Thursday, October 15, 2009

Apple Cider

This past week, Heather and I took a stab at making homemade Apple Cider. I found an easy recipe online that walks you through the steps.
All you really do is core the apples, cut them up into pieces, liquefy/puree them in a blender and then strain them through a cheesecloth.
We ended up using about 20 apples and it make a 1/2 gallon of apple cider.

I did pasteurize the apple cider by heating it up to 160 degrees on the stove (but not hotter than 180). That way it is safer and will keep longer in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks). While I was heating it up, I added a little cinnamon and sugar. Next time I probably won't add the cinnamon until it is served. All in all, apple cider is a lot of fun and pretty simple to make.

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