There’s nothing that smells better this time of year than a home filled with the smell of apples and cinnamon and nothing tastes better than coming in from the cold to a freshly made apple cider waiting for you. In less than half a day you can also enjoy your own delicious cup of homemade apple cider. Although this recipe calls for a slow cooker, don’t worry if you don’t have one! This recipe can also be made in a large pot on the stove.
- 8-10 apples (I prefer gala for the earthier taste)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 5 cinnamon sticks, or more if you prefer a stronger taste of cinnamon!
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 whole allspice or 1 tspn powdered
- 10 cups of water
- Cut your apples into quarters. Don’t bother removing the seeds as you will be straining it out later on.
- Place apples, spices, sugar and water into the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 hours.
- After 3 hours use an immersion blender or a potato masher to mash the apples as much as you can. Again, don’t worry about the apple pieces floating around as you will be straining it out.
- Cook for another 1-3 hours or until desired flavor has been reached. I prefer the longer wait as the flavor comes out so much more.
- Strain the liquids with a strainer covered with cheese cloth to remove any fine apple pieces.
- Place in air tight container in fridge for up to one week or you can freeze to keep and use at a later date.