Thursday, August 23, 2007

stove top cider

We're getting just a few weeks from the equinox, so start celebrating early. If you're lucky enough to have a cider mill in your neighborhood (My folks live 20 minutes from a farm with an apple press) make the trip to pick up some all-natural, unprocessed, fresh pressed cider (Take that Louie Pasteur!) If you don’t want to do the legwork, or don’t care, go to the grocery store and get some.

If you're feeling really industrious, and have some extra gusto and cash. Buy one of these homepresses, and spend an afternoon with friends and family at a U-pick orchard. For a ridiculously cheap amount you can collect all the bruised and clumsy apples they won't sell and make enough cider to last a nomal person through late fall and me about 2 weeks. This is much easier to do if you live near Washington State, or in the Northeast. But you'll figure something out no matter where you reside if you're clever. Or have a phonebook.

Stove Top Cider
At home get out a medium sized pot and fill it with about 5 cups of cold cider. Put the range on a medium low heat and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon. As the cider warms up, add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a sprinkle of clove (not much, just enough to make it woodsy). Keep stirring so that the cider doesn’t rise or curdle. When it’s at a comfortable hot-chocolate temperature serve in a hearty mugs with an optional cinnamon stick. Do not use a microwave. It never heats evenly and is also horribly tacky for such a sacred task. Now go outside on the porch with a blanket, pet your dogs (or cat, or rabbit, or lover, or borrow someone else’s) and enjoy. Invite over a friend. Serve a slice of applecake (not pie).

This is the as good as it gets all year. Satiate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

damn i wish it wasn't still over 100 degrees down here. all this talk of fall is making me ridiculously homesick (my mother's been informing almost constantly of the beautiful weather back home). and apple cider just doesn't make sense when consumed in front of the AC. argh.

the cider does sound delicious though!

August 23, 2007 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger HEATHER said...

agreed taylor. we beat a record over here today. 100 degrees (last time i checked). theres a ban on backcountry fires until further notice and little river is pretty much too low to swim in!

August 23, 2007 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

that was the hardest part about living in tennessee for me. The fall and winter. I loved the thunderstorms and summer nights with fireflies in TN (which i missed horribly here) and when I was there I was so sad for a blustery chilly fall and heavy snows. Can you tell I was raised in PA? Where we're spoiled with all the good stuff all year long.

August 23, 2007 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

"is also horribly tacky for such a sacred task" - That warms my heart. I always make warmed milk on the stove with a dash of almond flavoring and nutmeg for the very same reason. It's as if it's not real food if you're not connected to it.

August 12, 2010 at 1:39 AM  

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