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Homemade Apple Cider - Slow Cooker Recipe

Delicious homemade Apple Cider, right from your very own slow-cooker!

For those of you who depend on my recipes, I sincerely apologize for not posting last weekend!  I was in Chicago at the Kenmore Blogger Summit.  It was a WONDERFUL experience!  I met lots of fellow food bloggers, met several members of the Kenmore team, got to see first class chefs demonstrate their skills and walked away with a couple of prizes!  Yup, little ole' me came home with a Kenmore Stand Mixer for winning our Brioche Challenge and a brand new Kenmore French Door Refrigerator!!!!  WHAT?!  I know, I still can't believe it!  If you want to know how I ended up with a brand new refrigerator, you can read about it here.  :)

Ever wonder how you can make your own Apple Cider?  I'm telling you, it's extremely easy!  This cider is wonderful hot or cold, so you can decide how you want to serve it! It requires NO added sugar!  Nothing but pure goodness!  Plus, you get a bonus of Chunky Applesauce out of this too!  (You can't just throw those apples away!)  

Hit up your local farmer's market this weekend (probably the last if you live near me) and get those apples into your crock!  Your family will thank you!  Plus, if you have a yard full of leaves like I do, you'll need a nice warm beverage to come in and warm up with!

Apple Cider

Ingredients:
9-10 Apples (Use a variety of apples, such as Gala, Red Delicious and Fuji)
4 cups water
1 cinnamon stick 

Directions:
Wash the apples, core and slice them. Place them into your crock (keep the peel on) with the 2 cups of water.  Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.
Scoop out all of your apples into a colander and let the juice drain into a bowl.  
Pour the juice back into your crock with the remaining juice left from scooping the apples out. Place the cinnamon stick into the juice and let it simmer on low for an hour or two. You can either serve it warm, or refrigerate it and serve it cold. Enjoy!

Chunky Applesauce

Directions:
Follow the method above for making apple cider. After you drain the juice from the apples, place them in a bowl and mash them. Add 2-3 Tbsp. of white Sugar.  Enjoy!

For the original post, with step-by-step pictures and instructions, please click here.

For more great slow-cooker recipes, visit www.slowcookeradventures.com.

Happy Slow-Cooking!
Hope 

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Kristin Bull (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
We DID miss you last week, Hope! Thanks for returning to Patch; this recipe looks awesome. Can't wait to try.
Kristin Drummelsmith October 30, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Hope - your recipe calls for 4 cups of water - but in the directions you mention 2 cups? Can't wait to try this - want to make it for Halloween.
Hope Comerford October 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
So glad you enjoyed it!
Hope Comerford October 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Can you tell I'm tired?! LOL It should be 4 :) Have a great Halloween!
Jeff Knaggs October 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Hi, this is kind of self-serving, but I love kids & I love apple-cider, and I wanted to share the wild orchard cider recipe, it's just a little more involved, but the results are wonderful. Yes the cider is good, but the real result is the excitement in the children making it... http://youtu.be/6Jj-z3qxzUw
Barbara Read November 08, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I love the idea of making your own cider in a crock pot. Thanks. I'm going to suggest skipping the sugar in the applesauce. I make homemade applesauce and my kids love it with just the apples and water. Especially if you use sweeter apples, which I do. Golden delicious apples make a bright yellow applesauce when you steam the apples and then mash them.

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