How would you like to have juice produced from your own fruit?
Fruit Pressing Service Closed for 2020
The Fruit Pressing Service is now closed for 2020. We would like to thank all our customers for choosing to use us this year and we look forward to welcoming you all back in 2021.
As well as making the most of your harvest, your own juice will add something special to your parties and summer barbecues. Giving a bottle of juice made from your own fruit makes a unique and personal gift for friends and family.
We offer a service to create juice from your own fruit. We think we have answered all the frequently asked questions below, but if you need any more information just contact us.
Please note that you must contact us in advance to arrange a date and time to drop off your fruit as we have a fixed production capacity. We need to try to schedule everyone in, based on estimated volume of fruit that they will bring, to make sure that we have appropriate staff available on each day.
What apple varieties can I use?
Should I bother pressing my cooking apples (like Bramley)?
What about Pears?
How do I pick my fruit?
How do I know when the fruit is ready to pick?
What quality fruit do I need?
Can I use windfalls?
What should I bring my fruit in?
How much fruit do I need?
Where do I bring my fruit to?
How does the service work?
How much juice will I get from my fruit?
Will I get my own juice back?
Do you add anything to my juice?
How long will my juice last for?
Great juice can be made by mixing different types of apples, as in cooking and eating or different varieties of eating apples. Some eating apples make a really great single variety juice. It really depends on your personal preference. If you like the apple to eat, you are likely to enjoy it as a drink!Back to the top
Like everything it’s all down to personal taste. A Bramley juice can be sharper and zingier, a welcome change to the sweeter juices, particularly good at breakfast time instead of orange juice or for cooking with. Back to the top
We can press pears as well. On their own some people find that they are too syrupy and sweet. If you bring apples and pears we can press them together for a lovely taste that is hard to beat. Eating pears are a lot sweeter than apples which makes them good for blending with cooking apples. Some pears are very hard and don’t taste very good to eat, but these can make a really good tasting pear juice so can be worth experimenting with. Back to the top
Picking your trees can be great fun, the easiest way to do it is to put a sheet(s) on the ground under the tree and then gently shake the tree, (watch your head!). Collect up the fruit and bring it to us as arranged. You can also get telescopic fruit pickers, (a basket on a stick), for hard to reach fruit. The RHS recommend that “If you prefer to pick by hand, hold the apple or pear in the palm of the hand and, without finger pressure, lift the fruit slightly and gently twist it. The fruit should come away from the spur easily with the stalk intact.” Further information can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/ Back to the top
The riper the better. The best and easiest way to tell if your fruit is ready is to taste it. Apples should be firm and crunchy, pears should be hard but sweet. You can also check the pips, they should be dark brown when the fruit is ripe. Back to the top
The fruit you bring should be of good enough quality that you would be happy to eat it. Rotting or badly bruised fruit produces poor tasting juice. IMPORTANT – Please note: If fruit is ‘turning’ or partially rotted, (going brown), we won’t juice it. We may need to store your fruit for a few days from date of delivery, if it is in poor condition a lot of wastage can occur which will reduce the quantity of juice you receive. Back to the top
We really don’t like food waste, so we are happy to press windfalls for you if you want us to. They must be in good condition. However, please note the section on fruit quality above. It is also worth noting that windfalls are more likely to contain higher levels of patulin which can be very harmful to health. If the batch looks dubious we reserve the right to reject it.
Apples can be prone to particularly high levels of patulin. Normally patulin only occurs in fruit on which mould has grown, although the spoilage may not be obvious. It is possible for the fungi to grow within the fruit, entering via insect or other damage, (such as bruising), or in some varieties, to enter the core early during the fruits’ development. This is the reason why we will reject suspect apples. Back to the top
Any strong container will be fine. Baskets, boxes, trays or heavy duty bags. Avoid using black bin sacks as they tear easily and rubble bags are too heavy to lift by hand. If you want to take your bottles home in reusable crates, it makes sense to bring your apples to us in those crates. Back to the top
We operate on a minimum of 40kg of fruit because otherwise the loss of juice in the pipework of the bottling system would mean you got very little juice back. As an approximate guide:
About 4kg – Carrier bag full
About 10kg – Large bucket full
About 20kg – Animal feed sack, Large Rubble Tub, Full size supermarket delivery crate
About 30kg – A dustbin full
Bring your fruit to us at Welham Wold Farm. You can find a map of our location on our contact us page. Please make sure that your fruit container(s) is clearly marked with your name and, if we are not there when you deliver your fruit, please put it into one of the large containers at the front of the buildings. Back to the top
You drop your fruit off with us on the agreed date in clearly marked containers. We then wash your fruit to make sure that it’s clean. Once the fruit is cleaned it is pulped and pressed. A small quantity of ascorbic acid, (vitamin c), is added to the juice to prevent it discolouring before the juice is pumped into bottles, capped and pasteurised. In the case of Pear Juice, we may need to add a small quantity of citric acid if the pH of the juice is too high to pasteurise safely.
