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Old 08-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default 1/4" French fry cutter as a mill?

I'm looking for a cheap way to mill apples and I'm looking at either a garbage disposal or a french fry cutter. I'd like to get the french fry cutter (like this one but with a 1/4" blade http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000T3OO8C/ )because I can get a lot more use out of it. However, I'm not sure if that will even work. I plan to press with a 12-ton harbor freight shop press.

What are your opinions on using a french fry cutter to cut apples?


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Old 08-23-2013, 11:09 PM   #2
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Why not buy a juicer? I have an Omega http://www.fernsnutrition.com/omega_juicer_NC800.html and it RIPS through apples FAST! I can juice 2 apples and get 16oz of juice in under a min, and what comes out the other side is dry as a bone so there is zero juice loss.
Little $pendy but worth it!

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Old 08-23-2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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I'm looking to do about 20 bushels of apples. 30 seconds per apple isn't going to cut it. Also trying to stay under $100.
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We have a wall mounted one and it has a wedge cutter blade, going to use that to wedge the apples to go into the mill. If you use the smaller french fry cutter you are going to slice a lot more seeds?? Would that be bad or not? WVMJ
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I like the garbage disposal idea FWIW...that could give you some throughput!

I have no experience doing this...just sounds like a helluva way to "process" a large amount of apples!
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Between the two options, I think the garbage disposal will chop a lot more seeds than the french fry cutter, I'm not that worried about it. I think I'll go back to the garbage disposal idea, it will give better texture for pressing.
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Perhaps a wood chipper...hahaha
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Perhaps a wood chipper...hahaha
HAHA Nice! I could probably do all 20 bushels in under 2 minutes.
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For fun we tried the french fry cutter, it did a good job cutting up the apples, its a wall mounted one with a big lever and easily went thru the apples. We filled the press and pressed as hard as we could and got a little less than a gallon of juice. We cut some more and ran them thru a grape crusher with the jaws closed down and got 1 gal and 3 quarts, so almost twice as much making the bits smaller than just a french fry. WVMJ
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WVMJ, That's exactly the first hand info I was looking for, and kinda what I expected the answer to be. Thanks!


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