We recently picked our last apples for the season. It was just one tree left, a winter apple, and it was packed with apples. These apples are fantastic and store very well. We use them all winter long for Scrumptious Apple Cake and pies, apple sauce, homemade apple cider and Feeding Garden birds in fall and winter.
We shared many apples with our family and stored a good amount in our root cellar.
For my apple cider I pick 7-8 large apples and make homemade apple juice with my juicer until I have about 1 liter of juice but store-bought juice is fine as well.
This homemade apple juice is so delicious that I could just drink it. But I wanted to do something else, so I’ll get all my ingredients.
1 liter apple juice
juice from one orange
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anis
1 piece of ginger (walnut size )
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla sugar
2 teaspoons honey (optional, to sweeten the cider when it has cooled down)
How to cook apple cider
I give all ingredients except the honey in a cooking pot and bring to a rapid boil. As soon as it boils I’ll take it off the heat and set aside for 30 minutes to let all the flavors from the herbs and spices infuse.
After 30 minutes, I pour the apple cider through a sieve to remove the herbs and spices. I add 1-2 teaspoons of honey if it’s not sweet enough.
The house smells incredible like fall and winter and it’s time to enjoy the delicious apple cider!
Storing and to reheat
If the apple cider no longer has the desired temperature, I reheat it on the stove. I’ll keep leftovers in the fridge for another day.
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