Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Apple Cider Mama Presses Her Own Apple Cider
Over Labor Day Weekend, our family met my Idahoan in-laws mid-state for a campout and orchard visit. We picked our own organic peaches and apples, eating them out of hand right off the tree. We also enjoyed a hayride through the orchards, and at the end of our visit, even pressed our own cider with the apples we had picked. We used a combination of Galas and Macs (Macintoshes) for the cider, and boy was it delicious!
Our peaches yielded a pretty collection of halves in juice to be enjoyed in the cold, dreary days of winter. Our apples are destined for jars of applesauce and spiced apple butter and the first delicious pies of the season.
In the meanwhile, we’ve been enjoying some hot, spiced cider with molasses crinkle cookies, the old recipe passed down through my hometown’s Junior League, the only one my family has used since I can remember. It almost seems a waste, though. Who wants cookies when you can pluck sun-blushed gems from the full basket on the table?