Thanksgiving was a little odd for me this year. I didn’t do as much cooking as I usually do. My husband was working on Thanksgiving so I spent time with my mom, stepdad and brother. Then my brother-in-law hosted at their house for my husband’s family later in the weekend. Since I did not have a dinner to plan for or cook, I thought I would try out my pressure cooker apple cider to bring to the festivities.

I am thankful we all got together and we did have a great time. Cards Against Humanity, let me just say, is one of the funniest games  (you have to be ok with raunchy humor and not get offended easily. Oh and put the kids in another room to play rummy). We had a blast and time flew by when we were playing. There were games of Life for the kids and the hubby going on as well.

Family Life

Left to right, my daughter, the hubby, and oldest son. (and Jessie pup’s booty behind him).

 

And some wood puzzle games that nobody got. Seriously, did anyone finally get this thing? I think the hubby almost had it at one point.

Family Life

My Father-in-Law and youngest son

And here are the girls (minus Noni, since she took the photo) working the appetizers and the kitchen. 

Family Life

Left to right, me, Bonnie (SIL), Karly (my niece).

My brother-in-law, also, somehow managed to hide from the camera, on purpose, so he is not included. We’ll get them…

On to the recipe portion of this post. Pressure cooker Cider. Many of you have probably tried making cider in a slow cooker  so I wanted to share how to make a pressure cooker version. What I love is that I make things in 1/3 of the time using my pressure cooker. If I am running low on time and want to make homemade cider, I still can! And honestly I will probably always make cider in the pressure cooker, little time or not, because the liquid and spices are not simmering and evaporating away. All the juice and spices stay inside the cooker. And when you pressure release the wonderful smell fills up your house.

The kids love cider (as does the hubby) and I found this recipe that combines cider and champagne and I just had to try that one. (my real reason for making cider).

I use an Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker. Which is amazing. It is the safest and most simple pressure cooker. Many of you think back to the stove-top pressure cookers that you risked exploding if opened too soon. But that is not a threat with the new electric pressure cookers on the market. Seriously, this is NOT your grandma’s or mom’s pressure cooker. There are so many safety features. You can’t even open the thing unless the pressure has released. There is an automatic locking feature that will not allow it. 

The pressure cooker is my new kitchen love. I will be sharing a review of one shortly. And spoiler-alert, you will see a lot more about pressure cooking here on the blog. It’s amazing and will help to revolutionize your weeknight cooking. For those of you who know all so well the joys of a pressure cooker, please comment below how much you love your electric pressure cooker. Let’s create a pressure cooking revolution!

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Apple Cider
Pressure Cooker: Apple Cider
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Holiday cheer is just not the same without a little spicy cider. Try out this recipe in the pressure cooker today.
Servings
6 quarts
Servings
6 quarts
Apple Cider
Pressure Cooker: Apple Cider
Print Recipe
Holiday cheer is just not the same without a little spicy cider. Try out this recipe in the pressure cooker today.
Servings
6 quarts
Servings
6 quarts
Ingredients
Servings: quarts
Instructions
  1. Quarter the apples and oranges and place them in the inner pot of the pressure cooker. Add the spices and cover with water.
    Apple Cider
  2. Place the inner pot in the pressure cooker. Place the lid on the cooker and time it on high pressure for 10 minutes.
    Apple Cider
  3. Quick release the pressure. Mash up the fruit a little.
    Apple Cider
  4. Place the lid on again and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. At this point you can use the natural pressure release (where you let the pot release pressure on it's own) or you can do a quick release.
  5. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl to cool, if you are not using immediately. Otherwise you can pour the cider back into the pressure cooker and keep it on the warm setting to use warm.
    Apple Cider
  6. Serve with a cinnamon stick and sliced apples or oranges. Or add a little to your glass of champagne. It's really good.
    Apple Cider
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