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
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.