Crushing and pressing fruit to extract juice is a process rich in history, with the production of apple juice and cider stretching back to Norman times. Things have moved on a bit since then, and today, pressing your own, home-grown fruit could not be easier – especially with some help from Harrod Horticultural!
The Lowestoft-based mail order garden supplies company have recently boosted their exceptionally popular fruit pressing range with the addition of a 12 litre Spindle Grape and Fruit Press, allowing you to add grape juice and even wine to the home-made drinks list!
The spindle press is the perfect accompaniment to the existing fruit pressing line-up which boasts a Fruit Crusher – designed to reduce apples and pears to exactly the right consistency to extract the maximum amount of juice – and 12, 20 and 36 litre Fruit Presses, capable of producing 4.5, 8 and 12 litres respectively of sparkling, fresh-asa-daisy, pure fruit juice from every pressing.
All the fruit presses in the Harrod stable are built to last from steel and finished in an attractive red polyester food-friendly coating; the press barrels are manufactured from beech staves and all four models of can be permanently and securely fixed to a work surface for easy pressing, allowing you to squeeze every last drop from
those surplus apples and pears.
And although the forward-thinking company – which recently scooped the reader-voted Grow Your Own magazine “Most Innovative Equipment Stockist” award – focus on making use of windfalls, gluts of apples and damaged or blemished fruit with their fruit press range, there’s plenty in the locker for gardeners with fruit good enough to eat!
Ensure you have a delicate and extendable Fruit Picker Basket and Handle standing by to carefully pluck those hard-to-reach fruits and once the harvest is safely gathered in, the Stackable and 10 Drawer Apple Racks keep the produce stored in style until it’s ready to eat. Video clips on the Harrod Horticultural website are a valuable resource for would-be home fruit pressers and with comprehensive instruction leaflets and realms of information in both the catalogues and online product pages, you’ll be sipping your own fruit juice, enjoying a pint of scrumpy or sampling your very own vintage in no time!