Apples for Dogs and Hot Dogs from Apples
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We had about an hourâ€™s drive west to Cold Hollow Cider, in
We arrived, parked and took a picture of the old cider press they had out front.
Cold Hollow Cider, as we quickly discovered, didnâ€™t really have a formal tour. They had a viewing area where you could watch the apple pressing. We found that section of the store/factory after wandering around for 10 minutes or so. Not complaining, mind you. Their store was very interesting and had a large variety of homey and edible items. Plus, the smell of apple cider donuts was making us both hungry. What is an Apple Cider Donut, you ask? A donut made from a special spiced mix and using only apple cider as the only liquid.
Even though we were both hungry the store itself and the viewing area of the factory seemed to call us more. It did not take long before we were standing in front of the big window watching the two men work. The area we were viewing consisted of a large hefty looking machine to the left, and to the right the two men were building a tower of apples to press. But, as we looked up above the window, we saw several drawings that explained the process, and made it clear that what we were witnessing was the middle of the whole cider making process.
It all starts with a whole bunch of McIntosh apples.
This is repeated many times. As plenty of juice had already been liberated during the grinding process, and the weight of the top layers acts on the bottom layers some juice is already soaking, oozing, and pouring out of the cheese cloth. It runs down the sides and collects in the holding tray that the first plate was stacked on. The holding tray has sides and a hole in which the juice drains. Once the two men have stacked layers about five feet or so high, the real fun begins. The stack is pushed under the large machine in the room. This as we had known all along is the cider press. After the apples where centered, they turn on the hydraulics and the pressing begins. After about five minutes of pressing, and rearranging of cheese cloth to make sure everything is good, then men leave the room while the press does itâ€™s thing.
Boring was our signal to go explore the store some more. (Hey, that rhymes.) Plus I wanted a donut. So I got in line and while I waited, I snapped a few pictures to show the donut making process as well. If you have ever been to a Krispy Kreme you have already seen how donuts are made. These are done the same way. Their machine squirts batter into hot oil. The oil is moving like a stream. Well, a stream that is three foot long and 8 inches wide. By the time the donuts have floated to the end, their done. The lady operating it picks the pastries out of the oil with a stick.
And as if Apple Cider Donuts were not enough, Cold Hollow also had a machine for making Apple Steamed Hot Dogs. I kid you not. It looked like a normal hot dog steamer, but they used apple cider with the water. Iâ€™m not sure what the cider does to the machine, but it makes the steam smell great. The hot dog tasted (like I was going to pass this up) like a hot dog. I didnâ€™t really detect any additional flavor. They did have an apple-corn relish to use as a fixinâ€™. That was something special. I wish I had looked harder to find a jar of that to bring home. Maybe they sell it on their website.
Margo had also tried the donuts and a hot dog.