Grinding the olives with millstones + video

The vaccine to initiate an animal, who always put the customer will grind. It was mostly cow less rare donkeys and mule. 

Prefer cows of the mules, because the mule is «an animal is difficult and has patience». «Not used to such things». One of the Alamania the Mola had a bull 7 years old. He does not sell the animal, when told to sell. Those years in Pitrofo, only 300 were cows. They were for milk and for plowing, threshing, the 

olives. Each customer had 2 cows. If someone had called his animal from another, the payment was still in oil, 3% of production.


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The millstone
While working, the animal was not eating. They did not close the eyes of the animall. Once at Agadaki olive mill the cow took the path and broke the stone plate. A cow can work 3 hours and grind from 30 to 40 cans/ntenekedes olives. 

After they leave the animal to rest and «take a breath», for about ten to twenty minutes, and back again. A cow could be grinding on the day and 80 Kafkis olives if the vaccine was good. It start working on three at night and another day was over 4 in 80 and 90 Kafkis. Where were many olives, 100-150 Kafkis, tire of the animal. They had another from the outside and change it. If it was someone who loved animals otherwise the change and leave the rest a bit while a little again. 

The area with the vaccine was very dirty, because of the animall. Hard work. «Sometimes if the animal was a little bit smart, it was going round without anybody's help. The cow had zefles balance with the shoulders and the collar was a mule. In most developed form they had an iron framework as I squared, which was adapted to the Upright beam rotation axis of the plate. «Back» called the wood supporting the yoke with zefles that turning the animal. 

Put one and a half «Kafkis» (nteneke) olives «on vaccines» and started grinding. This was one «alessia». In some cases they put up to 3 cans (kafkia) of olives. 
A grinding to be done, depending on the animal and how quickly it went. Takes about 10 minutes or 7 minutes to a quarter. In the fourth animal is 45-50 revolutions. If the stone is the hackles with holes «cuts» quickly. After the stream could be put Kafkis 7-8.  

Behind the animal was going a man to lead the animal. With a wood push the pulp inwards. Sometimes he throw a little bit of water depending on how wet or dry was the harness when the olives were a bit dry . The water should be hot to rise. Many throw some lemons slices or for better taste and smell. 

The man was subsequently held there as milling. Good spin and good spin were the trappings. The wood was either scramble «glyfto» or a simple board to mix and drive the «trappings», the olive paste in the center of the plate.  


Helpful to avoid falling out of the harness because the centrifugal force was an edge in the plate, the «stone parapet» or «cheeks». 
The trappings are tested with the manual to see if they are ready. «They check from time to time the pulp with hands to see if it was ready». When she was ready, the animal stopped and gathered in the trappings of a plate.  

The vaccine was all the delay. Olive press in the next stages went relatively quickly