The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4014551
Posted By: Jon Freeman
20-Oct-19 - 11:51 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Mum has decided she wants to try doing a bit more baking again and that triggered a small sort out of the baking tins. There were 2 bun trays and 2 loaf tins in very good condition but the round ones I found were in a very poor state. I’ve disposed of them and got her a pair of 8” springform deep
tins and a pair of shallower 7” loose bottom tins. Hopefully that’s her (and possibly me one day if I decide to join in) set up for a while.

I got the juicer out of a shed yesterday. I need to find the sterilising powder (should be tucked away in another shed together with plastic bottles) and give it a thorough cleaning. I’m not sure its working right as both speeds seem the same to me but it will have to do for the (home grown and not that brilliant) grapes we want to try.

Apples were the main juicing project here. We had a system going where I had 3 demijohns which I’d fill with juice from the juicer and syphon off into bottles for the freezer. Mum used to wash and cut the apples as needed, I’d put the apples through the machine, etc. and the bottling was a combined effort. It was a bit of a chore but we processed up to 3 wheelbarrow loads of apples that way.

We did get an apple press and crusher towards the end of our apple projects but, even though these things seem to do wonders on videos, I never had much joy with it and seemed to get better yields of juice with the machine. That and those particular apples would yield a nice pink juice rather than brown through the machine.

Either way, our old “juicing tree” no longer gives the yields it used to, neither mum nor I want to get involved in longer projects and we didn’t replace the small chest freezer bought for juice and cordials after it packed in.

I've said it a few times at home but we really must get round to finding a home for the press and crusher. Although they were quite expensive, personally I’m not bothered about money for them although I’d like someone to collect. They won’t be used here again and it seems a shame that they just lie idle in a shed in the field.

The grass really needs cutting here but I’ve not felt up to it. I think I might get the “garden helper” mum has once a week to have a go. Then I’ll drain/use up the fuel in the petrol machines (mower, strimmer and a leaf blower) and call it quits for the year.