It is that time of year folks! Apple time. Apples are abundant here! We have so so many!
There are SO many ways to use them, pack them and gift them! I love Apple cider. I love the way the house smells. I love the way it envelopes me in cozy, fall warmth.
I wanted to make it a bit more shelf stable for me, in the process I also made it highly portable. Add it to warm water and bam, Apple cider on-the-go.
Intant Apple Cider:
This recipe makes about 8 cups of powder, each serving is around 1Tbsp per 6oz.
-1 cup of sugar (I used fair trade, organic turbinado but any sugar would work well. Below I tested this with stevia grown from my garden)
-One whole Apple, peels included, dehydrated
-One vanilla bean inner beans, not the exterior
-1 Tbsp of the following:
-1/2 Tbsp of the following:
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
-One tsp of the following:
Same ingredients as above EXCEPT the sugar. Stevia is SO MUCH SWEETER than sugar. And it has a bit of an herbal after taste.
-1/2 cup of real, home grown stevia herb.
-Double up on the following to cut the herbal taste:
The stevia Recipe did not blend as well in water. I'm going to try to put this into a smoothie blend instead.
I know those are a lot of things people don't have just laying around like I do. Feel free to stick with the basics: Cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger. Like I said, I just had these laying around anyway and wanted to use them.
Blend!! Blend FOREVER in your food processor. Of course, give it breaks so it doesn't break but yup. You probably will end up with some chunks, I did. FILTER IT. In my pictures, you can see the Apple chunks, which I liked. But you can pass it through a fine sifter for a smooth powder that easily blends with water. If you processed it fine enough, you should not have any issues. If you do have issues, feel free to blend longer!
Add about 6oz of hot water per 3-4 Tbsp or to taste.
I would keep this in the freezer and say it would last as long as the weakest ingredient, the apples. For mine, I'm betting on a month outside the freezer. In the freezer, around 2 months. But I'll be watching very closely, as should everyone else. Depending on how you dehydrate your apples, that will be the main component in how fast this goes bad. Freezing it slows the process and I find it doesn't effect it's use. It's a pretty fine powder after all the blending. Worth it to make it last longer!
This a fantastic gift! I love packing it up in glass jars with an adorable stamped spoon and cup! I also attach a recipe/ ingredients list and how to use card. So adorable, delicious and functional!
Always attach ingredients lists for any gift or homemade item! Never know how much people appreciate the effort! I know a few gifts I have gotten, I had allergic reactions to. I rarely use anything now that doesn't have all the ingredients listed. Rarely because fruit baskets are an exception! Anything handmade with no label, skin care or food, I won't touch. No offense of course!
Give this a shot! I'll be testing a pumpkin cider to-go recipe this week as well!
Even some summery smoothie to-go ideas! Why not? Winter, it's a comin'. The time of fresh produce from our local farmers will be temporarily suspended. So I'm in prepping mode!
Love and Cider anyone?
The Smart Girl in Pants
The Smart Girl in Pants