Some of our fondest memories were when we were a young growing military family stationed in upstate New York. The winters were long and the snow was something that this born and raised California girl could never get enough of. Even on those snowed-in days, our sweet little family and the coziness of our vintage iron radiators, kept us nice and warm inside.
While living in upstate NY, one of the things we loved to do each year was to take the littles to the nearby cider mill. We would order their fresh apple cider cinnamon donuts to go with their fresh pressed apple cider. We also picked up a few bags full of some locally grown apples.
The smells wafting through the air in the fall were only second to the breathtaking views of the waterfall behind the old mill. It made for great family photo ops.
Well, as you can imagine, there are no old cider mills close to us deep in the hollow. So this year, I was so excited that our apple trees produced enough apples to fill up 8 bushels full. You can believe that we have put them all to good use. I feel like the “Bubba” Apples of the hollow right about now as we have enjoyed homemade apple cider, Einkorn apple pie, apple butter, apple sauce, apple rings, apple vinegar, and coming soon…apple cider donuts and apple leather.
Keep reading to see how easy it is to make this delicious homemade apple cider at home. All you need are a handful of simple ingredients, filtered water, and your Instant Pot and you are in apple cider-making business.
In all the years we have owned our property, this is the first year that we had a harvest this large. We outsmarted the crows by picking our apples a little earlier this year. And although our apples looked a bit like “misfits,” they still had a delicious taste and perfect texture on the inside.
These homegrown, freshly picked apples did not disappoint and have been used in some of our favorite fall recipes, like apple butter, apple pie, apple vinegar, apple and cinnamon pancakes, apple waffles, apple rings, and so much more.
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SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- instant Pot (we have the 6 quart, but I think eventually I will need to go up a size or two)
- sharp knife (I love a good Santoku knife like these here)
- filtered water (we love our Berkey Water Filter)
- wooden cutting board (I prefer wooden because it is more natural and easier to clean)
- 8-10 organic apples (variety of your choice)
- 3 large or 5 small organic oranges
- 8-10 slivers of fresh ginger
- 5 sticks cinnamon
- 1/2c pure maple syrup
- filtered water
- No need to peel the apples. Simply wash and quarter.
- Place into Instant Pot (IP).
- Peel and quarter the oranges and place in IP.
- Slice the ginger and place in IP.
- Add the five sticks of cinnamon.
- Pour the pure maple syrup on top at the end.
- Pour filtered water and fill to the "max" line.
- Place lid on with silicone ring and select "Pressure Cook."
- Lastly, select "Custom" and set time to 25 mins.
- Allow the steam to vent naturally, when cooking time is complete. Allow to cool to room temperature before straining.
- Carefully remove the lid and store in a large mason jar or an airtight glass jar.
- Place the cider in refrigerator and enjoy.
Should last up to five days. If it manages to last that long.
The smell is heavenly and makes me look forward even more to autumn this year.
You just can’t beat a nice spicy homemade apple cider! This recipe may be simple, but the fresh taste can’t be beat.
The more it sits, the more flavorful it becomes.
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Continue to follow along as we get a jump start on the “taste of fall” in the hollow and share more of our favorite apple recipes from our “recipe box” to yours.