give october a sweet start with these farmsteads apple recipes

It’s apple season at Bay Area farmers’ markets! Celebrate the bounty with these fresh recipes from Farmsteads of the California Coast.

Mulled Apple Cider

Editor’s note: If you’re wondering how to make your house smell like Fall, this spicy cider will do the trick better than ten Yankee Candles. Perfect for a back-to-school study session or Halloween costume brainstorm.

1 quart fresh-pressed apple cider
(editor’s note: you can get this from your local farmers’ market, our friends at The Apple Farm in Philo, or even at Trader Joe’s)
2 cinnamon sticks
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
5 whole cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup orange juice
rind of ½ orange (in pieces)

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes. Pour the liquid through a mesh strainer into a second pot and serve by ladling into heat-safe mugs.

Apple Chutney

Editor’s note: Use this sweet and zesty chutney to glaze meats or veggies, or add an unexpected note to grilled cheese on a cozy afternoon in.

6 tart green apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
1.2 medium-sized red onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 cup orange juice
¾ cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a large skillet and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 55 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and allow to cool before serving.