The decision to buy a fruit press can potentially be a very fun and investment worth it, especially if you have access to your apples or other fruits. Is a great way to use large amounts of fruit and there’s nothing like homemade cider, wine or fruit juice! Decide on which press to go to, however, will be the first hurdle to jump. Here are some things to consider:
Fruit type: the type of fruit you want pressure will determine in large part what they print, you should go for. If you plan only by pressing soft fruits in small amounts, of course a small print will be perfectly adequate. For the production of large quantities of wine, however, you can opt for a print with a larger tank, so you can press the grapes more at a time. If you’re going to produce cider and then pressing apples, you obviously want a bigger tank, but you can get a print with a apple grinder attached. Obviously it’s important to choose the right press initially as some presses will not be suitable for certain fruits but with that in mind, the easiest option is to go for a cider press that will be strong enough to squeeze the soft fruit like apples if you choose to.
Tub dimensions: as mentioned above, the type of fruit you want and how much pressure you intend to produce will be the main determinants of what size tank you get. As you can imagine, if you have a lot of apples to be used then it would be worth getting a print with a larger tub (can also be a double bath press) and on the other hand, if you only intend to produce a small amount of soft fruit juice, a small tabletop printing would be perfectly adequate.
Brand: As with any product, some brands are better than others. The main thing to consider is that obviously going for a reliable brand with a good reputation probably will serve you well. Play also true for most fruit presses that you get what you pay for. Of course, if you want to build your own print if you are so inclined, but following a good print design and using high quality components will be as important to a good brand.
As you can see, it is mostly common sense, but it’s certainly worth some thought and not only go to the first printing that catch your eye. As mentioned earlier, a good option for many people is to go for a strong print that can be used for both apples and berries, as is not the case with all the presses. In this way you are not just limited to small fruits. You can get a print with a apple grinder attached or you can always buy a grinder separately at a later time, if you decide that you want one. Anyway, it’s nice to be able to experience both pressing apples, grapes and other fruits, or at least have the chance to do so.