Carlson Orchards Premium Blend Cider is made from only
the freshest apples available-- grown
mostly here in New England. We take a special blend of
apple varieties and wash them well.
a thorough cleaning, the apples are crushed into a fine
juicy mash. Rice hulls are added to the mash to act as a
press aid. Press aids help to keep the apple juice
flowing under the extreme pressure in the press.
mash is then sprayed into one of 45 porous bags that
hang vertically in the press. Each bag is surrounded on
each side by a plate and these plates are squeezed
together with a maximum of 2000 psi or 2000 pounds per
square inch of pressure! That'll get the juice out.
All of our cider, once pressed, is pasteurized prior to
bottling. We do not manufacture any "raw" cider and are
very attentive to the health of our customers and the
safety of our products. Our entire operation is governed
by a strict HACCP ( Hazard Analysis and Critical Control
Point) plan that insures quality and safety at every
point in our production cycle.
Pasteurization is just one of many critical points we
maintain to insure this level of quality for the
consumer. Flash pasteurization brings the juice from a
chilly 45 degrees Fahrenheit up to 165 degrees and then
back down to an even chillier 38 degrees, all in about a
minute and a half!!
the cider is pasteurized, bottles are prepared with our
label -- the sign of quality cider -- and sent along the
bottling line to be filled.
fresh pressed apple cider, newly pasteurized and ready
for drinking flows freely in our mill into gallon,
half-gallon, quart, and pint containers. On a busy Fall
day in Harvard, we will bottle upwards of 8000 gallons.
Now....that's a lot of cider.
Carlson family has been making fresh apple cider about
as long as they've had apples to pick and a press to
squeeze them in. Father Carlson started farming in 1936,
on a remote hilltop in Harvard. Turned out to be about
as perfect a place for growing apples as anyplace on
earth. But don't take our word for it -- try it
yourself. Take a big sip of our cider and see if you
don't feel the crisp cool air of a beautiful Fall day in
New England. It goes into every one of our bottles of
pure fresh sweet apple cider.
We love our orchards and know you will too.
We regret that we cannot allow animals into the orchard.
Please visit us soon and remember to eat fruit at least
five times daily!
Bring Home the Good Life!
For information about what crop is available and when,
please visit our
Carlson Orchards | Harvard Massachusetts 115 Oak Hill Road, Harvard MA 01451
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