How To Make Zero Waste Apple Cider
Apple cider is a favorite drink for countless people all around the world. In the fall, when apple orchards are finished processing their harvest, fresh apple cider hits the shelves. But nearly without exception, this apple cider comes in a plastic container.
Every day, more than 8 million pieces of plastic litter makes its way into the ocean. As the plastic pollution epidemic gets worse, more people are becoming aware and moving away from using single-use plastic containers. Doing so often involves finding plastic alternatives or learning to make things yourself.
So if you're ready to give it a shot, let's learn how to make our own apple cider.
How to make apple cider
Believe it or not, apple cider is not an especially complicated beverage to make yourself. All you need is apples, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, water, and a few hours of free time.
You will need:
- 10 apples
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground allspice
The prep time for this recipe is pretty brief, only about 15 minutes. First, quarter your apples and place them in a large stockpot. Add water until your apples are covered by about 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil uncovered for one hour, then reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 2 hours.
Once your cider is fully cooked, remove from heat, allow to cool a bit, then strain through a cheesecloth. We've also heard of people using coffee filters to strain the cider. Refrigerate until cold and serve.
Some feedback for this recipe: if you don't like an especially sweet cider, you can reduce the amount of sugar used to a half a cup. If you like the taste of cloves, adding a bit of the spice to the cider gives it a richer flavor.