Old Fashioned Apple Cider

 A friend and I were walking through antique stores with our husbands during a car show this last month and we came across one of these bad boys.

Juice Press

I told her my mom had one and she told me her dad had apples. So we concluded we needed to try to make apple cider.

Apples

We got together last Saturday at her house.  She had a nice table outside.  The weather was perfect for such a project of making apple cider.

We weren’t really sure how to make cider, but we both looked up some recipes.  We concluded we should just boil the apple and press them in the press.

Apples cut

We cut up a couple bags of these apple, just in half.  We didn’t peel or core them. Then we put them in a pot of boiling water.

boiling water

We let them boil for about 20 minutes.  Since they were small apples, they got super soft super fast.

We transferred them to the table and put a few in the press and cranked the handle with great anticipation …

Pressing

We turned and turned and turned the handle … We got this tiny bit of apple sauce type juice..  Not what we were expecting. but we figured we’d go with it.

We put another bath of apples in the water and boiled them for only 5 minutes this time.  Hoping to get more juice and less sauce..  It didn’t work.

Some juice

She broke out her little food processer, but that just gave us apple type salsa.  So it was on to the juicer.  She just started putting in chopped up apples.

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We were getting real juice!! Really fast with little effort!  It was awesome.  Not old fashioned, but awesome.  lol

We figured if we put it in a pot on the stove, add some cloves and cinnamon sticks, we’d get a cider.  Our type of cider anyway.  We added a little extra cinnamon to spice it up a bit and enjoyed a hot cup of cider on her deck!

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The cider didn’t come the way we had planned.  The way I had hoped.  The old fashioned way.  But it was a lovely day, with a good friend trying something we’d never done before.

What about you?  Have you tried something from the days of old like this?  Did it turn out, or did you have to improvise?

Happy Fall ♥ Sabrina