I personally find it annoying when Labour Day passes and everyone says how the “summer is over”. Oh are you now some meteorologist? Is your name Nostradamus and you can predict seasonal changes? No. The summer is over at the end of September like my calendar tells me, so don’t give me this back to school thing. I haven’t been in school for like a decade. I have 3 weeks vacation for the entire year, so my “summer” has been “over” for weeks.
And also, it was like 35*C this past weekend. We had to turn on the AC because it was so hot…or was it just me? He he he…no, it was actually just the weather.
But I digress. Autumn only started officially a couple days ago but it’s still pretty hot out. Even with the hot temps, you know all that autumn stuff will be out in full force which basically means everything you consume is now orange and some kind of pumpkin spice. I’ve already wrote on this blog how I don’t like those Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes or whatever they’re called. I tried it once and I prefer to keep my $7 and not have pumpkin spice diarrhea.
I really enjoy apple flavours for autumn like apple pie and apple cider, so I decided to try making my own. When I mentioned that, someone remarked, “You know you could just buy it at the store”. Oh really? I had no idea! Maybe I should just get a wheelchair, strap on a diaper and really make no effort in life anymore. Sometimes it’s nice to get off your ass and make something. Sheesh.
Other recipes have a lot of sugar in their apple ciders, which I’m not really into. I don’t like adding a lot especially since apples already have their own natural sugars. If you make anything in a slow cooker, then this is an easy recipe for you. Just toss in the ingredients, turn it on and eff off.
Homemade Apple Cider
12 cups of water
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 tsp ground clove
1 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of salt
Basically toss everything into a large stock pot. Different apples can create different flavours, I guess, but I mean, an apple tastes like an apple. I don’t think my sense of taste is that honed in like some apple sommelier. I used macintosh and gala because they were on sale.
Oh and the great thing is, you don’t need to peel the apples. Just cut out the cores and toss those bitches into the pot. How easy!
Let it come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer with the lid on or partially opened. Some recipes said one hour without a lid and then put it on. Then you read comments in those recipes and people are like “I had like 1 cup of liquid remain”. That is dumb. Why would you want it to evaporate that much? Close the lid and call it a day.
After 3 hours or so, it should be good. You can do a taste test. At this point, you can decide if you want to add another round of those spices. I might’ve sprinkled in some more cinnamon, but I can’t remember because it was like 3 days ago. You can add in a tsp of vanilla extract if you want. I didn’t.
This recipe makes about 2 litres or more of homemade apple cider…so now what? Drink it? Well yea, but next blog I’ll have a booze recipe and don’t you dare toss out those mushy apple leftovers either because I have a use for them as well. Basically I have your attention for two more blog posts…or not. Whatever, this ain’t my day job.