Thursday, September 24, 2009

Makin' cider in the basement...


In the residential areas that surround Ambrose, there are many crab-apple trees. These apples, considered bitter and useless to the general population, become ripe and fall to the ground, wasted.
My roommate and I started eating them off the trees in passing, and then began storing them in our room. As we accumulated apples, we began to wonder what we could do with them...this led to our experiments with making apple juice. (which were quite successful, though primitive) Because it's made by boiling the apples (skins & all) the juice ends up being a dark pink color, and has a strong flavor. Yesterday, while making a batch, I ran across a container of cinnamon and some brown sugar...hence the title. While it's somewhat lacking in spice, for being almost entirely free, it tastes fabulous.

(for the record, this is partly why I haven't responded to emails for several days...)

2 comments:

Michael N. said...

If you mix the crabapple juice with ginger ale and some white sugar, you get an awesome apple punch. My family has 3 or 4 jugs of it in our fridge right now.

Kelsey Sturm said...

Thanks for the tip! We're trying it this weekend when we have open dorms...