27.9.13

Homemade Apple Cider

While Apple Picking was fun, what we realized over the week was that eating the 10 lbs of apples.. raw isn't that fun.


no matter how much you like apples you cannot eat too many of them. so i looked up if i could make some cider at home. turns out you can. if you have 3 hours in hand. agreed 3 hours is a lot of time. but you really do not have to do much. just quarter the fruits and cook them with the spices and 3 hours later sip on the best apple cider ever...


  
Homemade Apple Cider 
Recipe Source: Gimme Some Oven
   
   ingredients
       
  • 10 medium sized apples (I used an assortment of  Ida Red, Mutsu and Jonamac.
  • 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of whole cloves
  • 1 tsp whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg or 1 tsp ground nutmeg (I used the latter)
  • water to cover (see notes below)
  • 1-2 tbsp molasses*
*skip molasses if you are using dark brown sugar.


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 the method
  • wash the apples and oranges thoroughly and roughly cut them in quarters and place them in a large stock pot. you do not need to peel or de-seed the fruits.
  • add the whole spices and 1/2 cup of sugar to the pot, fill the pot with water till it is almost full and bring it to a boil. 
  • stirring occasionally, cook the fruits uncovered over medium heat for about an hour. 
  • if you are using molasses and/or ground nutmeg, stir them/it in at this point. then cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer the juice for another 2 hours.
  • while the fruits are cooking, periodically mash them using a spoon or potato masher.also taste and adjust the sugar and spices.
  • when the cider is ready allow to cool. then sieve off the fruit pulp and the whole spices through a cheesecloth and serve it hot or refrigerate. 
  • be sure to heat cider before serving. it tastes best when slightly warm.
the only thing that you need to keep in mind is that the pot in which you are cooking should really be big. otherwise the end product is going to be thick and pulpy and the you'll really have to work hard to squeeze out the cider through the cheesecloth. also the yield will be less. this happened to me. so i thought i should mention it.

Sending the first two photographs of Homemade Apple Cider to "The Colour Me Photography Challenge Series" ~ Colour Me Brown, a photography event at +Priya's  place The Humpty Dumpty Kitchen. 

Also Sharing this at the following weekly parties..

18 comments:

  1. what lovely captures :) like you said no one can eat too much apples :) lovely homemade cider

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  2. Hi Tanusree, your boy look so cute. Thanks for sharing the apple cider vinegar. Look refreshing.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Homemade apple cider, how delicious! Thanks for sharing!
    Your son is really cute!

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    1. Thanks Joyce. the cider is delicious indeed.

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  4. Delicious home made apple cider, you can make tons of dishes with apples. I already mentioned in Fb your cutie pie is enjoying the apple picking.

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    1. Thanks Swathi.

      i know apples taste good in so many things. I am presently building up my collection of apple recipes.

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  5. The first photo is adorable and you're so right - it's impossible to eat too many raw apples at one time. I've made pies and crumbles and applesauce before, but I've never tried making my own cider. A great idea!

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  6. Yours is the second post for homemade cider I've seen. Now I'll have to make some!

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  7. I love the spices in your cider. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

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  8. Ah I feel your pain! I actually don't really like raw apples but I love baked apples. And apple cider. And apple cake. The list goes on as long as they aren't raw! I love your cider recipe. Pinned!

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  9. Your little guy is just precious! Great post and the apple cider looks awesome! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Awww look at the little guy :) Lovely captures Tanu. And great that you posted an Apple Cider Recipe. Never knew how to make it :)

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  11. I am a great apple fan and it's a great recipe to add to possible ones of apple! A great click too!

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Thanks for stopping by. It was nice having you here. Have a good day.

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Best, Tanusree

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