While summer still lingers, fall is quickly approaching along with its glorious apples. And if you're lucky enough to live near a cider mill, it's a time when you can't help but drive by to see if the presses are up and running yet. But does your cider mill make boiled cider?
Boiled cider is a New England tradition, dating back to colonial times. Essentially, it's cider reduced to a concentrated syrup. But it was used more as a sweetener than a syrup to be poured over pancakes and waffles. With a stronger apple essence and tang than traditional maple syrup, this specialty sweetener fell out of fashion as cane syrup became less expensive, sometime around the 1940s.
Have you tried boiled cider?
• Read more: Boiled cider captures the essence of apples, in syrup form at The Washington Post
Related: Recipe: Spiced Apple Cider
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