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Homemade Apple Cider

Prep Time:

20 Minutes

Cook Time:

3 Hours


1/2 Gallon



About the Recipe

Picked some apples off our tree earlier today. I have homemade apple cider now simmering on the stove.


  • 10-12 medium apples of choice, quartered

  • 2 oranges, quartered

  • 2 lemons, quartered

  • 1 Tablespoon whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks

  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon ground allspice

  • 10-12 Cups water (enough water to cover & leave 1-2

  • Inches of head space in the pot. I'm using a 7 quart

  • Dutch oven

  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar. May use more or less according to preferred taste.


Remove stems from apples. Quarter whole apples, lemons & oranges leaving peels on and place into a Dutch oven. Add spices and water. Bring to a simmer using high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 2 hours.

After 2 hours mash fruit with a potato masher or mash fruit on the side of the pot with a wooden spoon. Cover and simmer for 1 more hour.

Strain with a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl then place cheesecloth in strainer & re-strain. Add brown sugar to sweeten. Stir until dissolved. Serve warm or chilled.

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