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Fall brings with it an abundance of seasonal produce – from pumpkins and squash to apples of every shade. Take advantage of your local farmers market (or orchard!) and turn apples into fresh cider at home. No cider press needed – just a large pot or a slow cooker! 

Components: 

• 8-10 apples, sliced 
• 1 orange, sliced 
• 3/4 cup of sugar 
• 2 cinnamon sticks 
• ½ tablespoon of ground nutmeg 
• ½ tablespoon of ground cloves 
• 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 
• Water (enough to cover the top of apples in pot) 

Creation: 

Slice apples with skin on – throw all pieces (including the core) into your pot or slow cooker. 

Add orange slices, sugar and spices to the pot. Cover with water and cook: if you’re using a pot on the stove, bring to a boil and cook for one hour. Turn down heat and let simmer for 2.5-3 hours. If cooking in a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

Let cool and then use a large strainer fitted with a cheesecloth to strain liquid into a bowl. Once the cheesecloth is full, squeeze the apple and spice mixture to release any remaining cider. Store in an airtight container in your fridge for up to one week. 

Cozy up with a warm mug and enjoy!