Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider (No Sugar Added)

There’s nothing like a mug of homemade crockpot apple cider on a chilly day. The naturally sweet apple flavors come to life when cooked in a slow cooker. You can choose a variety of apples or stick to your favorite for this simple, no sugar added recipe.

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With so many homemade apple cider recipes on the internet, it’s hard to know which ones taste good and are easy to make. That’s why I created this slow cooker cider recipe. It’s got the best of both worlds! Making apple cider at home doesn’t have to be hard, it’ll even save you money!

Recipe Inspiration

I love apple cider, like I really love it. When I was growing up my mom started a tradition of going apple picking with my brother and I at a local orchard. We would throw on a sweatshirt, grab a bottle of water, and hit the road. As soon as we got there the festivities began. We’d go from tree to tree picking apples, eating apples, and stuffing them into cloth bags until the sides were bulging.

After picking as many apples as we could, we’d stop by the farm store to pay and pick up a gallon of cider. I couldn’t wait to get home, heat up a mug, and enjoy the sweet taste of cider! These fond memories always get me craving apple cider during fall which is what led me to developing this recipe.

2 cups of cider warmed with apple slices
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Reasons You’ll Love This Apple Cider

  • Super easy recipes to make
  • No sugar is added for a healthier drink
  • Makes your house smell amazing while cooking
  • Rewarding to have homemade apple cider in the fridge
  • Saves so much money

Apple Choices

You can honestly choose any apple variety but I recommend sticking to sweet choices rather than tart. I used 5 Mutsu apples and 5 Jonagold apples. It was the perfect sweet and tart balance.

Crockpot Apple Cider Ingredients

  • 10 apples (any kind besides granny smith)
  • 8 cups water
2 cups of cider and a jug full
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How to Make Crockpot Apple Cider

  1. First, wash apples under water, pat dry with a kitchen towel, and core and slice into 12 pieces (leave peels on).
  2. Second, add apple slices and water into a crockpot or slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours (don’t open the lid during cooking).
  3. Next, after 4 hours have passed use a potato masher or spoon and mash apples in the slow cooker.
  4. Then recover with lid and cook for 2 more hours on high.
  5. After the 2 hours pass, place a fine mesh strainer over a large glass bowl and strain cider. Do this by pouring the cider or with a ladle for easier transferring. For the first round of straining, press apple pieces down into strainer for more flavor.
  6. Finally, strain 2 more times, being careful not to push any apple mush through the strainer these times (for a total of 3), and enjoy!

Crockpot Apple Cider Storage Instructions

Store cooled down crockpot apple cider in a glass milk jug, covered pitcher, or container in the fridge. If stored in an airtight bottle it’ll last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.

2 warmed cider glasses full
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Tips & Variations

  • For a spiced twist add 2 cinnamon sticks to the slow cooker.
  • If you’re wanting an apple medley taste, use a variety of apples instead of just 1 kind.

Recipe FAQ

  • Can I add alcohol to homemade apple cider? If you choose you can add alcohol to this cider. Be sure to add any in after you’ve completed cooking not before or during.
  • Do I need to strain the spices? You will want to strain the spices or wrap them in a cheesecloth for easy removal.
  • Do you think I can freeze homemade apple cider? You can freeze apple cider in freezer safe milk jugs for up to 3 months. Leave 1/4th of the container unfilled at the top to allow expanding.
  • What else can I add to this apple cider? You can add whole spices like cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and even nutmeg.
  • Can I use whole spices to flavor this? If you want a spiced crockpot apple cider, you can add a few cinnamon sticks to the crockpot!

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Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider (No Sugar Added Recipe)

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
There's nothing like a mug of homemade crockpot apple cider on a chilly day. The naturally sweet apple flavors come to life when cooked in a slow cooker. You can choose a variety of apples or stick to your favorite for this simple no sugar added recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 0.5 gallon

Ingredients
  

  • 10 apples any kind besides granny smith
  • 8 cups water

Instructions
 

Prepare the Apples

  • Wash the apples under running water.
  • Pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Core and slice the apples into 12 pieces, leaving the peels on.

Cook the Apples

  • Place the apple slices and water in a crockpot or slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours without opening the lid.

Mash the Apples

  • After 4 hours, use a potato masher or a spoon to mash the cooked apples in the slow cooker.
  • Recover the slow cooker with the lid and cook for an additional 2 hours on high.

Strain the Cider

  • Place a fine mesh strainer over a large glass bowl.
  • Carefully pour the cider through the strainer into the bowl. Press the apple pieces down into the strainer to extract more flavor.
  • Repeat the straining process two more times (for a total of 3), these times being careful not to push any apple mush through the strainer.

Enjoy!

  • Your homemade apple cider is ready to enjoy!

Notes

Storage Instructions

Store cooled down crockpot apple cider in a glass milk jug, covered pitcher, or container in the fridge. If stored in an airtight bottle it’ll last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
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