For the past two weeks, Huff the Hubs has been saying he wants to make apple cider. Any time we’d be at the store and we’d see the pre-packaged kind, he’d lament the fact that we still hadn’t made it. So, this weekend I thought we should give it a try.
I found a recipe for slow-cooker apple cider and got everything we needed. It seemed simple enough and I LURVE apple cider!
Here’s what we used:
~10 apples (any kind; I chose Red Delicious because that’s what I always see on the packets of apple cider)
~Gallon of water
~2 cinnamon sticks
~Nutmeg (just a dash)
~Cloves (a dash of ground or a few whole; I used 4 whole cloves)
~Cheesecloth (for straining)
First, we washed and sliced the apples.
We tossed them in the crockpot and then sliced the orange into 8 slices, adding our spices and water:
After that, we turned the crockpot to “Low” and let it cook for 8 hours. Meanwhile, I woke up at 4:00 a.m., puking my guts up. Seriously, whoever gave me and Huff the Tot this tummy virus, I. AM. COMING. FOR. YOU.
Later, when we all got up, the cider smelled great (at least, to those of us that didn’t feel nauseous at every turn). How did it taste, you ask? Well… I asked Huff the Hubs who just sighed and said, “Welllllll…..”
Turns out it was super bitter and even adding copious amounts of brown sugar and regular sugar were not enough to save this cider. We followed the directions EXACTLY as they were in the original recipe, so we’re not sure what happened.
Sadly, I will have to file this under “Pinterest Fail”. Womp, womp.
Have you ever made homemade apple cider? How did you make it?