If you’ve been here for long, you’ll know by now that even though I love to make things from scratch, I’m a practical person. So, if I love something out there and think it’s healthy, I will go for the store-bought version and use my time wisely. But if there’s something I simply cannot bring myself to use, are preservative and sugar-laden products. So, my philosophy is simple: if it’s good and gives my time to my loved ones, I’ll go for it; if not, I’ll do it myself. I basically make things myself for two reasons – first, I control the result; therefore, I know for sure it will be healthy; second, nothing can beat the charm of lovely, homemade stuff!
One such ingredient that I often use at home during this time of the year is apple cider. And no, it’s not off the supermarket shelves. I make it right here, in my kitchen. It’s simple, easy, and requires barely any effort. The best part? You can do it just like I do too!
So let’s get you started with how to make homemade apple cider. But before that, we’ll talk briefly about the benefits of apples – because what’s apple cider without apples, right? Let’s start:
Benefits of Apple
There’s a reason why they keep saying – an apple a day keeps the doctor away! This fruit is filled with so many vital nutrients we require for the overall health of our body. They help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. The high fiber content in apples helps boost the good cholesterol content in the body while preventing the build-up of bad cholesterol in the blood vessel walls.
The soluble fiber in apples aids digestion, helping us overcome different digestive ailments such as constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The fiber also helps slow down the process of digestion, keeping us full for a longer time. So we can safely conclude that apples are good for those looking for their happy weight.
Apples are rich in anti-inflammatory compounds that can increase the immunity of the body against illnesses. Apples are great for people with diabetes as they slow down the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream. This, in turn, helps regulate blood sugar levels. It’s time we chuck out the notion that apples aren’t good for those with diabetes! But remember fiber is the one doing the heavy lifting here, so if you have to choose between the fruit and a cider (especially the store-bought ones that are filtered or from concentrate), go for the whole fruit, as the juice will only spike the sugar blood levels.
Flavonoid-rich apples may also help prevent Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. So including apples in our diets from the beginning will help us steer clear of these diseases in the later stages of life.
Time to Make Your Own Apple Cider
Apart from the apple cider, you can use apples in a whole different way – in pies, juices, desserts, fruit salads – the list is endless. But for today, I’ll be telling you how you can make homemade apple cider that’s fresh, straight from your very own kitchen, and most importantly, free of sugar and unwanted preservatives.
All you need is a couple of simple ingredients you’ll readily find in your kitchen. Let’s get started!
- 8 red apples sliced
- 1 orange sliced
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice mix
- 1 1/2 tbsp clove
- 8 cups filtered water
- Place fruit and spices into a slow cooker and add the 8 cups of filtered water.
- Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours.
- Uncover the slow cooker, and mash the softened fruit with a potato masher. Cover again and cook on low for 1-2 hours.
- Strain out fruit and spices from the slow cooker into a cheesecloth in a bowl.
- Wait about 20-30 minutes for the cheesecloth to cool. Squeeze out cider from the cheesecloth into the bowl. Pour the cider back into the slow cooker.
- Serve warm, and enjoy!