Wild Oats #12DaysofOrganic: Organic Apple Cider

Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider
•10 medium organic apples, any mix you prefer!
•1 large organic orange
•3 Wild Oats cinnamon sticks
•1 whole organic nutmeg
•2 teaspoons whole organic cloves
•1/2 teaspoon whole organic allspice
•12-16 cups water
•½ cup organic brown sugar (or your desired organic sweetener*)

1. Clean apples and orange and cut them into quarters and place in slow cooker. There is no need to remove peels, core, stem or seeds at this point.
2. Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Cover with water, filling the slow cooker until it is nearly full. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours, or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
3. One hour before the cider is finished, use a potato masher to mash the apple and orange pieces. Finish cooking for one more hour.
4. Strain out the apple cider juice into a clean pitcher or pot – using a fine mesh strainer or even cheese cloth to get as much juice as possible. Stir in the brown sugar until it is dissolved, tasting as you go to get the sweetness level you desire.

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