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Juice and Strain™ kits – new in 2017 for garden apple processing

Proven over five apple cropping seasons, of Devon has now brought Dr Nevin Stewart’s Juice and Strain™ kit to the market. Tailored for the garden apple tree owner who may enjoy an annual surplus of fruit, Juice and Strain™ makes it possible to produce gallons of clear apple juice easily and at a reasonable cost.

For centuries apple juice has been obtained by a ‘pulp and press’ two step method. Apples are fed into a shredder and the resulting pomace is pressed. Homemade or mass manufactured, the required kit is large, heavy and expensive. 

In the autumn of 2011, the Scillonian Road cider co-operative in Guildford, Surrey, enjoying an abundance of apples but also a lack of funds, developed an original process using inexpensive second-hand domestic centrifugal juicers.  This process came to be known as “Juice and Strain™”.

The required kit is relatively low cost and the method is clean, efficient and well suited to use in a domestic kitchen. Anyone processing  up to 100 kg of apples can generate a higher juice yield than someone employing  a small press and the apples are processed in a shorter time. Overall, modern process-thinking coupled with recent advances in centrifugal juicer performance and technology reduce a two-step pulp and then press method to one that has a single synchronous step. Whole apples are fed in at one end and clear apple juice is drawn off by the gallon at the other. The product can be enjoyed as is or fermented to a dry crystal clear cider.

Two Juice and Strain™ kit options are now available at:  &

The first is a one-stop shop, the kit coming complete with a high performance Rommelsbacher whole fruit juicer. At a lower cost, the ‘Strain-kit only’ is perfect for those who already have a suitable juicer i.e. one with a spout to which a hose can be attached.

Dr Stewart says, “I do believe that adopting the Juice and Strain™ process domestically will contribute to a significant reduction in the annual wastage of surplus garden fruit. Instead this valuable resource will be put to productive food use.”


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