Apple Cider is quite popular in the Northwest during the Fall season. But it is not quite Fall now, and I wanted to make a recipe recently that required apple cider. After scouring the grocery shelves and online sources I was astonished and frustrated. Not only was apple cider expensive, but full of sugar – lots! In a typical 8 ounce serving of a store brand apple cider blend, there are 120 calories and 29 grams of sugar!
So my quest then was turned to making my own apple cider for a healthier choice. And my apple trees are bursting with apples so I had a source right in my own backyard for making this cider. This version amounts to 90 calories and 19 grams of sugar per serving. Much lower in sugar and better in calorie count. Oh, and did I mention it makes the house smell wonderful while simmering away in the crockpot?
And please don’t ask me what happened to the recipe I was going to make that needed apple cider. That ship sailed out of my memory bank as I got involved in the making of the apple cider, maybe never to return. Oh well.
Cut up and ready to be cooked.
Fruit simmering away in the crockpot.
Strain chunks of fruit.
Oh so tasty!
P.S. Hubby wants me to keep the apple cider in the fridge for a longer period of time to see if I can turn it into Apple Jack. Well, I had to explain to him that would be a whole other blog post and I was highly unqualified to take on that task. 🙂