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Boiled Cider

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Boiled Cider |

Boiled Cider |

Boiled Cider |

I was looking at some apple recipes this past weekend and a few of them mentioned “boiled cider.” I’ve never heard of that term before and I thought it was just heated up apple cider. I turned to my BFF, Google, and found out that boiled cider is actually boiled down apple cider and the result is a thick, syrupy consistency that brings out the apple flavor and it’s the quintessential kick off into Fall!

There actually isn’t a whole lot of work involved with making boiled cider. You just set it on the stove and let it reduce down for 4-5 hours. You just have to stir it every now and then but that’s it! You can literally walk away from it and watch a movie and a half – not to mention your entire house will smell like apple goodness. It sure beats buying a bottle of it for $11!

You can put boiled cider on pancakes, crisps, tarts, apple slices…the possibilities are endless! The recipe I’m sharing with you tomorrow requires boiled cider and it’s a yummy one!

Boiled Cider |

Boiled Cider

Boiled cider is basically Fall's liquid gold. A thick, syrupy consistency from boiled down apple cider. You have to give this a try!
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ½ gallon (1893 ml) of fresh apple cider

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  • In a large, heavy stockpot (such as a Le Creuset dutch oven), bring cider to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium-low heat and cook uncovered for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • The boiled cider is done when it can coat the back of a spoon and the consistency is like maple syrup.
  • Transfer to a clean jar, cool, then use immediately or seal it tightly and store in the fridge indefinitely.

Recipe Notes


Serving: 1 recipe | Calories: 871 kcal | Carbohydrates: 214 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Sodium: 76 mg | Potassium: 1912 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 182 g

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade sauce

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Recipe Rating


Sunday 9th of February 2020

Great recipe. Very impressive Julie Very versatile sweet as well as savory.


Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Hello! I tried to make this, but after 6 hours, it reduced, but never thickened up. Any idea as to why that might be? thanks!

Julie Wampler

Saturday 21st of December 2019

i am not 100% certain but it may be the difference in apple cider and the quality of it. like some might have more or less sugars than others and more or less concentrated

Denise Dymond

Saturday 26th of October 2019

My boiled cider was perfect after 4 hours but once transferred to a container it solidified to jelly! What happened?! It tastes good but obviously I can’t use it as planned for fall whiskey drinks. Is there any way to salvage it?

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 29th of October 2019

I would try reheating it on a stove or microwave to unsolidify it.

Bishop J

Sunday 10th of February 2019

Anytime I've made boiled cider, you reduce it 3 to 1. So 1 gallon should yield just slightly more than a quart. Unless your cider guy is cutting his product with water, which some do to get more money with less product. We tap trees for maple syrup and I know that some of our neighbors across the border cut their maple syrup with corn syrup, I guess it's legal for them if it doesn't exceed x number of ounces per pint. Buyer beware

Karen Angell

Saturday 27th of October 2018

I used a 1/2 gallon of cider , brought it to a boil and simmered it. After 3 hours, it was almost gone and NEVER got thick!

Julie Wampler

Sunday 28th of October 2018

That's strange and sorry to hear that. What kind of apple cider did you buy?