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Apple Cider

As I have mentioned before the house the Hardworking Husband and I bought came with apple trees. While a majority of the apples have been enjoyed by birds or worms, I did get a bunch of good ones. The HH doesn’t really like apples, but I do. But I can’t eat that many apples. In the past when given too many apples I’ve either made apple chips or I’ve canned fried apples. This year I wanted something different. I really like spiced cider. So I’m attempting to make cider so I can spice it up.

Bottled Apple Cider

First thing to do is wash the apples. There is bird poo on a lot of them. So let’s get them good and clean. Some instructions I found has you core and cut up the apples and some just have you cut them up. Since I’m planning to just put the apple mash in the compost, I’m just going to cut them up.

Things you will need:
Food processor
Large bowl that the colander will fit in without touching the bottom.

Line the colander with the muslin and place colander in bowl.


Throw as many pieces as you can in your food processor pulse until it’s small chunks.

choped apples

Then turn it on until it’s mashed. You may need to scrape the sides down. Once mashed pour mashed apples into muslin lined colander.

Mashed apples

Keep doing this until the colander is full. Allow it to drain for quite a while and then lift up the muslin and squeeze. This is what you have after you squeeze out as much as you can.  It’s called apple mash.  You can use this in cooking.  But since I left the stems on, I’m going to put it in the compost.

Apple Mash


Once all the juice has been squeezed out.  Set the colander and mash aside.


Apple Cider

 And for the hard part, pour the juice into whatever container you want to store it in.  And you are done. 

Bottled Apple Cider

I found these really cute milk bottles a while back.  I bought them for when/if I start buying raw milk.  But in the mean time, I’m going to use them for cider. I may need more.  I have more lots more apples to mash.



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Sunday 6th of October 2013

Wow. You are so lucky I love apple cider. You could probably reuse the leftover apple mash in apple bread or muffins. Have you tried apple sauce with your apples? My grandmother has apple trees (little green apples) and they make the best applesauce. Found this on RRR.

Kerry C

Sunday 6th of October 2013

Thanks for stopping by. I will have to try using the mash in baking. I haven't tried applesauce because my husband and I neither one like it. I have plans for all the cider I'm making. Watch for upcoming post of how I use the cider.

Asheritah Ciuciu

Thursday 3rd of October 2013

I like your idea of making apple cider. What do you use to spice it?

Kerry C

Thursday 3rd of October 2013

Thanks! I use a recipe I found in my favorite cookbook (Big Kitchen Instruction Book). 1/2 gallon apple cider, 1 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 tsp whole cloves, and 3 sticks cinnamon. Add all ingredients to a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and hinder for 15 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks and serve.