How To Make Apple Cider
Learn how to make apple cider - this delicious non-alcoholic drink is commonly enjoyed in the fall and winter months. It can be served hot, cold, or spiced. The difference between apple cider and juice is that cider is not usually filtered, and doesn't contain added sugars. Experiment with different types of apples to create your own special recipe. For hot cider, add orange peels, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves to spice up the flavor. This is a quick sweet cider recipe that doesn't require any fermentation.
To make apple cider, you'll need:
- Fresh apples of any variety or mix
- Food processor or blender
- Glass jars or bottles with lids
- Muslin sack or clean pillowcase
- Large sauce pot
- Food thermometer
- Wash your hands and forearms thoroughly before working with the apples. Make sure your jars and equipment are cleaned and sanitized before you start.
- Wash, core, and slice the apples into quarters. Don't use any spoiled apples or those with soft or moldy spots. They will contaminate the whole batch. Use as many apples as you'd like, but one bushel of apples equals 3 gallons of cider.
- Process the apple pieces in a food processor or blender. Place the apple mixture into a clean pillowcase or muslin sack. Squeeze the juice into a large pot.
- Heat the apple juice on the stove until it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This will kill any germs that may be present. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature.
- Pour the cider into bottles and replace lids or caps. Refrigerate the cider for up to five days or store it in the freezer. Enjoy!