Homemade Apple Cider

Over Columbus Day holiday, we took our son to Butler’s Orchard in MD and had his very first apple picking experience. It was a beautiful Fall day, and after being cooped up inside, due to 4 days of straight rain, it was nice to finally get out and about again. I think he had a pretty good time. The actual picking apple of the trees wasn’t the best experience for him; but he did enjoy putting apples in the bag.

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So we came home with about 8 pounds of apples. I already knew I was going to make an apple pie, but I also wanted to try making cider as well. We had some delicious apple cider a few weeks back, and I keep hearing about how amazing the house smells when you make cider. I realized that making apple cider really isn’t a complicated process at all. The worst part was sitting around for 3 hours waiting for it to be ready!

Cook Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 10 apples, I used a mix of golden delicious and fuji
  • 1 orange
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • Enough water to cover

Quarter all the apples and oranges and place in a very large pot. You don’t need to peel or de-seed. Add all the spices and brown sugar. Fill up the pot with enough water to cover the apples and bring to a boil.

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Allow the mix to cook uncovered for about an hour over medium heat. Add in the molasses, reduce the heat to low and allow the mix to simmer, covered, for another 2 hours.

 

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Stir occasionally. Remember to taste at this point and add more sugar and spices to your taste. Remove from heat and allow to cool.   Sieve out the fruit pulp and spices. You can either serve this hot or refrigerate.

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