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Apple Cider

Apple Cider

Apple cider is easier to make than you might think! Gather together your favorite apples—the more, the merrier!—and break out your food processor. You’ll have fresh apple cider in next to no time!




  1. Wash apples thoroughly.
  2. Cut into 1-inch pieces, leaving the skin on.
  3. Add as many apple pieces as will fit comfortably in your food processor and run for about a minute or so until the apples are thoroughly processed.
  4. With a piece of cheesecloth in one hand, spoon the apple mixture into the cheesecloth and squeeze it to release the juice into a bowl or carafe. Put the squeezed apple into a bowl; you can use it in another recipe, like apple crisp.
  5. Repeat the juicing process until you’re out of processed apples.
  6. If you’re going to drink your cider within 5 days, you can just store it in a sealed container in the fridge.
  7. If you want your cider to keep longer, you need to pasteurize it. Heat cider in a pot until it reaches 160 degrees F. Drink within 2 weeks.
  8. Serve your cider straight up, or mix it with seltzer or sparkling wine.
  9. You can also mull your cider with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and whole cloves tied in a cheesecloth bag (or just strained out after).