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Alicia's Crab Apple Cider

An easy way to make a delicious, nutritious, beautiful fall drink from foraged crab apples


  • crab apples
  • water
  • sugar or honey


  • Wash the crab apples and remove the stems and blossom ends. Cut into quarters.
  • Put them in a big pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until they are very tender and they have lost much of their color.
  • Line a strainer with some cheesecloth and scoop it into the strainer over a big bowl. Squeeze the juice out of the crab apples and add the crab apples to the compost pile.
  • Return the liquid to the pan and add sugar (or other sweetener) to taste. Bring back to a simmer to dissolve the sugar and add some water if it’s too strong. If it’s not strong enough, simmer to reduce it until it’s just right.
  • Serve warm (our favorite way) or chill.