If you love Apple Cider, but don’t like waiting until Fall for it to hit shelves, you have an option! Apple Cider is actually a lot easier to make than most people believe. Trust me, this will be excellent on a cold day, or even for the upcoming holidays. If you like the frosty apple cider, then you can use this method all year round. Here are a few things that you will need.
8 apples, chopped or sliced
10 cups of water
First you want to either slice or chop your apples. The apple choice is really yours to make, but many people recommend Gala or Granny Smith Apples. Make sure to leave out the core and the pit. I do suggest that you peel your apples. You can use the apple peeler suggest above. This is what I used and it was very handy! After you chop your apples, place them in the crock pot in a circle and layer them.
After placing the apples, add 10 cups of water. Next, the ingredients are changeable, but these are the basics. Add either 3 cinnamon sticks, or 3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon. Then add 1 tablespoon of All Spice, and 1 tablespoon of cloves. Stir together and make sure it’s mixed well.
Put your crock pot on the High setting and leave for 4 to 6 hours. It will not hurt your creation to have more time. Once those hours have gone by, you have 2 choices on what to do next. The first one is to use a masher and smash those fine apple slices to a pulp. Or, you can very carefully transfer the contents of the crock pot into a standard blender. Use normal precautions when doing this step. Make sure that you have hot pads to protect your hands. Blend the cider until the the apples are in a pulp state. Return to the crock pot, again, with a lot of precaution so you won’t burn yourself or others.
Once you have finished the previous step, give your mixture a good stir. Then add 1/2 cup brown sugar and mix again. You will then recover your mixture and run on High for one more hour. After that hour is up, turn down the crock pot to Low for an additional hour. At this point, your very hot cider will be ready to serve with the garnish of your choice. May I suggest whipped cream and caramel drizzle?
It is very easy to make your own apple cider in a crock pot. Again, you can mix this up and add different ingredients outside of the base that I listed above. For example, some people like to add oranges, or even lemons to their cider. Some people like a big more sweetness to this, so they add a full cup of brown sugar instead of a half. I think a little goes a long way.
I do want to leave you with this tip. When you reach the last few cups of the cider, you will want to use 1 part cider, 1 part hot water and mix. It does get very strong, and it is better to cut down the cider. It becomes almost like a concentrate. You can store this in a tightly sealed container for 3 weeks in the fridge. You can freeze it too, and make it into a slush for warmer days.
I hope you like this apple cider. If you try it out, please leave in the comments how it went for you by using #crockpotcider