If you have chosen the optional shrink capsule for over the cap and/or boxing up we will do that for you. We will then give you a ring to let you know they are ready for collection.
We don’t filter away any of the goodness in your juice nor do we add in any nasty preservatives, water or sugar. We guarantee the juice you take away is from your fruit and your fruit only. Back to the top
The apple / pear to juice ratio varies from year to year and variety to variety as well varying due to the ripeness and quality of the fruit you bring, so we can’t easily advise exactly what quantity of juice you will get back.
Quantity of juice wise, approximately 1 kg of fruit will give 0.7 litre of juice.
So 50kg of fruit would yield around 40 – 50 75cl bottles. Back to the top
We can assure you that you’ll definitely get the juice from your fruit. Back to the top
We add a very small quantity of Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to the juice to prevent it from discolouring. In the case of Pear Juice, we may need to add a small quantity of citric acid as well if the pH of the juice is too high to pasteurise safely. There is nothing else added to the juice. No water, sugars or nasty preservatives. Just as nature intended. Back to the top
Once bottled, your juice is then pasteurised so that it keeps for 18 months unopened. We recommend you store your juice in a cool dark place, like a cupboard or garage, and once opened it should be refrigerated and consumed within 3 days. Back to the top
Fresh apple juice can contain bacteria, which can only be reduced to safe levels through pasteurisation or fermenting to alcohol (cider). Back to the top
If you agree that you are going to ferment the juice supplied, then yes we will supply the juice un-pasteurised. You need to provide your own bulk container(s). Back to the top
Gently pasteurised apple juice that lasts for 18 months unopened in glass bottles which have been security sealed with a tamper proof cap. For a small additional cost you can choose a heat shrink seal over the top of the bottle in addition to the tamper proof cap as shown below.
Your pomice, (the leftover dry apple / pear), is ploughed back into the land across the farm as a fertiliser.
We also supply a note with your batch code and Best Before Date displayed on it for peace of mind and traceability.
You can choose 75cl or 25cl glass bottles. We are happy to put your juice into both sized bottles if you wanted a mixture of large and small bottles. Back to the top
0 to 100 bottles – £2.20 per bottle
101 to 250 bottles – £2.10 per bottle
250+ bottles – £2.00 per bottle
Up to 250 bottles – £1.00 per bottle
250+ bottles – 80p per bottle
Unpasteurised Juice in bulk containers
(Customer provided container) @ 60p per litre
Green PVC Heat Shrink Capsules over the bottle caps – 3p per bottle
Cardboard boxes (12 x 75cl bottles or 24 x 25cl bottles) – £1.15 per box
All prices include VAT. VAT invoices provided. Back to the top
Due to the many different sizes of bottle available in the glass marketplace, we only fill our own bottles. This is because our equipment is set up to ensure the correct fill levels in the bottles, something that could not be guaranteed with bottles from other manufacturers. Back to the top
We are sometimes asked if we can reuse the glass bottles, unfortunately we are unable to do this at the moment and always recommend that you recycle via your kerbside service or via the local bottle bank. We are investigating the possibility of re-use of our bottles in the future. Back to the top
We have a minimum charge of £65 for pasteurised juice. This is less than the price we expect you would pay for 40kg of fruit to be pressed into juice, but covers our costs in the event of a customer presenting significantly less than 40kg of fruit. For reference, 40kg of fruit should yield about 35 75cl bottles, which would be a total invoice of £75. Back to the top
How can I pay?
Payment by cash, debit / credit card, contactless or bank transfer please.
All prices include VAT. Please ask if you require a VAT invoice.
Payment is due on or before collection.
Customers making a large order may request an invoice with 30 days terms. In this case only payment by BACS is accepted. Back to the top