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How to Make Apple Cider Out of Fresh Squeezed Apple Juice

October 30, 2013

In my first post: How to press your own apples to make cider, I explained how to extract apple juice from apples through a press. Now this follow up post is how to make hot, delicious apple cider out of the apple juice extracted from the pressed apples.

Here are things you are going to need for making apple cider:

  • 1 gallon of fresh squeezed apple juice (this is not a recipe for store bought apple juice).
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • dash of Allspice

This is an extremely simple recipe and can be modified in any way, go for it!

Here is my fresh squeezed apple juice. I let it sit in the refrigerator over night so that the sediment falls to the bottom.
Here is my fresh squeezed apple juice. I let it sit in the refrigerator over night so that the sediment falls to the bottom.
Pour apple juice into a large pot (more than 2 gallons)
Pour apple juice into a large pot (more than 2 gallons)
watch for the sediment that'll try to run out. You'll use a little bit of apple juice, but don't worry you don't want the sediment in your cider
watch for the sediment that’ll try to run out. You’ll use a little bit of apple juice, but don’t worry you don’t want the sediment in your cider
Add 1 gallon of water for every gallon of apple juice you use.
Add 1 gallon of water for every gallon of apple juice you use.
Add a handful of cinnamon
Add a handful of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Allow the cider to steep overnight. Then just warm it back up again and you have a lovely, warm, home-grown apple cider.
Allow the cider to steep overnight. Then just warm it back up again and you have a lovely, warm, home-grown apple cider. Enjoy!

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