Washington’s Annual Cider Press

Chris’s self-proclaimed “best holiday in the world” just began and ended last weekend.  Dubbed Pider Cress (you read that right), the annual cider press is a family event and one that we’ve missed the past two years while living abroad.  Last year Chris swore that he wouldn’t miss another and he held true to his word.  With help from over 20 family member and friends, we cleaned, sliced, crushed, and bottled well over 1,000 lbs of delicious Washington apples.

While we can’t disclose the secret family recipe for the best apple cider in the world, we can give you a little insider’s peek as to what goes on every second week in October at the family orchard.

Psst.  Off the record- we used golden delicious, red delicious, and good old granny smith apples.


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  1. Bethany ~ twoOregonians
    October 14, 2011 at 9:50 am - Reply

    LOVE it. You guys crack me up. Well done… We didn’t get to press any this year, but my in-laws saved us a bunch from their big cider party down in the valley. I’m thinking the fermentation route is the way to go 🙂

    • Captain & Clark
      October 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      We ended up taking home 10 gallons of cider and it’s almost all gone! Sadly, I don’t think they’re going to last long enough to ferment. Enjoy your cider. I’m sure it’ll be delicious!

  2. Kieu ~ GQ trippin
    October 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    “It’s like 300.. but with produce!” Lol.. Too funny. Ok so when you deliver your letter in NZ, can you deliver us a bottle of cider too? 🙂

    • Captain & Clark
      October 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Haha we’ll see what we can do! We’re only down to one gallon so it might be tough 🙂 Excited to meet up though!

  3. Glenn Dixon
    October 15, 2011 at 8:13 am - Reply

    but does it ferment? 🙂

    • Captain & Clark
      October 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      You better believe it does… if you can wait long enough! 🙂

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