To this we added 1 bushel of apples from the Amish man. He suggested to add some apples since we mainly had pears. Our kids watched as the apples and pears went up a gasoline powered conveyor belt be chopped and dropped down into a pressing table. Then they were slowly pressed. It is amazing how much juice comes out of the fruit. Out of respect for the Amish faith I did not take pictures of this process. The Amish family were working around the machines and they do not believe in taking pictures.
Out of all this fruit we got 22 gallons of Cider!! My friend was gracious enough to let me have half of this. So I brought home 11 gallons of Cider. I gave one gallon to my parents and decided to can 8 gallons of it. That left us with 2 gallons to consume fresh. Since we picked up the apples and pears off the ground I pasteurized the cider before drinking it. This is simply bringing it to boil and boiling it for a couple of minutes. I then let it cool back down and put in jugs and put in the fridge to drink.
To can the cider it is very simple. You just bring the cider to a nice rolling boil, this also pasteurizes the cider that I am canning.
Pour the hot cider into your hot, clean, sterilized jars. Fill the jars leaving 1/4 inch head space. Boil your new lids and place on top of jars after wiping the rims clean. Hand tighten the rings and place in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.