Make Your Own Apple Cider

You had a great day apple-picking, but now you're wondering: What do we do with all that fruit? Here's an idea: Make apple cider (it's easy!), then turn it into other goodies, too!
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You had a great day apple-picking, but now you're wondering: What do we do with all that fruit? Here's an idea: Make apple cider (it's easy!), then turn it into other goodies, too!

Cider Creation

You can use any type of apples, but our favorite blend calls for plenty of pucker and sweetness.

Make Your Own Cider

Make Your Own Cider

1. Prep

Line a colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth and place it in a large bowl. Wash and core the apples, then cut each into 8 wedges, discarding bruised parts.

Prep

2. Process

Working in batches, chop the apples in a food processor, about ten pulses. Scrape down the bowl. Process until pulpy, 1 minute. Transfer to colander.

Process

3. Press

Place a bowl on the apple pulp; add a weight (such as a large can of food) to help press out the cider. Let stand for 30 minutes. Remove top bowl, gather cloth and squeeze out the remaining cider.

Press

4. Preserve

Heat the cider over medium-high until a thermometer registers 160 degrees (don't boil it). This will eliminate any bacteria that were on the apple skins. Refrigerate for up to a week.

Preserve

Apple Cider Donuts

Now, use the cider to make more festive goodies. These donuts are lighter than air and full of fall flavor. Tip: Thin the dough with 1/2 cup milk and you've got batter for fluffy cider pancakes, too!

Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

Apple-Cheddar Fondue

Cider adds a faint sweetness to rich and creamy cheddar cheese. Tip: Fortify the fondue with a shot of brandy. Try calvados, an apple brandy.

Apple-Cheddar Fondue

Cider Icing

Spread cider-flavored icing on your fall treats. Just whisk together 4 tbs. melted butter, 1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar and 3 tbsp. cider. Spread on gingersnaps or drizzle over Bundt cake.

Cider Icing

Cider Vinaigrette

Here's the perfect salad topper. Combine 3 tbsp. cider and 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard. Whisk in 3 tbsp. EVOO. Season with salt and pepper.

Cider Vinaigrette

Cider Syrup

In a small pan, heat 2 cups cider over medium-high until reduced to about 1/3 cup, about 25 minutes. Brush on pork chops or pour over pancakes.

Cider Syrup

Faux Hard Cider

Mix 1/2 cup cider with 1/4 cup sparkling white wine. Then, fancy it up by serving the cocktails in champagne flutes.

Faux Hard Cider

More Apples

Turn your apple pickings into other fall favorites, from apple pie to apple fritters!

Apple Galette with Cider Drizzle

Get the recipes!