Fresh Apple Cider: Here’s to Health!

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apples and two cups of cider

The Fall Season offers an abundance of fresh apples. There are opportunities to pick your own, purchase at the farmer’s market, or your local grocer. Apples have also been a popular fruit in the food boxes distributed at local food pantries during this season. Like pears, apples are a great source of fiber and contain vitamins C and K, as well as Potassium.

Try this recipe for homemade apple cider from Delish. This recipe adds a halved orange, which when the orange and cinnamon flavors fuse, it makes for a delicious treat.

Fresh Apple Cider

Yields: 2 quarts

Prep Time: 0 hours 10 mins

Total Time: 3 hours 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 large apples, quartered
  • 1/2 orange, halved
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar

Directions

  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add apples, oranges, spices, and brown sugar. Cover with water by at least 2”. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 2 hours.
  2. Remove orange halves, then use a potato masher or wooden spoon to mash apples. Return to a simmer and let simmer uncovered for 1 hour more.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on solids with a wooden spoon to squeeze all juices out. Discard solids.
  4. Serve apple cider warm.

Written By

Cheri Bennett, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionCheri BennettExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Science Call Cheri Email Cheri N.C. Cooperative Extension, Richmond County Center
Updated on Sep 28, 2020
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