Remember when I told you that apples are in my top 5 favorite foods?
Last weekend I was in bliss enjoying all Southern California’s apple country has to offer. Mountain views, check. Apple cider donuts, check. Walking through apple groves, check. Making our own fresh cider, check.
We’ve been going to Oak Glen every year for the past 4 years and last year was our first time apple picking! Such a fun experience and especially neat if you’ve got little ones. Beware, though, if you don’t make it early enough in the season (September), by the time you get there all the apple trees are picked clean, which was exactly our experience this year. Not to worry, the farms keep some of the trees to themselves so they can still sell apples throughout the season. And even though we weren’t able to pick our own apples off the trees, we made this year a first of its own, pressing our own cider!
You can either buy bagged apples from the farms or pick through apple crates of all varieties until you fill a bucket. We decided to sort through the crates so we could choose each apple and create a special blend.
Then you wash the apples,
and pulverize them…
…into apple mush.
Then you press all the mush…
…until get you cider.
I love that this cider is fresh, raw and unfiltered. And I love that it tastes SO good!
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