About Cider Press
Cider is a popular drink in the UK, with many people choosing to make their own at home. While some use kits that just need pre-squeezed apple juice, an alternative is to buy a cider press to make your own cider from scratch.
Cider presses vary in terms of their capacity, from small table top cider presses designed for home users up to larger scale commercial presses for those looking to sell their juice or alcoholic fruit drinks. Many are not just designed to crush apples, but can also press other fruits such as grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits and more. Once the fruit is put in the press, it is compressed to release all of its juice, which is collected ready for you to either drink as juice or to ferment.
A cider press can be operated either manually or mechanically. Most cider presses designed for domestic usage are manual: the fruit is gradually compacted as it releases more juice, and as it compacts, the user manually tightens the press.
Many cider presses will be made from stainless steel, with several of them housed in a wooden barrel to give them a more rustic look. Buying a cider press is a good way to use up a surplus of fruit, with it generally taking around 10 kilograms of apples to produce a gallon of cider, and between 6 and 7 kilograms of grapes to produce a gallon of wine. Apples will generally need to be crushed before they can be pressed, to make it easier.