Over the years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has accumulated a wealth of apple knowledge. In this collection of apple cider resources, you'll learn everything you need to turn fresh, juicy apples into delicious, sweet cider.
In this collection of cider features, we take you through the entire cider-making adventure — starting with planning and planting your own apple orchard. After you’ve successfully harvested fall's sweetest crop, learn how to build and use a cider press or mill. Then, follow our recipes to make your own delicious, homemade cider. Learn how to use apple cider in recipes to add a refreshingly sweet twist to old standbys. This collection of articles will help you savor the taste of fall year-round.
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Starting an Apple Orchard
A detailed discussion of choosing, growing and pruning fruit trees in your home orchard.
By choosing apple varieties and rootstocks adapted to your area's climate and pests, keeping trees healthy through good site selection, and using biological controls, you can grow high-quality, low-spray apples.
In the late 1700s, hard cider was North America’s most popular beverage. During 1767, the average citizen of Massachusetts drank more than 35 gallons of cider. Now an estimated four of five apple varieties unique to the continent have been lost from commerce. And these days most Americans have never even tried a fine, fermented, dry cider.Fall's Sweetest Harvest
Before you can enjoy fall's sweetest harvest it's important to understand which type of apple trees produce the sweetest varieties and which press will provide the easiest road to apple cider heaven.
Best Cider Apple Varieties
Prune your planting list to these expert picks for the best cider apple varieties, and you’ll be making apple cider to sigh for.
How to Grow Apples
From planting to pruning to controlling pests to harvesting, you can learn how to grow apples in most areas of North America.
If you're thinking of planting fruit trees, have a look here so you'll know how to do it right.
Growing fruit trees organically is possible with the proper amount of care and attention. To bite into a fresh peach, or spread homemade apple butter on warm bread, is the epitome of a sweet, sweet reward.
When you begin planting apple trees, follow these rules to improve your chances of success.
You don't even need to buy apples if you have an abandoned apple tree nearby. Just gather the fruit, and press it into delicious cider for pennies per gallon.
Make delicious, intoxicating hard cider at home with this simple process.
When autumn brings a glut of orchard fruits, capture the goodness as juice by cooking extraction or cold pressing. Juices can be used alone or mixed to produce sweet or hard ciders, wines, syrups, and more.
Don't settle for the thin, pasteurized, store-bought stuff. Making apple cider is cheaper and infinitely more refreshing
This mulled apple cider recipe is a great way to stay warm on a cold winter day.
Our home brewing resources page containing links to 30 MOTHER EARTH NEWS articles.
Check out these resources including recommended books and websites to learn more about heirloom apples, as well as the how-to and history of cider making.
Cider Presses and Mills
Follow these step-by-step instructions to make this easy-to-build cider press, and start enjoying homemade apple cider and apple jack.
Do you have access to a lot of apples? Build this cider mill and you can turn them into a lot of apple cider!
This article includes step-by-step building instructions, photographs and cutaway diagram for how to convert a washing machine into a homemade juice extractor.
One of the sweetest things about homemade cider is the pressing of it.
We have accumulated a list of cideries for your convenience, as well as a map of cider makers where you can add your own favorite producers.
The MOTHER EARTH NEWS team, along with other Ogden Publications employees, had the exciting opportunity to give cider pressing a try. Herrick Kimball from Whizbang Cider graciously donated the press, and our team had a great time making and drinking delicious apple (with a few pears thrown in) cider.
Apple Cider Recipes
This recipe for apple stock adds a depth of fall flavor to dishes normally cooked with chicken stock or vegetable stock, such as butternut squash soup.
The Douthit family show you how to make apple butter, an old-timey food tradition and a fun seasonal project.
You don’t need toast to enjoy this apple butter cocktail made with farm-fresh hard cider.
Homemade vinegar is as easy to make as mushing up fruit, straining the pulp from the juice, then bottling it for months until your natural vinegar is ready to use.
Learn what to do with windfall apples that have fallen off the tree early. Ideas include healthful "pink juice" and skin-on chips.
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