With the leaves all a-turning
And everyone yearning to have apple beer.
Its the Most wonderful time of the year.
Its the hap-happiest season of all
With the apple trees calling, they'll be bushels for hauling
and cider for ALL
It's the hap-happiest season of all.
Feeling inspired, I decided to try making my own cider.
blender or food processor
bag full of apples (30 smallish apples gave me a pitcher full of cider...not an exact science)
1. Since I didn't have a food processor, I used a heavy-duty blender...which worked okay, but there was a lot of apple chopping involved. Also I had to grind the apples in batches since the blender couldn't accommodate them all. Handy trick: if you pour a little apple cider or apple juice into the blender with each batch of chopped apples, the blender handles them a lot more easily.
2. The goal is to grind your apples up as fine as possible-- they should be applesauce-like for best results. The finer the grind, the more juice you can squeeze out of them.
Once you've got your apples nice and saucy, lay a cheesecloth (or kitchen towel) over a bowl and dump in the applesauce. Then fold up the edges and SQUEEZE. The juice will come out and the apple remains will stay in the towel.
Lucky for us, we had our neighbor as a guide. After I explained to him that I wanted to make apple cider, he told us we could pick as many apples as we wanted, and then led us to an old shed full of gidgets and gadgets and whatchamacallits.
An old apple cider press.
There'll be apple cider for all this fall!....(if I can figure out how to put it together)
Apple Cider Adventures Part II coming soon....