We use a $99 sausage stuffing press from Fleet Farm (farm supply store) for cider, wine, wax/honey, and making hard cheese. For apples, it works best if you bash them up first with a mallet. We use the mesh bags we use for honey filtering for containing the fruit pulp while it's pressed. This was a lot cheaper than buying a typical cider press ($200 and up). It's smaller, so you run more batches, but much easier to clean and store.
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