I've been tinkering around with several different apple preparations in the last week. Wanting to try apple cider meringue or granita I searched local places where I could get a really good apple cider. Then I thought to myself: "Just make a really good apple cider." A quick "how to" search and I was ready. At the same time, this would be a great way to use my new Waring 6 quart food processor. This is a heavy duty food processor with a larger capacity bowl. Grinding all these apples in the little Robot Coupe would have taken forever, but thanks to Waring it took half the time. The key to a good cider though is the apples. I used a mixture of 80% Jona Gold and 20% Granny Smith. The process was quite long, but yielded a generous amount of beautiful fresh apple cider. Now on to actually making the really good cider into something...really good.
Here is the step-by-step process: