This comprehensive guide will show you all the steps necessary for freezing and serving apple cider at your next party!
Apple cider is a fall favorite that many people enjoy year-round. It’s delicious and refreshing, but also makes for a great cooking ingredient!
If you have an abundance of apple cider in your fridge this time of year, don’t just let it go to waste freeze it! Here are some tips on how to freeze apple cider so you can use it all winter long.
What is better than apple cider? The answer is iced apple cider. If you want to get your hands on this delicious beverage that tastes like fall, then you will need to know how to freeze it.
Added Benefits: apple cider is a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber which will help you stay hydrated all day long!
It also provides calcium for stronger bones! With little-to-no calories from sugar, it’s an easy way to get your daily intake when on keto or simply trying to eat healthier.
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Gather your supplies for freezing
For each gallon of apple cider, make sure to have at least one tray or container for freezing. The more you have the better chance it’ll freeze faster and will prevent having to keep refreezing over and over again!
- Apple cider (this can be in a glass bottle, jug, or any other container)
- Freezer bags
- Ice cube trays or Small plastic containers with lids that seal well
How to freeze Apple Cider
- Prep work
wash and clean the apples, then chop them into chunks. Add sugar to taste. Heat the cider over high heat until it reaches a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the apples are completely soft.
Leave in a cool place for 24 hours or more – this is called “sweating” which helps break down some of those natural sugars that give apple cider its signature flavor!
- Prepping your container
You need an air-tight freezer bag, bucket with a lid, or other types of rigid vessel that will hold at least one gallon without spilling over while it freezes flat on its sides.
- Remove and discard the apple cores, skins, stems, seeds or other parts that may spoil in the freezer. You can also – if you intend to serve it as-is – sift out any particulates such as apple skins with a cheesecloth before freezing so they freeze well.
- Fill your container about halfway full with any juices from the sweat of the mixture as well as any additions such as cinnamon sticks before freezing so they freeze upright instead of jutting out in all directions.
- Place your container in the freezer on its side to allow for maximum exposure of surface area and put a label with the date and contents (e.g. apple cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks) so you can find it later even if it’s buried under other things in your freezer!
- The best way to freeze apple cider is overnight. This will keep it from getting an icy texture or watery consistency when adding back in later.
That’s how I freeze my apple cider every time – it tastes better than anything that comes out of a carton without even having to leave home! You don’t need to go out and buy a whole gallon of apple cider in order to enjoy the delicious flavor.
How to defrost apple cider
Place the frozen apple cider in a bowl and microwave on high for about 30 seconds. The goal is to just barely defrost it, not melt everything together into a watery pool!
This will make adding back in spices like cinnamon or allspice much easier, as well as prevent any chunks from forming when stirring or adding in liquid.
Cold water bath
Defrost the apple cider in a bowl of cold water for about an hour. This will create a slushy consistency, perfect for adding in alcohol like bourbon or applejack to make mulled cider!
Just be sure not to let any of the ice chunks melt too quickly. Mix them up every 20 minutes or so, and you’ll have delicious drinkable apple cider again in no time!
Tips to freezing Apple Cider
Tip #01: Chill the apple cider in an ice bath before placing it into a container for freezing. This will help keep the frozen apple cider from becoming too dense and solid when thawed.
Tip #02: Freeze apple cider in individual portions to be used as needed – this way you’re less likely to eat a whole batch and find yourself in a sugar coma.
Tip #03: Use your frozen apple cider to make popsicles. All you need is some fruit juice, water or soda, and any flavored extract for an extra kick of flavor!
Tip #04: Freeze cubes of apple cider in ice cube trays – they’re perfect for making iced apple cider at a moment’s notice.
Tip #05: Freeze apple cider in ice cream makers to make delicious, homemade sorbet. Make sure the batches are small enough so that it doesn’t take too long for them to freeze – otherwise you’ll just be sitting around waiting and won’t enjoy an icy treat as much!
Now that you’ve learned how I freeze and reheat my own apple cider, I hope this is beneficial for your future cooking needs! Let me know if it was helpful or not by commenting on this blog post! Thanks so much for reading and happy prepping friends.