Specially designed for Commercial Orchards, Home Orchards and Public Events. An efficient and cost effective way to press and pasteurize your apples, pears and quince. Pressing Matter is a juicing service that can rinse, slice, press, pasteurize and package, all in one modern system. We provide sterile processing with high-tech equipment, innovative flash pasteurization and convenient “Bag in Box” packaging that can be safely stored without refrigeration for six months without compromising flavour.
Home Orchards (big and small)
If you cannot meet the minimum requirements of 6,500 lbs for us to mobilize the unit to your orchard, don’t worry, you can come to us. Give us a call and we will set up and date and time. You will bring your apples to us in the morning and we will have them all ready to go for pickup that evening.
Each 5 litre box of juice can contain anywhere from 15-20 lbs of apples. (As an estimate, a milk crate can hold about 30 lbs of apples).
Commercial Orchard/ Public Events
We arrive with our state of the art, European engineered equipment on an 8’x16’ trailer complete with its own power source. For orchards we need a minimum of 6,500 pounds (approximately eight apple bins) of pre-picked apples or pears. For public pressing events, people will bring their own bins of apples and we will work by a first come first served basis.
All we need is to be able to hook up to your potable water source. The apple mash is a valuable by-product of the pressing. The mash is left at the end of the pressing. Farmers love the stuff for their animals.
In one hour, our equipment is capable of processing 1,760 pounds (800kgs) of apples. Each hour, we can produce 500 litres of fresh, flavourful pasteurized juice which is hot filled into airtight “bag in box” packaging. We can do unpasteurized juice as well.
We want to help you build your Community… through apples. We know how much fun it is getting everyone together for a pressing. Whether it is a community event, a neighborhood event or a fund raiser, we will help you put the hot apple cider on, get the press going and get ready for the apples!
How it works
Although the fruit will pass through a rinse system on the conveyor to the processor, we strongly recommend that your fruit should be relatively clean without obvious dirt and debris. The processor will slice the fruit into a mash of optimal consistency which allows maximum juice yield. This mash is pumped on to a hydraulic packing press where it is squeezed with gentle pressure to thoroughly extract the juice which filters through press cloth. The juice accumulates in a holding tank before proceeding for pasteurization.
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Pasteurization and packaging
The flash pasteurization, also called “High Temperature Short Time” heats the juice to approximately 79° Celsius for about 15 seconds. This short-term heating process eliminates bacteria without altering the natural flavour of the juice. The resulting unfiltered juice tastes freshly squeezed. Your pasteurized juice will be sealed in modern environmentally-friendly, BPA free, 5 litre convenient “Bag in Box” packaging, which is lightweight and guaranteed to keep your juice tasting great. Each bag is sealed with a plastic push spout for a convenient extraction of juice and then placed in a convenient box. So the bag fits in the box and has a handy spout. Easy! the box lays sideways in the fridge and will last for 3 months. You will have to shake the box once in a while to mix the sediment in the juice because it settles.
The pressing process, leaves behind an almost completely dry mash of your apples or pears which can be used as compost or animal feed.