Homemade Apple Cider Time!

By, Kendall Huff

Native Foods Cafe

Tis the season good friends for homemade apple cider time! How do we know this…

Apples at the market 

Photo courtesy of Native Foods Cafe, a vegan restaurant

 

There it is! The Chicago
markets are FULL of different delicious beautiful delights. We have the diva
honey crisps,  gorgeous gala,
golden supreme, Fuji and more. And what screams fall more than apple pies,
apple butters and apple donuts? APPLE CIDER!! Spike it if you wish, or just
enjoy it as is on a cold windy night.

 

Here is what you’ll need…

 
The ingredients needed

Photo courtesy of Native Foods Cafe, a vegan restaurant

 

6 to 7 Apples of your choice

2/3 cup Organic Cane sugar

1 Tb Ground cinnamon (or 2 cinnamon sticks)

1 each Whole Star Anise

1 tsp Dry orange peel (or 3 strips of fresh peel)

½ Vanilla bean split

 

First wash each apple and cut them into quarters. There is
no need to peel or seed them. Place them  into a large sauce pot.

Cut the apple in quaters

Next cover the apples with water, but just enough to cover
them.

Cover the apple with water

Add in the star anise, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla bean. 

Add in the flavor

Boil on high for one hour, uncovered. Then reduce the heat
to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.

Simmering cider

Next, allow the pan to cool. Then mash up the apples using a
potato masher until a pulp is made. Save the mashed goodness! It makes for a
tasty apple sauce!

Smashed Apples

Then pour the pot into a strainer over a large bowl. Place
the rest of the pulp into a cheesecloth and SQUEEZE the juice out. We want all
that goodness. Store the cider in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Reheat and add a little caramel sauce or coconut whipped cream!


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