent idea, I’ve never seen them before ~ do you pasteurise the juice first or does it go in raw? Good luck with beating the birds to the elderberries next year!
The juice gets pasteurised first and then filled into those bags, still warm. We where lucky with these trees already on the property when we bought it.
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