Hi, Strangers! I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted.
In true, unpredictable fashion, life has a way of doing it’s own thing. It’s crazy how quickly time passes, isn’t it? Like the changing of seasons, weeks – nay, months – can pass in just a blink of an eye.
Amidst all this kerfuffle, there’s been one constant in my days that have left me feeling content: my trusty crock pot.
It sounds corny, but I really do think that a crock pot is one of life’s little pleasures. Toss some ingredients in, let it do it’s thing all day, and by night you have a delicious meal ready and just waiting for you to devour.
I have a lot of go-to crock pot recipes for these autumn months: stew, ribs, sticky garlic chicken. But, surprisingly, some of my favourite crock pot recipes aren’t actually meals. There are numerous benefits of a crock pot that don’t necessarily involve dinner.
Case in point: this crock pot apple cider. Made from scratch. With real apples.
Apple cider is one of my quintessential fall drinks. It’s warm, cozy, has all the classic flavours of fall, and is perfect for sipping when strolling with the dog on a rainy day or when moseying through your local pumpkin patch. I’ve usually made my apple cider in the crock pot with plain apple juice, but this year, I thought I’d Pinterest it up.
Turns out, apple cider from scratch is quite possibly one of the most delicious things to come out of my crock pot yet.
Don’t be intimidated by “from scratch”. By using your crock pot, this cider couldn’t be simpler. You don’t even need to peel the apples; just toss them in with some spices, fresh ginger, an orange, and water, and let it simmer away for 6-8 hours until the apples have softened enough mash. Then, simply strain through a fine mesh sieve and sweeten to taste.
- Crisp, fresh apples (no peeling required!)
- A juicy orange, for some natural sweetness
- Fresh ginger, for a bit of bite
- Aromatic cinnamon, because what’s an autumnal apple drink without cinnamon?
Optional (but highly recommended, especially with Halloween right around the corner!): a shot of rum! If that won’t warm you up, I don’t know what will.
|Crock Pot Apple Cider|| || |
- 6-8 large apples (I like honeycrisp), quartered
- 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced thin
- 1 orange, quartered
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1-2 tsp whole cloves
- Sweetener (sugar, maple syrup, honey, you choose!)
- Place apples, ginger, orange, cinnamon, and cloves in a slow cooker.
- Fill slow cooker to the top with water; cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- About one hour before cider is finished cooking, use a potato masher to mash up all the apples. Cover and continue cooking for one more hour.
- Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve, pushing out as much liquid as you can. Sweeten to taste using your preferred sweetener.