Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Real Apple Cider

One of my pet peeves is fake foods.  I understand the need for convenience, trust me, I'm the mom of a 2-year-old.  However, our need for convenience has led to a world of fake foods that we rely on when the real deal isn't very hard to make.  So, over the next couple of months, I'll be occasionally posting classic, simple ways to make our favorite holiday foods without packages and powders and preservatives.  You know, like hot cocoa with milk and real chocolate (sans the freeze-dried marshmallows) and delicious green bean casserole without a condensed can of soup (yes, it's possible).

So, in honor of fall and the fact that I actually got to wear a sweatshirt this week, let's start with hot apple cider.  It's so simple and doesn't need to come from those little powder packets!

Here's two delicious, simple cider recipes:

Cinnamon Cider:  Simmer apple cider with a few cinnamon sticks on the stove top for a couple of hours or in the crock pot all day on low.  It's delicious and your house will smell heavenly.

Mulled Cider:  Combine 2 quarts of apple cider, 3 cinnamon sticks, 3 whole allspice berries, 3 whole cloves and one thinly sliced orange in a saucepan.  Simmer for about 10 minutes.

Remember, you don't have to buy a bottle of each spice, just get what you need in the bulk section (see my post of cheap spices to find out how).

What's your favorite way to make apple cider?

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