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How to Make Apple Cider
Is there anything better on a warm day in early fall than a glass of fresh pressed apple cider? This popular, all-American beverage is surprisingly easy to make at home when you’re blessed with an overabundance of fresh apples.
Here are the steps to make fresh apple cider at home:
- Grab about ten to twelve apples, wash them, and cut them into quarters.
- Put them into a large stockpot and add enough water to cover them with several inches of water on top.
- Add a scant cup of sugar, one tablespoon of ground cinnamon, one tablespoon of ground allspice, and a pinch of salt. (The sugar amount is an estimate. Use more if you’re using very tart apples, less for sweeter varieties. You can also adjust the amount of sugar as you cook your cider. Check out this post for a Free Apple Variety Guide)
- Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, uncovered for 45 minutes.
- Turn it to a simmer, cover, and allow your cider to cook for another two hours.
- Allow the mixture to cool slightly to make it safer to handle. Gently pour it through a strainer to remove the big apple chunks.
- Strain it again through a cheesecloth to remove the remaining solids.
- The end result is your apple cider.
From here you have a couple of different options. You can cool it in the fridge and serve it as fresh, cold apple cider. Use it up over the course of a few days, before potentially harmful bacteria can develop.
Since the cider is still warm, you can turn it into mulled cider. Pour the finished apple cider into a saucepan with additional cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves to taste and simmer for about 20 minutes. Pour it into mugs and add a slice of orange. This is the perfect hot drink on a cold fall or early winter day.
Making apple cider at home is a lot of fun and something you should try this fall. If you’re really adventurous and patient, you can even make your very own apple cider vinegar!
Have you ever made your own apple cider? What’s your favorite recipe?
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