Easy to make Crockpot Orchard Fresh Apple Cider is the perfect beverage for fall days and cooler evenings. Served cold for breakfast or hot by the twilight fire, it’s so much tastier than store-bought.
Fall and winter are the best times to make Crockpot Orchard Fresh Apple Cider as fresh apples are so vibrant and delicious. Don’t get me wrong, you can make this fabulous fresh apple cider anytime of the year, but fall and cider just seem to go together.
When making this fresh apple cider, you will not object to spending all day in or near the kitchen as the aroma from the apples, oranges, and spices is out of this world. It’s both addictive and intoxicating. Beats any aromatic candle you can buy from any store!
I must confess this is the first time I’ve made homemade apple cider. Both Steve and I love apple cider and we always look forward to buying it in the fall. This year I decided to make some. I found a lovely recipe for Homemade Apple Cider on Sally’s Baking Addiction.
The recipe looked so good and easy that I instantly decided this is the one! Sally is one of my favorite bloggers. Her recipes always look fantastic as she is an amazing photographer. Check out her site and you’re guaranteed to fall in love. Be sure to subscribe to her emails. I do.
Sally used sugar to sweeter her cider. I swapped this out with honey, as we prefer to use natural sweeteners. I also added crystallized ginger to the recipe as ginger pairs so well with cinnamon and cloves.
I also must confess that I had fun with the photography for this recipe. Since I do not own any cute mugs to serve the cider in, I chose three different serving pieces, two glasses and a John Deere coffee cup. After all, nothing says farming like John Deere. I must make a note to add cute mugs to my “to buy props” list.
One fresh medium apple has:
Vitamin C – 8.37 mg or 11% DRI (Dietary Reference Intake)
Biotin – 2.27 mcg or 8% DRI
Copper – 0.05 mg or 6% DRI
Potassium – 194.74 mg or 6% DRI
Carbohydrates – 25.13 grams or 11% DRI
Dietary Fiber – 4.37 grams or 17% DRI
Calories – 95 or 5% DRI
Apples contain a modest amount of calories and are a good source of fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples help regulate your blood sugar and may help reduce risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
Chewing a whole apple helps reduce tooth decay. Eating apples may also help avoid Alzheimer’s, protect against Parkinson’s, prevent gallstones, reduce cholesterol, and minimize constipation. Maybe an apple a day might just help keep the doctor away!
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When buying apples, look for ones that are firm and with rich coloring. Make sure they are free of bruises or soft spots.
In the United States, fresh apple season begins the end of summer and lasts until early winter. That’s when apples are at their very best. While available all year around, other times apples are from cold storage or imported from southern hemisphere.
You can store apples for long periods of time, up to 3 or 4 months in the refrigerator.
Hint: If purchasing commercial apple juice or cider (often found in the fall in produce refrigerator section), choose cloudy juice over clear. Cloudy apple juice or cider, often called “unfiltered”, has more pulpy solids and therefore more nutrition.
This Crockpot Orchard Fresh Apple Cider recipe is so easy to make. Just look at all those scrumptious apples being mashed!
Simply place apples and oranges in a large crockpot. Add orange zest, spices, and honey. Add enough water to cover the fruit. The crockpot will be almost full to the top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours, enjoying the amazing aroma the entire day.
Using a potato masher or large cooking spoon, mash the fruit to help release the liquids. Cook cider mixture for another hour.
Slowly strain apple mixture though a fine mesh sieve or strainer into a large pitcher or pan. Discard the solids. If you prefer a clearer cider, strain cider one more time through a cheesecloth lined sieve or strainer. Serve cider warmed or chilled. Store leftover cider in refrigerator for up to 7 days.
No crockpot? Don’t worry. You can make this tasty fresh apple cider in a large pot on the stove. Place all ingredients in large pot. Heat over high heat until mixture starts to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for at least two hours until apples are very tender and mushy. Mash the fruit and simmer for another hour. Strain and store as above.
Tip: According to Sally (whom I adapted recipe from), fresh apple cider can be made ahead and then frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. I did not try this as we consumed every last drop of this tasty cider, but sounds like a wonderful idea. Let both of us know if you try this.
Hope you make this recipe because it’s:
Easy to make
Put’s a smile on everyone’s face
Cozy and tasty
Fall and winter delight
I love making this fresh apple cider recipe because it’s so easy to make and it tastes divine. It’s citrusy, sweet, loaded with apple flavor, and dripping with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Oh yes, it tastes as good as the house smells while it’s cooking.
Make with any combination of sweet and tart apples.
Sub tangerines for the oranges. Or try with other fruit like pears or nectarines in place of oranges.
Sub fresh ginger for crystallized ginger.
Hum – wonder how the seeds and pods of a couple of vanilla beans would taste? Let me know if you try this.
If you make this fresh apple cider recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you liked it and if you served it hot or cold. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your delicious beverage.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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P.S. Need more ideas for healthy beverage choices? Check out this article on Easy Healthy Smoothie and Drink Ideas.