Introduction: How to Make Apple Cider Without a Juicer and How to Double It for Free

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Now that its getting cold
and winter is coming in
i get a big craving for apple cider
but i don't have a juicer (yet)
so i'll show you how to make apple cider
with a blender/food processor
and then i'll show you how to use the nasty leftovers to double the amount of cider you already have for FREE

PS: I based this instructable off of other apple cider instructables
but they all used a juicer and created only one batch with it

Step 1: Ingredients

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-Apples (you can use a variety of apples but i prefer red delicious with gala)
-spices (i used cinnamon and nutmeg)

-blender/ food processor
-an undershirt that you out grew or ripped
-cutting board

Step 2: Core and Cut

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wash the apples
remove the apple cores and cut them into smaller pieces

Step 3: Boil Em!

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toss the apples into a pan and add water
as the apples start to soften
pour them out into a separate bowl
the apples should be soft enough for you to stick your finger into the slices

PS: I made some jello while the apples cooked

Step 4: Blend Em!

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toss them into your blender or processor
and wreak havoc!

after the apples turn into apple sauce, dump them out onto your extra shirt
and SQUEEZE and twist
ring out as much apple cider as you can

then after you have a good amount add spices to taste
you can also add other juices at this time

Step 5: Move Over Recylcing, Cuz We're Reusing

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now take those mushy apple fibers and using the same water you used to boil the apples
mix them together
and cook them

while its cooking
add sugar
as most of the sugar from the apples has already been squeezed out

now just as in the last step
ring out all the juice you can get from your new mixture

Step 6: Optional

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Refine it if you want to
mine has some mushy stuff still in it
so i poured it back into the shirt
and ringed it out again
but not as tightly as the first time
and then i re-spiced the cider
and added a little cream on the top


Norfolkson (author)2016-08-07

I depends if you are English or American. What the Americans call "Cider" in England is apple juice to an Englishman. Cider in England is alcoholic, otherwise it's just apple juice.

tedwestbrook (author)2010-04-21

Well Karel, you're right, it IS apple juice!  That's what Cider IS MAN!  If you want alcohol, you make HARD Cider (i.e. you add sugar and yeast and ferment the stuff).  If you use grapes or some other fruit, we call it wine.  Hard Cider is just fermented apple juice.  Try making some, you'll probably love it!

JeremiahA1 (author)tedwestbrook2014-11-23

i commented on this above...

Karel Jansens (author)2008-11-15

Wait, that's just warm apple juice, right? Where's the booze, man?

BakerV (author)Karel Jansens2014-10-05

for your information you u r talking about HARD cider; not normal cider

JeremiahA1 (author)BakerV2014-11-23

no, hard cider is normal cider, only in america (where i am) do we think the opposite, because we created the "kiddie" version just like the kiddie cocktail. everywhere else in the world calls hard cider regular cider and the other is alcohol free cider...

asdterror (author)Karel Jansens2010-11-24

Oh man-- comparing apple juice to fresh cider is like comparing PBR to a Ninkasi Believer Double Red Ale. It's quite heady enough without booze!

BakerV (author)2014-10-05

aweome cider, man!

tech123456789 (author)2010-08-26

i thought in order to make apple cider you can't cook the apples

That's right. You can't cook the apples.

Onitenshu (author)tech1234567892010-11-07

that's just a misconception. you can cook the apples or use them raw it only changes the taste a bit. but if you're like me and you like hot apple cider then it tastes the same either way.

jgifford3 (author)2011-10-14

I like to take the leftover mush and make a pumpkin type pie. I just substitute the apple mush for the pumpkin mush. A little extra sugar than the recipe calls for and it is delish!

teamjandfriends (author)2011-10-08

I will make an Instructible JUST for You Bgelcantogirl, it will teach you how to read, and follow instructions.
If you read the INSTRUCTIONS, it tells you where you must add the sugar.

SageMinto (author)2011-02-22

Looks refreshing! :P

bgelcantogirl (author)2011-01-23

Now how many apples where used and how sugar did you use?


bgelcantogirl (author)2011-01-23

I have a question, where do you add the sugar?

Great idea for apple cider.

Safemac (author)2010-03-21

Sorry its a bit late, but I just found this instructable - If you (at step 5) add ground cloves and cinnamon you have most of the making of apple-butter. Normally, they take cider, and add apple mush, and boil it down to concentrate the flavor; however if you take the "mush" and run it thru a old fashioned food mill (the cone shaped ones with a wooden roller inside, or the one that looks like a pan colander with a half a propeller blade9?Foley Food Mill?) and use the applesauce that comes out, putting the juice back in the cider like his says, you fairly dry applesauce.  Add the spices and gently boil, and it will be apple-butter in an hour or too.  At least it worked when we took the dry mush from a real old apple press, put it thru the Foley, and then added the spice - maybe not as good as the stuff that boiled for days, but great taste, and very little problems for a diabetic who liked something on her bread, but could not use jelly or most jams.   Well done Instructable, and I will be trying it this fall. 

Aleksandr Skotbot (author)2008-11-15

yum! I'm tempted to try it, but blending large recipes in my magic bullet is SUCH a pain.

Magic bullets suck. It's a wonder I still use mine sometimes.

fritsie123 (author)2008-11-15

Cook it, and use it as a starter for making wine. It will be good! Or, if you want something even better (but slightly more expensive) add champagne yeast and make a very, very fine drink. (no it will not taste like champagne, but it is quite tasty). Or, the most easy way, just put it in a large bottle with a vapor lock and let it ferment on its own, just like shooby said.

shooby (author)2008-11-15

Bottle this and let it sit, and it'll ferment.

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