How to Make Apple Cider
Apple cider has been around for many years. Even though apple cider can be purchased in the local grocery stores, it’s best to make apple cider homemade. Why? Because the store bought apple cider cannot compare to the taste of fresh homemade apple cider. Drinking apple cider can have many benefits since apples are good for lowering cholesterol and improving lung health. Therefore, having fresh and homemade cider can be very healthy and inexpensive. When making apple cider, it’s best to be careful of the apples that will be used. The best apples to use are Red Delicious, Gala, and Fuji, especially if a person is wanting to make a sweet cider. Some people like their cider sort of tart, in which case, Granny Smith apples are the best to use. It’s best to mix red, green, and gold apples so that there is some type of combination. Cider tastes a whole lot better when made form freshly picked apples. Normally, it takes anywhere from 30-36 apples to make one gallon of cider.
First, make sure to wash all the apples very thoroughly. The reason why is to make sure the apples are clean of any and all pesticides and dirt. Next, cut the apples in half and carve out the center of each half, which my grandmother used to call as coring the apples. Next, slice the apples into quarters and puree, peel and put them in the blender or a food processor. Make sure to turn the blender on and keep the blender or food processor going until the apples are finely ground. The reason a person wants the apples finely ground is because the finer the pulp the more juice that can be extracted. Please understand, a blender or processor is not requested or needed because the apples can be in a big pot in about 4 inches of water.
The next thing needed is a cheesecloth, which is going to be used as a strainer. Spread the cheesecloth over a container and pour the apple pulp into the cloth. The juice will filter through the cloth and the pulp will stay in the cloth....
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