This year our apple tree didn’t produce. But bless our friends who were so generous to give us a few BOXES of apples. 🙂 I have made apple crisp and apple cheesecake. I have infused my water with apple slices (which is quite delicious!) and tried making applesauce. And perhaps most delicious is just eating fresh apples.
Oh, and I also am experimenting with apple cider vinegar. 😉
I decided to try juice, and I say “try” because I’m not well-versed in this area. There’s no way I was going to try canning because I am definitely a newbie at that. BUT, I have a slow cooker and I know how to use it.
This blog is completely amateur because it was simply my experiment.
But I think it turned out quite nice!
I had some extra cranberries that I purchased for our KidStir experiment, so the plan was Apple Cranberry Juice.
- 12 oz. package of cranberries, washed
- 12 small apples (give or take), cored and quarterd
- 1/2 cup sweetener – I used 1/4 cup maple syrup (the real stuff) and 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
Here’s What I Did:
- Place cranberries in the bottom of a slow cooker (mine is a 3.5 quart)
- Top with apples so slow cooker is almost full.
- Top with sweetener.
- Fill with water so apples are 3/4 covered.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or so, or until apples are soft and mushy.
- Mash with a potato masher.
- Then run through a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t like pulp, add a coffee filter or cheesecloth to your strainer. I don’t mind a little pulp, so I didn’t do that.
- That’s it! I froze some and we drank some fresh right away. It is good hot or cold.
I tried apple juice the same way, minus the added sweetener, and I thought it turned out well. The kids drink it anyway! 🙂
Instead of using the smaller crock, I used a large slow cooker, filled it with apples, added water until it was 3/4 of the way up the apples, and cooked it until the apples were nice and soft.
Here’s what I got.