Two MUD members using the on-site cider pressAbout

Our cider press is very popular during harvest. As a result, we have a system intended to make MUD’s two cider presses available to as many folks as possible.

Cider Press Info

  • On-site use scheduled in 3-hour blocks
  • On-site use available to members (for a $10 use fee) and non-members (for a $30 use fee)

    • Reservations are required for both members and non-members to use the on-site cider press.
    • Our large press is designated for on-site use ONLY. You may schedule to use it during MUD Office hours (M-F by appointment) or Tool Library Hours (Mon.&Wed. 4-7 p.m., Sat.&Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • Off-site use available only to members for a $20 use fee (first come, first served)
    • Our small press can be “checked out,” and this means we treat the press like any other tool, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please understand that MUD does not have control of borrowers prompt return.
  • Education Groups 
    • Education groups can schedule free education programs (all programs correlated to MT OPI content standards) about cider pressing on a first-come/first-served basis. Contact the MUD office (NOT the Tool Library) at info@mudproject.org or 721-7513 to schedule educational programming. (Use of a press that does not include MUD-provided education programming is considered tool use and will be handled as outlined above.)

 

Cider Press User Responsibilities

Do not use press without clearly understanding use instructions (provided by MUD staff)

Children must be supervised by adults at all times.

MUD has limited capacity to compost apple mash, so please plan to take your pulp with you.

Cleaning is essential to press maintenance and sanitation. Please plan time for these cleaning steps into your cider pressing:

  • Rinse all parts of press thoroughly and make sure there are no chunks of fruit still in the press
  • Spray down all parts of press that come in direct contact with fruit or juice with a diluted solution of vinegar (provided for on site press use; off site users responsible for their own vinegar)

Bring back and/or put away all parts of the press – Each piece is essential for operation, so please double-check that you have all parts when returning the press.

Good things to bring with you:

  1. A bowl or wide-mouth container for catching your cider and a funnel and jugs to transport it home.
  2. A scrub brush or rags to clean up the press and basket.
  3. A disinfectant like vinegar, 3% hydrogen peroxide, or 10% bleach solution to clean down the press.
  4. Large tubs or buckets for the apple mash.
  5. Cheese cloth or strainer to strain your cider.

Thank you, and happy pressing!!