Apple pressing 2019


The apple press will be available at all the Black Isle community markets from North Kessock on 28 September to Fortrose on 2 November.  Bring your clean apples and containers for the juice, and be prepared to work at cutting, crushing and pressing. 

For larger volumes of apples, you may wish to hire the apple press for the day (£5 per day for TBI members, £10 per day for non-TBI members).  All the apple press equipment (including crusher, buckets, strainers etc) are housed in a contained trailer, and requires a towbar to be uplifted.

To view availability of the apple press, please look first at the Apple Press Calendar (https://tinyurl.com/TBIApplePress).  The calendar will not display who has made a booking, but it will display its general location (e.g. Fortrose).  Please take this into consideration when looking for a suitable date as it may be easier to co-ordinate with the previous booker, and this will reduce transport.

Bookings can be made by emailing Duncan Scott at   glenugie@hotmail.com (preferred), or by phone   07923 829542.  The apple press is stored at Glenugie, Culbokie, IV7 8NA.

Upon confirmation of your booking, you will be presented with guidelines and a declaration form that needs to filled in and either scanned and emailed to the address above, sent to Glenugie or taken when you collect the press.

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How to Harvest, Store and Process Apples

Toni has forwarded an email and video on this topic from Growveg.co.uk.  Here is a link to the page with this guide on the Growveg website.  You can either read the text, with pictures, or view the video from the second picture (the soundtrack is the same as the text).  For all sorts of other information and advice on growing vegetable, browse the Growveg site at  https://www.growveg.co.uk/

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Autumn Food Preserving

Changeworks Autumn 2018 'Too Good to Waste' e-Bulletin has links to various sites with interesting recipes for chutneys and jams. 

Preserving your excess fruit and veg 

It’s time to get your taste buds tingling with some delicious chutneys and jams! They’re the perfect way to use up those abundant autumnal fruit and veg and preserve them for months to come. 

The beauty of chutney and jam is that you can use fruit and veg in both. They can be sweet, savoury, spicy or mild – don’t be afraid to get creative and try out some new flavour combinations! We love the sound of this earthy beetroot chutney and tangy green tomato jam

Still struggling with the bounty? Why not share it by putting some out the front of your house with a ‘help yourself’ note on the box/bag for passersby to take what they want.

 Read the full bulletin.

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