Apple Cider

Apple cider is a popular beverage made from the pressed juice of apples, predominantly used in the United States and Canada. Unpasteurized or untreated, it is cloudy, often tangy, with a characteristic amber hue. It may be consumed as a plain, fresh apple juice, or undergo fermentation, becoming alcoholic, commonly labeled "hard cider." Ideal for various uses, apple cider offers refreshing enjoyment during the warmer months and comforting warmth when served heated with spices during colder seasons. Its versatility extends to cooking and baking, adding sweet and tangy flavors to myriad dishes and desserts.
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Apple Cider FAQ
Apple cider is widely used either as a drink itself or as an ingredient in various culinary preparations. People often go wrong when they confuse apple cider with apple cider vinegar, which is essentially fermented cider and much more acidic. Also, substituting apple cider with apple juice in recipes can lead to different final flavors because apple juice is typically sweeter and less tart than fresh cider. To get the most out of apple cider, preferably use one made from a mix of apple varieties for a more complex flavor. A interesting trick is to use cider as a meat tenderizer. The acidity helps to break down the proteins in the meat, resulting in a softer, juicier dish.
Can I use apple cider instead of apple juice in a recipe?
Can you use apple cider in place of apple cider vinegar in a recipe?
Can I use apple cider to tenderize meat?
Is apple cider healthier than apple juice?
What is hard cider?
Does boiling apple cider remove alcohol?
Can I use apple cider in baking?
Can I use apple cider to make a glaze?
Can apple cider be used as a marinade?
Can apple cider be used to make a vinaigrette?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does apple cider expire?
Unopened, a commercially packaged apple cider can last 1-2 months past its printed date when stored in a cool, dark place. Once opened, it's best to enjoy it within 7-10 days when refrigerated. Homemade apple cider, however, should be consumed within 2 weeks of making. If you've frozen your apple cider – a great way to extend its freshness – can last in the freezer for up to one year.
How do you tell if apple cider is bad?
Apple cider has a nice, crisp, sweet-fresh apple scent when it's good. If it's gone bad, it'll smell rotten or have an off-putting sour smell, similar to vinegar or wine, which suggests it's started to ferment. Sometimes, you may also notice a slimy texture or see mold. If it looks, smells, or tastes off, it's best to throw it away.
Tips for storing apple cider to extend shelf life
• Always store apple cider in the refrigerator once opened. This helps slow down the fermenting process. Remember to seal the bottle or container well. • If you bought a lot of cider, or maybe made a batch at home, consider freezing some. Before you do, pour out a little to not burst the container as liquids expand when frozen. Freeze in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. • Store unopened bottles of apple cider in a cool, dark place like the pantry until ready to use. • Always use a clean utensil or pour directly from the bottle into your glass to prevent contamination from bacteria or yeast. • Don't leave apple cider at room temperature for more than a few hours. If it's been out too long, it's best to discard it.
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