Hi and how you doing today ? Have you saved a crop of apples for the winter and occasionally have to sort them for bruises and age ? Me too . Instead of throwing them out , put them aside and make apple cider .
Hot mulled cider or cold cider with a cinnamon stick is always a welcome refreshment on a winter day . Also replacing the liquid in a spice cake recipe with cider really enhances the flavor .
If you wish to make your own cider you may use apples or pears combined or just apples . Wash the fruit , cut into chunks leaving the skins on . A gallon typically uses about 15 pounds of fruit . However , any amount of fruit can be processed .
Cider can be made with a juicer . A cider press is not required . Hand pressing can also be accomplished but takes more work. When the pulp fills up in the juicer cup and it needs to be cleaned out , try to put the pulp in a cheese cloth and wring it over a container to extract any remaining juice until the pulp feels fairly dry or grainy .
Now take what juice you have collected and add brown sugar or spices to your taste . Cinnamon , cloves , orange zest or lemon zest are favorite additions . Strain for clarity .
If you wish to pasteurize the product then simmer on the stove for 30 minutes . Be careful to not let it boil . If you do this and wish to harden your cider then you should add a fermentation product to your beverage . This can be easily bought on line .
If you want little fermentation or slow fermentation then place the juice in an area where it can be kept cold .
An old fashioned recipe is as follows .
WASSAIL, 1 gallon cider , 1qt. Orange juice, 1 cup lemon juice , 1 large can of pineapple juice, 24 whole cloves , 1 cup of granulated sugar , 4 sticks of cinnamon . Combine and simmer for 10 minutes . Remove cloves and cinnamon and serve hot or store in refrigerator .
This recipe can be adjusted for the quantity of cider .
Have a Blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year . Grandma Jean