How to Use an Enterprise to Press Cider


Things You’ll Need

  • Apple corer

  • Fruit chopper or large knife

  • Container

Apple in water Wash the apples before you put them through the press. Image Credit: Azza909/iStock/Getty Images

The Enterprise fruit press was a massive, 50-pound cast-iron press produced by the Enterprise Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia in the late 19th century. Today they are valued antiques, but they were so sturdily made that many of them still work, as long as you have all the parts. This device could do everything from stuff sausage to press lard, so making apple cider with it is not much of a challenge.

Video of the Day

Step 1

Wash and core the apples.

Step 2

Run the apples through a fruit chopper, or chop them into small pieces with a knife.

Step 3

Crank the plunger plate on the Enterprise all the way up. Loosen one of the retaining knobs on one side of the press, and swing the cranking mechanism away from the top of the cylinder.

Step 4

Insert the mesh basket into the cylinder. If you have the original tin basket, place the basket in the cylinder and the straining base into the bottom of the cylinder.

Step 5

Fill the basket with the chopped apples. Make sure none of the fruit extends over the edge of the cylinder.

Step 6

Test to make sure the small plunger plate is attached to the screw mechanism. Change plates, if necessary, by unscrewing the cog on the underside of the plate, putting the smaller plate over the threaded end of the screw mechanism and re-tightening the cog.

Step 7

Place the container under the spout. If the sausage pressing nozzle is attached to the spout, remove it.

Step 8

Turn the crank clockwise to press the fruit. Continue pressing until you can no longer turn the crank. Watch for juice running out of the spout.


While the cast-iron cylinder and crank mechanism on the Enterprise can last for centuries, you may be missing smaller parts, like the interior basket. Check online for replacement part vendors. If your press is hard to crank, lubricate it with a thin coat of vegetable shortening or mineral oil. The Enterprise is built with holes in its feet, so you can bolt it onto your work surface to keep it stable while you're cranking.


Keep fingers and clothes well away from the chain and gear assembly on the press. If the plunger plate doesn't fit through the mesh basket, you've got the larger sausage-stuffing plate attached. Replace it with the smaller plate. Make sure all parts of the press that come in contact with fruit are thoroughly cleaned before using it. Do not use petroleum-based lubricants on the moving parts of the press because they can contaminate the juice. Once the cranking mechanism has been restored and lubricated, do not wash it with soap. Wipe any food traces away with a damp cloth. Refrigerate your cider immediately, and drink it within a day or two. Raw, unpasteurized cider can begin to ferment quickly, even in the refrigerator.

Share this article

Recent posts

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019

Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means ev

Top Tips to Transition Back to Work After Baby

Top Tips to Transition Back to Work After BabyMany new parents spend hours preparing for the arrival of a new baby – reading books, seeking professional advice and consulting friends and family. Howev

Get Away Without Going Away

Get Away Without Going Away5 family staycation ideas that won’t break your budgetFamily vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, b

5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved One

5 Common Questions for Memorializing a Loved OneOne of the most difficult conversations in a person’s life typically takes place near the end of that life. Planning for a funeral can put an emotional

Boat Safe

Boat SafeEnsure your boat is ready for the water with this checklist No matter how much experience you have on the water, prepping your boat – and your passengers – before leaving the dock can make fo


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent comments