Sheffield Community Apple Pressing Juice

Regather Community Apple Pressing

Regather Community Apple Pressing relaunches for 2020.

The UK produces excellent crops of a wide variety of apples each autumn. But with so many apples being ready in one go simply scoffing them isn’t always an option. We want to make sure Sheffield’s urban apples don’t go to waste. It’s fast becoming a highlight of our annual calendar and a great success so far, and we’re now ready to relaunch for 2020! Last year we made Cider, this year we’re making pasteurised fresh Apple Juice.

Just get them to us with one of the options outlined below and we’ll do the rest!

Email us at [email protected] or call us on 0114 273 1258.

We are open for apple drop-offs Mondays between 4pm and 7pm and Fridays between 11am and 4pm.

COMMUNITY APPLE HARVESTING: GOLDEN RULES

Please remember we cannot process rotten or mouldy fruit. Freshly picked, ripe fruit is best.

If you pick and store your apples before we can use them then please check for any rotten or mouldy apples. Some light bruising, stalks and leaves are all fine.

Windfall apples are fine as long as you don’t have pets roaming the garden.

All types of apples are great, a good mix of varieties gives the best results. Cookers and eaters are all welcome as they help balance sweetness and acidity. Even apples you wouldn’t consider eating are good (as long as not rotten of course).

HOW IT WORKS:

Bring the apples to us.
Bring us your apples and we will give you 25% of the volume of juice as fresh juice. We will let you know when it is ready.
Bring them to: Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Road, Sheffield, S11 8BU

Weighing Your Fruit
When you bring your apples to us we will weigh them, this is called the ‘Dry Weight’.
We estimate that we can extract 50% of the juice from your donation and this is called the ‘Wet Weight’.

As an example
You bring us 50kg of fruit…
We guarantee that we can extract 25 litres of the juice from these apples.
You get 25% of that 25 litres bottled fresh juice when it has been pressed.

The Regather team aren’t always in the Regather Works building, please call or email us to arrange a time when you can drop off the apples. Call 0114 273 1258 or email [email protected]

Large Amount of Apple? I need a lift!

If you have a large amount of apples, we may be able to offer a collection service, but in general we are only able to receive apples this year that are dropped off. To discuss this contact us at [email protected]

FAQ’s

What do I get if I donate apples to you and is there a minimum amount?
If you want some juice in return for a donation you’ll need a minimum of 10 kilos.

Can I join in on the juicing?
Unfortunately as result of precautions surrounding Covid-19, we are no allowing any volunteers to help out with the pressing this year.

Why do I only get 25% of my wet weight?
We’ve invested a decent amount of time, effort and cash into getting the project up and running and so hopefully this sounds like a good deal. As ever we’ve got lots of running costs, staff time and all plenty of organsing to do and overheads to cover. We like to think that we aren’t depriving the good people of Sheffield form their apples, but instead making a great product people can enjoy out of apples that would usually go to waste.

Last year you made cider, why not this year?
Our events programme has been cancelled or postponed and our bar closed, following at Covid-19 epidemic. As such we no longer have the right demand for the cider. In addition peoples feedback about the juice we made was so good, we thought this year we would focus only on Apple Juice.

How long will the juice keep for?
We’ll be making fresh, pasteurised apple juice. It’s should be good for over a year.

When will it be ready?
We hope to press the apples over the coming month of September. We will contact you when it is ready for collection.

When do I get my juice?
If pressing is going to plan we’ will have your juice in the next couple of weeks – during September. We will contact you when it is ready for collection.

How do I know my apples are ripe?
Most varieties are ready when they come away from the tree with a simple twist of the stalk and their pips are dark brown in colour, not white. Apple trees will often drop some of their crop naturally but you’re likely to notice if you have a pile of apples under your tree, especially during bad weather and strong winds. In fact one of the best ways to strip your tree is to give it a really good shake on the day you want to pick and bring your fruit to us.

Do you take fallen or bruised fruit?
Any fruit is good for apple juice making as long as it is not rotten. Please try to keep the best and worst ones separate (it makes sorting easier when we prepare fruit before pressing). Important note about pets. If you have dogs, cats or other pets that roam about in your garden please do not bring us these fallen (windfall) fruits – only those picked from the tree will do. The same applies for wild fruit if you think there is the potential for animal faeces to be under the tree.

Do you accept other fruit?
Pears (not to mushy) are great additions to traditional apple juice. Please bring any along and we’ll add them to the mix. Crab apples can also work as adding a few will boost tannin levels needed for great tasting juice.

What types of apple do you accept?
All types of apples are great, a good mix of varieties gives the best results. Cookers and eaters are all welcome as they help balance sweetness and acidity. Even apples you wouldn’t consider eating are good (as long as not rotten of course).