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Making Apple Cider
How to Make Apple Cider?
Making apple cider is a good way to use organic apples. Learn how to make apple cider; a delicious hot apple cider recipe.
Making Apple Cider
Making apple cider may not be something you've considered (it's easy to find commercially made cider in the store). Nonetheless, how to make apple cider is a lot easier than you may have thought. Let's take a look at the process and a hot apple cider recipe.
Use Organic Apples for their Taste and Nutritional Value
If you happen to be close to an organic apple grove, you'll want to get your organic apples fresh from the tree then use them as soon thereafter as possible. Avoid any organic apples that have bruises. You can pick out one type of apple you enjoy, or mix and match apples for unique flavors. If you like tart juice choose organic McIntosh or Pink Lady apples. For sweet cider, use organic Fuji or Red Delicious. Note that you need about 40 organic apples to produce one gallon of hearty organic apple cider.
How to Make Apple Cider: The Preparation Process
Wash the organic apples thoroughly. Remove stems and leaves, then core the apples. Slice what remains into pieces small enough to go into your food processor for pureeing. You want a very small puree, nearly what you'd look for in applesauce. Now comes the work-intensive part of making apple cider - pressing the apples through cheese cloth. You can buy a commercial cider press if you wish, but the cheesecloth method works - it just takes a little while.
Put handfuls (or spoonfuls) of the organic apple puree into the cloth over a container and squeeze as much juice as you can out of them. Set aside the used apple and continue until you're done. Remember to check the used apples to see if they've released any more juice. Pour that into the container too.
Making Apple Cider: Storage & Use
Because this organic cider is free of any preservatives or pasteurizing it's important to keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will be safe to drink for up to a week. You can also freeze the juice and keep it for 6 months, taking it out whenever you feel like some great apple cider. To keep fresh organic cider longer, heat it to 160 degrees, then cool and store in the fridge. This cider can be used for three weeks.
Note that some people like to add spices to their cider when they heat it up to pasteurize it. The most common are allspice, ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg (a little vanilla is nice too).
Hot Apple Cider Recipe:
Once you're done making apple cider, you'll want to share it! Here's one recipe:
Heat the cider and rum together with the candied ginger root and a bit of sugar. Serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick stirrer and a healthy topping of sweet whipped cream.
Too Much Cider?
If somehow you end up with more organic apple cider than you can use, check out the organic apple cider vinegar recipe (adjust proportions accordingly).
If you would like to share some of your own tried and tested organic beverage recipes, share the recipe on this page Healthy Food Trends and we'll check it out and post it in the organic beverages category if it fits.
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