Students in the Career and Technical Education Center’s Conservation, MiTech and Animal Science programs were able to test their hand at pressing their own fresh apple cider on Oct. 2.
Conservation teacher Mr. Lacelle spoke to the group about the process of growing apples and how the wooden food grinder and cider press work before each student had the opportunity to pick out an apple and turn the wheel on the food grinder to mash it. Once the mash barrel was full, Mr. Lacelle cranked the press to compress the mash and force the apple juices into a collection tray at the bottom of the machine.
Each student was able to sample the unfiltered, unsweetened apple cider that they had just helped to create. The apples used to make the cider were picked by MiTech students during a visit to North Star Orchards on Sept. 30.