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Spontaneous Apple Cider Recipe

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This is so easy I almost feel guilty for making it into a full blog post, but when you taste this sweet brew I think you’ll forgive me. :)


  • 1 gallon apple juice – You can make your own or buy it at the store. If store bought make sure it does not contain any preservatives, which will inhibit the natural fermentation process.


1. Place juice in a wide mouth jar on the counter. Use a rubber band to secure cheesecloth or a piece of pantyhose over the top. This will allow yeast from the air to come and begin the fermentation process.

2. Let sit for about three days, then taste. It should have a slight tang by this point, but most likely it will not be as full-bodied as you’ll want. Allow to ferment for one to seven more days, depending on your preferred level of fermentation. (Note: If allowed to continue fermenting for a few more weeks your brew will become apple cider vinegar)

3. When you have the cider just the way you want it, put it in the fridge to slow down the fermentation process. How’s that for easy?

P.S. If you get started now it will be ready by New Year’s Eve. Just sayin’.  :)

Photo Credit: Timothy Vollmer

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15 Responses to Spontaneous Apple Cider Recipe

  1. latisha says:

    yipee! perfect.

  2. Angela Campany says:

    I’m guessing this would have a bit of alcohol in it after the 1 to 7 day bit? :)

  3. Jessica says:

    In Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon says to put whey into the apple juice when making cider. Do you know the reason/benefit for doing this? I made some whey last week (along with some cream cheese that DID NOT turn out so well…) just for this purpose but now I’m wondering if I should add it or not. Thanks!

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  5. Evan says:

    Would this be alcoholic? Does Sally Fallon have a recipe for alcoholic cider?

    • Heather says:

      Many ferments, including milk and water kefir, contain some alcohol. This one does, too. I think fermenting this recipe longer would increase the alcohol content but am not sure of the exact procedure.

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  9. Emily says:

    Bummer, mine got all moldy! :( What’s up with that? Any tips to stop that from happening in the future? Would it ferment in air-tight containers? Thanks!

  10. Karen Wood says:

    I want to try this someday soon and I pinned it on pinterest as part of the entry to win the KitchenAid mixer this month.

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