The most exciting part was when I started looking around at methods, I discovered you don't need to peel or core the apples! Just quarter them up and toss in a pot - easy peasy!
The Store Brand: Harris Teeter Farmer's Market Apple Cider
8-10 apples (any color, any kind)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Quarter all the apples and put them in a large pot.
- Add water until the apples are just covered.
- Add sugars and spices.
- Keep at a rolling boil for about an hour.
- Cover and cook at a low simmer for 2 hours.
- Mash up the apples with a potato masher.
And finally, mmmmm:
The final product looked just like apple cider! The flavor was good - I think the spices were a little excessive. Next time I would probably half the cinnamon and allspice. Once it was chilled, it was really thick. Probably could have added some more water to get a better consistency and tone down the spices.
Compared to the store brand, I had a hard time loving my homemade version. The homemade batch did have a great flavor, but the thickness was definitely weirding me out. I just like my drinks to be liquid.
What about the cost breakdown? Most of the cost in the homemade was the apples ($4.95). The homemade version cost almost twice as much as the store bought. $5.50 for a half gallon of cider seems pretty steep for me. Combine that with the 3 hours of simmering and phew, I'm not sure about this effort.
|Harris Teeter Farmers Market Apple Cider||64 fl oz||$ 3.49||$ 0.05|
|Homemade||64 fl oz||$ 5.53||$ 0.09|
Even though it was a great way to use up some expiring apples, I'd have to say:
Bake or Buy? BUY!