How To Make Homemade Apple Cider From Scratch!

Fall is in the air!

And what better way to celebrate than with a nice tall glass (or hot mug) of apple cider?

I have been craving that liquid gold for weeks now, but couldn’t get my hands on the stuff!

Any of you who’ve read my How To Can Pink Applesauce post, know that I won’t eat non-organic apples.

The reason, is because apples are always on the top of the Dirty DozenΒ list of foods with the most pesticides/chemicals sprayed on them. In fact, this year marks the ninth year in a row that apples were number one on the list!

There are so manyΒ pesticides, acaricides, fungicides, bactericides, herbicides, nematicides and rodenticides found on apples it’s sickening.

“Well what’s the big deal with pesticides?” you might ask.

Check out this post from beyondpesticides.org to learn about the Wide Range of Diseases Linked to Pesticides, and you’ll find out. It’s pretty disturbing!

After learning all of these disturbing facts, I’ve decided that any apple product I (or my family) consume needs to be organic. Including apple cider!

Unfortunately, I have not found organic apple cider in any of the stores near me. In the past I would buy organic apple juice and heat it up in a pot on the stove with some added cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice! It’s delicious, but still kind of pricey!

This year I was lucky enough to score a TON of apples from my parent’s yard. They have a bunch of apple trees that have not been sprayed or treated with anything, and the best part is…they were FREE!!! My favorite word!

I did some research to find out how a person could go about making their own apple cider, and while perusing Pinterest,Β I came across this cool post on Homemade Apple Cider from Yummy Finds.

I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to start making it.

The apples I used were quite small! In the Yummy Finds post, Brittany removed the cores from all of the apples she used. Since my apples were so tiny, I figured once I went to the trouble of removing all of the cores, there wouldn’t be much apple left. So I decided to go ahead and leave the cores on!

I started out by rinsing all of the apples really good and then cutting each apple in quarters with my big old butcher knife…

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Most of these apples were about the size of a golf ball (some slightly larger) but really tart and sweet! πŸ™‚

I went ahead and (working in batches) tossed the apples in my food processor…

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Just toss ’em in!

Then I processed them until they were nothing but brown mush…

How To Make Homemade Apple Cider | Diary of a MadMama

After pulsing a few seconds – little apple bits.

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After several minutes of processing…mushy

Once it got to this state of liquidy mush, I poured the mush into this nifty jelly strainer I purchased on a whim (and now am very glad I did!)

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Mmmm LIQUID GOLD!

After letting it strain for a bit on it’s own, I got the Hubs involved and put his big man-hands to good use! He squeezed the rest of the cider right out of the bag and then dumped the dried-out apple mash into a nearby bowl for me. After several rounds of this, I was left with a large pot of delicious apple cider and this…

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Apple mash!

At this point, I tried a taste and it was delicious, but I wanted to heat some up and add a little spice, so I added some cinnamon sticks and whole cloves (I would’ve added some whole allspice and a little nutmeg too, but I was all out!)
After it simmered for a little while we all gulped down a couple of mugs of the cider and it was so good that we had to try it in a tall glass full of ice! (It was good that way too!)

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Yummy!

After the five of us consumed a good amount of the deliciousness, I decided to bottle up the rest.

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Yum!

This is seriously the best tasting apple cider I have ever tasted! And the leftover dried up apple mush is so full of nutrients I just couldn’t throw it out. After some research, I learned that not only is it great for your compost pile, but it also can be added to baked goods for added nutrition and it really helps to keep cakes extra moist! Whoopee!

You can also freeze apple cider, so I plan on making a bunch more for my deep freezer (I still have tons of apples left and plan on going back for even more!)

I even made some apple cider slushies and apple cider popsicles and they were sublime! (I’ve been suffering from a sore throat lately so alternating between hot cups of cider and cold popsicles really helps to soothe it!)

Have you ever made your own cider? If so, I’d love to know any creative ways you’ve used up the apple mash!

I’d also love for you to share your favorite apple recipes! Feel free to link them up here or on the Diary of a MadMama Facebook Page!

Happy apple-picking ya’all!
~Jen

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25 thoughts on “How To Make Homemade Apple Cider From Scratch!

    • You’re welcome Jacqueline! If you don’t have a jelly strainer, you could also use some cheesecloth. The blog I referenced in this post just used cheesecloth rubberbanded to a big ball jar and did it that way. πŸ™‚

  1. This is cool! I got apples from my moms tree last year. I made apple sauce and chutney πŸ™‚ Maybe you could make some apple cookies with the apple mash? Like mix it with some eggs, milk and flour? Or something like that. Sounds like that would be yummy!

    • Yum! Great ideas! My cousin made some apple cookies recently and was kind enough to share them with me and they were to die for! I’ve never made apple chutney before, but it sounds delish! Thanks for the great ideas! πŸ™‚

    • I saw (on Pinterest) a pin where you could make your own cider press, but it was so huge, it would be a pain to store. It was kind of cool though, it was basically a garbage disposal that was rigged up to some pvc pipe and you just shoved all the apples down the disposal and put a big bucket below the pvc pipe and the apple puree would shoot out into the bucket. Easy peasy! But like I said, I would have no place to store the thing. How big was your grandparents’ cider press? I’ve only seen the big huge ones at the local cider mill.

      • It takes up quite a bit if space. :). It’s an antique though. My grandpa acquired it when he owned a General Store in the 1950’s. It’s always been a big event to make cider. We invite cousins and friends to bring some apples. Everybody gets some at the end of the day. And we all eat apple cider doughnuts from Crane’s Apple Orchard… Mmmm mmm. Sorry for the ramble, I have fond memories of cider, haha.

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