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Making Apple Cider

By Mei Yee

One day I was given a 5lb bag of apples. And was curious as to how I would go through this whole bag. We like apples, but not enough to where I knew we would eat them all before they started to go bad.

I did think of freezing them, but I read that freezing them changes their texture if you are eating them raw. So, I decided to pass on that idea. While I was looking up about freezing them there happened to be a link that said, “homemade apple cider.” My first thought was “oo I like cider”.

The recipe was simple. You needed a slow cooker, 10-12 apples, 2 navel oranges, 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 2tbsp cloves, brown sugar (amount depends on how sweet you like it) and water. They said this was for a large slow cooker. Mine is smaller, I would say about 1/3 the size of large one. So, I adjusted the recipe some.

I used 3-4 apples (depended on the size), half of an orange (sometimes I use one whole mandarin orange), 2 cinnamon sticks (because I love cinnamon), ½ tbsp of whole cloves, ¼ cup of dark brown sugar.

Then filled in the rest of the empty space with water until it reached the top.

I leave it on high for about 3-4 hours (you can leave it on low for about 7-8 hours). After that I scooped out everything so just the cider was left.

The first time I made it, we drank it hot, and it was delicious. The next time I made it I put it in a mason jar and chilled it. Which, it was good still but we did prefer it to hot.

The apples I used for it? Surprisingly this also taught me that my girls like cooked apples. Or at least these ones they did as they would inhale them after I took them out of the slow cooker.


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