Local cider making

I WAS very interested to read the article on cider and local cider-making in your paper (November 13). However I think that I am not the only person who makes their own cider and is interested in the local connection. We are lucky to have such thrivin

I WAS very interested to read the article on cider and local cider-making in your paper (November 13). However I think that I am not the only person who makes their own cider and is interested in the local connection. We are lucky to have such thriving businesses as Thatchers, but there are other smaller concerns in Kingston, etc. And I am sure that there are individuals such as myself keen to keep the traditions alive. A few years ago I managed to find and even buy a Backwell Red Cider apple tree and a couple of Court de Wyck dessert apples. On my shopping list for this winter is a Congresbury Beauty. It might take a couple of years actually to locate but I know I will find a supplier eventually.But back to cider - I have a recipe book given to me by my grandmother who died in her late 90s a few years ago. I followed the recipe this year, thinking that if the cider wasn't successful that I can save a few pounds by turning it into vinegar. Well it's definitely worth drinking and if any of your readers want the recipe then they should send me a stamped addressed envelope and I'll send them a photocopy, for no charge, in the interests of helping to keep such traditions alive. There are still apples around that need using up, and there will be for another few weeks. I made my gallon of cider from a shopping bag full of apples I picked from an old tree at the top of the railway embankment at Yatton Station. I am sure that I am not the first person to make cider from that tree!JULEY HOWARD - 3 Barberry Farm Road, Yatton BS49 4QY


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