How To Make Hard Apple Cider
|January 24, 2013||Posted by Cool Feet under Nutrition|
Recently, we bought a box of apples at our local farmers market for $5. It was a good buy even though many were bruised. There was no way that we could eat all of these apples. I was trying to figure out what to do with all the apples. We have dehydrated apple slices before and the apples really taste great. However, it’s very labor intensive. I decided that I wanted to make some sparkling wine with the excess apples.
Since my wife and both like to ferment foods, so we decided to use our knowledge of fermented foods and give this a shot! I found a recipe on how to make country wine using whatever extra fruit you have on hand. The recipe was very simple-add 1 cup of sugar to 3 quarts of boiled water. Let the water cool to room temperature. Pour the sweet water into a 1 gallon jar and add fruit, berries, apples, etc until it’s nearly full. Cover with a clean piece of cloth secured with a rubber band. Let the mixture stand undisturbed for approximately 4 days. Stain the fruit and let sit another 3-4 days until it tastes slightly sweet and bubbly. Bottle the country wine in an air tight bottle and let sit another day before drinking. It’s probably a good idea to refrigerate the bottled wine within a day because it’s naturally carbonated and may explode the bottles. This is probably the fermented beverage that we have ever made. We make water kefir, kombucha, milk kefir, and yogurt. We know that we found a winner with home made country wine.
The gallon of country wine lasted about 2 days. We still had our box of apples. I asked my wife to juice them for while I was working. I still had no idea on how to make fermented hard apple cider. I did a quick search online and found this amazing website-Delicious Obsessions. Fermented hard apple cider is even easier to make than country wine. We juiced enough apples to make nearly 1 gallon of apple juice. I covered the apple juice with a clean paper towel and secured it with a rubber band. This is an experiment in the making. I know that it’s going to be good. This is all you need to do to make fermented hard apple cider.