Depending on how often you use your fruit grinder, it may sit in storage for a decent amount of the year. However, if you want to get the most out of your press, you will need to keep it in good condition year-round. To keep your press around for as long as possible, follow these steps on proper care!
After each use, all you need to do is rinse it with hot water and either dab it dry with a clean cloth or let it air dry. Whatever you do though, do not use any soap to clean it!
For protection, all wooden parts of your wine press must be sealed to resist any moisture. The best product we suggest for our customers is EZ-DO. This is an FDA approved, non-toxic polyurethane gel that will seal and protect your wine press. Another option is Poxy Coat Clear Coating, which will provide your press a hard armor free from cracking, chipping, or peeling.
To avoid your cast iron grinder from rusting, lubricating it with a light coat of vegetable oil will do the trick.
Sanitizing wine presses is another super important step for safety reasons. After washing all surfaces with hot water, disinfect the fruit grinder with a sanitizing solution to prevent cross-contamination and to kill any microorganisms. After it has been sanitized, rinse the press again with hot water and let it air dry.
By following these simple steps, you can be sure you’ll be getting the most out of your fruit press! At Happy Valley Ranch, we make and sell the best apple cider presses and wine presses around! We have been in business for over 40 years and proudly stand behind all of our products. Our presses make for a great hobby and some delicious cider and wine at that! Contact us today to learn more. Happy pressing!