The air is crisp, the sunlight filters through the red and orange leaves, and best of all, the apple trees are laden with fruit. Tis the season to make applesauce, apple pies, and a delicious, steamy mug of fresh apple cider.
Apple cider is a favorite fall treat of mine, but with kids’ soccer games, dentist appointments, and the start of school, and various activities that consume the entire day, let’s just suffice to say that my house is a wreck and the last thing I have time to do is to watch apples boil for three hours and strain them through cheese cloth. Until today. Today I decided to make it a magical fall day for the kids and we were going to do every fall activity I had put off because we were so busy previously….starting with apple cider. It was morning and I was mentally preparing for the day-long event, (by making a full pot of coffee) staring into space waiting for the morning brew to be ready when I realized I could totally pull this off and it would be pretty easy afterall. I was looking right at the solution to my endeavor sitting on the counter. Aha! Why not make apple cider using the juicer?!
Using a juicer to make fresh, homemade apple cider was easy and fun for everyone! Here is the recipe for homemade apple cider with a juicer:
- Acquire a variety of apples. Any type will do. Go ahead and get wild. Mix different varieties from various apple trees. (When picking apples from other people’s trees you may want to ask if they spray for worms or bugs. If so, avoid those trees or wash the apples really well.)
- Chop apples small enough to fit in your juicer.
- Juice the apples. Easy!
- Add a dash of cinnamon and allspice to the apple juice to taste- approximately 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice per 4 cups of juice.
- Pour apple cider in pot and heat on stove top for hot apple cider, or simply warm cider in individual mugs in the microwave.
- If you actually have leftover apple cider, pour into large mason jars and store in the fridge. Use within a few days.
To Seed or Not To Seed
Should you remove the apple seeds before you juice the apples? As I understand, most apple orchards and serious apple cider makers do not remove the seeds prior to crushing the apples. When using an apple cider press, the apples are typically thrown in whole, mashed and filtered. Also, I have been to juice bars and watched as the baristas juice entire apples and do not remove the seeds. Personally, at home, I core my apples and remove the seeds, especially if I am juicing quite frequently because apple seeds in uber large quantities can be toxic.
Today we did not remove the seeds before juicing. We made apple cider the old school way, living on the edge, and juicing the whole apple. We are still here to tell the tale and it was delicious!
Need a juicer? Check out our favorites and learn about the different types of juicers available…Choosing a Juicer