Homemade Apple Cider

We’ve really taken to picking fresh fruit & veggies this summer. My daughter is finally old enough and we can’t deny that we love having a haul of super fresh produce to start the week. A few weeks ago we headed to the apple orchards and picked 13 Lbs of apples!!


A little ambitious I would say for my little family of 3! We had to find use for these apples…fast.

Then we hit the jackpot, homemade apple cider! In the slow cooker! That’s a way to take 10 apples off your hands.The house smelled absolutely incredible as the cider simmered away in the crockpot. I stayed up past my bedtime to strain and sip that hot fresh apple cider. Boy, am I sold! You can drink it as is or use it in a variety of sauces, cocktails and even cookies! Mmm the fresh scent of autumn….

8-10 apples cut into quarters
5 cinnamon sticks
1/2 c brown sugar
1 tsp ground allspice
8 cups water

1. Combine everything in a slow cooker.
2. Cook for 3 hours on low.
3. Mash the apples with a potato masher. Don’t worry about the bits floating around, you’ll strain that later.
4. Cook for another 3 hours.
5. Strain with cheesecloth, soup bone bags, or a fine mesh strainer.


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