How To Make Apple Cider

  A few weeks ago, our small group Bible study was in charge of cooking the dinner for our church's Supper and Study program.  That entailed preparing and serving dinner to 250 people on a Wednesday night.

Fortunately for us, some of our good friends have a corn dog stand!  ANNND, they happen to be in our small group.  Any guesses at our menu?

In addition to the corn dogs we served nachos and cheese, sliced apples, and lemon shake-ups.  (Not the healthiest meal, I realize...  There was also supposed to be caramel for the apples.  It was super expensive.  I'd like to pretend that we planned that the apples would be the healthy portion of the meal!)

So for multiple hours, I used my corer/peeler/slicer and sliced some GIANT Jonathan apples.  At the end of the night, we actually had four gallon ziplock bags full of apples leftover.

Whoops.

So, I felt like we should put these apples to good use, and not waste them, so I began searching Google for ideas.

That, my friends, is when I stumbled upon this gem of a video:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xahzhxt8Ye8&w=420&h=315]

Meet Snake.  Apparently (according to him) he also makes skateboarding videos.

WHAT?!

Oh goodness.

But, this guy did know his stuff.  He taught me the following information (which I promptly got up at 5:00 A.M. the next day to put into practice.  No one has ever claimed I am not completely crazy...)

 

I started by pouring 1 cup of water into my food processor.  (Sorry for the dirty processor.  This wasn't my first batch!)

Next, I dumped in my sliced apples and pushed the button.  Gosh, I love the food processor.

This is some nice apple pulp.

Then I scooped the pulp out of the food processor with a measuring cup.

 

I dumped the apple pulp into a prepared jar that has a woman's knee high stocking on it.

For realz.

You think I'm crazy now too?  It gets better.  Keep reading.

 

(Be sure the top of the knee high is secure around the top of the jar.)

 

 

 

Public Service Announcement: I'd suggest that this stocking be clean and never before used.

 

 

 

After filling the knee high, use your hands to squeeze the panty hoes until most of the juice has been extracted.

This step honestly reminded me of milking a COW.

Milk the panty hoes.

Oh goodness...

So, just keep squeezing the pulp until you can't squeeze no mo'.

 

 

After this batch of pulp had run dry, I dumped it down the garbage disposal and ran through all the steps again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.  And again.

Ok, like eight times.

At five A.M.  On a Thursday morning.

My four gallon-sized bags of sliced apples provided over a gallon of apple cider!

It was yummy!

Thanks to Snake the skateboarder, our homegroup was able to enjoy this cider the next week at our Bible Study.

 

 

Naptime.

Why am I surprised?