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The slow cooker chef: Apple and Orange butter recipe

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The slow cooker chef: Apple and Orange butter recipe

  “Taste this.” “What kind of fruit is that? It’s gorgeous. It would be great with the duck legs.” With 25 kilos of apples to turn into something delicious that would not put us off apples for life, I was experimenting with orange and apple butter. Simmered for hours in the slow cooker to increase the depth of flavour. The end result tastes tropical, almost like mangoes and apricots and has a wonderful deep orangey colour. Fabulous to use as a sauce for chops, chicken or even fish. A tablespoon would lift the apples in a pie. It’s...

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Cider and Cyder (Premier Cru)

Posted in Liqueurs, Reviews | 8 comments

Cider and Cyder (Premier Cru)

We have a glut of apples this year. I’ve been meaning to try my hand at cider for a few years now and I am hoping that this year will be the start of cider making at the cottage smallholder. I wanted to invest in a proper wooden cider press until saw how much they cost. So we decided to go down the economy route and invested in a plastic bucket and a slicing attachment that attaches to a electric drill. The Vigo Puplmaster (Walker Desmond) looks a bit lethal and would be handy if Triffids ever stepped through the front gate. Meanwhile,...

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