Each year, we gather large quantities of fallen apples from a neighboring apple ranch. We dry a lot, freeze some, give a bunch to the pigs and rabbits, and the rest we make into apple juice and then cider. In order to make so much juice, we had to build a decent sized press.
Click here to see our how-to on the whole process of making cider, including how to decide which apples to use, how to make a grinder and a press, how to control the fermentation, and what is needed before and during bottling.
There is nothing quite like fresh squeezed fruit juice, but it does not stay fresh for very long. You can store some in the freezer and the rest you can ferment to make cider. Enjoy.