Monday, September 19, 2016

FALL 2016 SCAVENGER CHALLENGE: Make Your Own Apple Cider

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads


FALL 2016 SCAVENGER: MAKE YOUR OWN APPLE CIDER
Timeframe: 9/21/16 to 12/20/16

This challenge was created by Barb. Thanks for putting us in the fall mood, Barb!

One of my favorite things about fall is the fresh apple cider, preferably from a local cider mill, rather than the store-bought stuff that lasts forever in my refrigerator. There was a local mill not far from my childhood home, and none of the neighbors could wait until they started pressing apples to make cider. It was a fun process to watch, and even all these years later, I can still smell the sweet apples and their juices. In an attempt to recreate those memories, here's a challenge based on making your own apple cider. 
Source: Mother Earth News 


1. The virtues of apple juice seem almost endless: it tastes good, it's a natural sweetener for those trying to reduce their consumption of processed sugars, and it's an easy source of Vitamin C in the winter. It's said to aid digestion and, when consumed in the morning, to increase body performance all day. That old adage about "an apple a day" seems to apply even to liquified apples!
Read a book with a fruit or vegetable in the title or on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book that boosts your mood in some way.
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Amy E. Reichert 9/30/16

2. Commercial apple juice is strained to remove all sediment, pasteurized, and diluted to a particular sugar concentration, called a Brix. Preservatives are often added as well before bottling. Compare that to the cider you take home from the local mill, which has nothing added or subtracted: it'll be richer and darker in appearance not to mention better-tasting and more aromatic than the pale, clear stuff sold in supermarkets.

Read a book that seems to fit a standard formula (tell us how) OR a book with a X somewhere in the title or author's name (if you use the author option, tell us his/her name).
Jax Olivia Chase 9/23/16

3. Every autumn, billions of apples fall from branches of thousands of wild and abandoned trees, tumbling onto roadsides, pouring down hills, and rotting on the ground. All you have to do is locate a fraction of these tons of fruit which go to waste each year in abandoned orchards or on public land and you won't even have to pay for the apples!

Read a book that someone else discarded OR a book that you previously abandoned.
Seventh Grave and No Body Darynda Jones 9/26/16

4. Blemished, bruised, and/or undersized apples don't sell well at the farmstand or in the produce department, but they make wonderful cider. Try asking commercial growers if you can clean such apples off the ground for them.

Read a book that you got for free OR a book with an unattractive cover (tell us why you think it's unattractive; post the cover).
Dare to Love Carly Phillips 9/21/16

5. Late-ripening varieties of apples, like Red and Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Northern Spy, and Rome Beauty generally produce cider with a better flavor than those apples that ripen early. For even better flavor, blend several varieties together.

Read a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in one of the apple varieties named (tell us the variety) OR a book originally published in October of any year (tell us the year). Northern Spy.
Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts 9/24/16

6. To ensure that the apples are mature, don't start to collect them until they are ripe enough to fall from the trees on their own. Don't wait too long, though, after they've fallen, or you'll lose out to the local birds, deer, raccoons and other critters. 
Read a book with some sort of wild animal on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book by an author who has published at least 10 books (tell us how many books).
I think I counted 41, although a couple may have been anthologies
The Season: Rush Nicole Edwards 9/25/16


7. Plan to have plenty of boxes, baskets, bags or other containers on hand when you begin to gather your apples. It takes a bushel of apples to make two to three gallons of cider, so if you plan to make a lot of cider, you're going to need a lot of containers. 

Read a book with an intact "23" in its total number of pages (tell us how many pages) OR a book with a container of some sort on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover). 
230 pages
Past Due Elizabeth Seckman 9/27/16

8. After you have collected your apples, be sure they're reasonably free of dirt, insecticides, mold, and other impurities. Now it's time to take the whole mess to an old-fashioned cider mill. 

Read a book with a cluttered cover (post the cover) OR a book that takes place before the advent of telephones, cars, etc. (tell us when).
- 1900
The Cure for Dreaming Cat Winters 10/9/16


9. If you have an abundant supply of other fruits, you might want to experiment and mix them in with your apples. Grapes, pears, and pitted peaches all make delicious cider variations!

Read a book with at least two different genres on its main GR page (for example, mystery and historical; tell us the genres) OR a book written by two or more authors.
Frost Line Linda Howard Linda Winstead Jones 9/22/16

10. Because of the long hours in a relatively short period of time, not to mention the high cost of owning and maintaining the machinery, cider mills have been closing down across the country in recent years. Industry leaders guess that there may be only around 300 still in operation, concentrated mostly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Washington.

Read a book in which a business closes (permanently, not a temporary shutdown) OR a book set in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan or Washington (state); tell us the state.
Beneath This Ink Meghan March 10/2/16

11. Once you have that delicious juice safely in your containers, you need to keep it cold or drink it within a few days. Without added preservatives to retard the growth of micro-organisms, pure apple cider will begin to ferment in about a week if refrigerated – much sooner if not kept cold. 

Read a book set in a location that is cold more often than not (tell us the location) OR a short book (150-200 pages, tell us how many). 158 pages
The Girl in the Time Machine Debra Chapoton 9/23/16

12. If it is stored in an airtight container, its sugars will gradually be converted into alcohol, and the sweet cider will then become hard cider, a favorite drink of our forefathers. In fact, it was the USA's national beverage up to about 1850.

Read a book with a character who works in/owns a bar OR a book with a sweet character who turns hard/bitter by the end of the book.
Wicked Bond Sawyer Bennett 9/21/16

13. Freezing is not only easier than canning, but preserves the cider's fresh flavor better. When you fill jugs for freezing, be sure to allow room for the liquid to expand as it freezes (at least four inches at the top).

Read a book from a series that has not yet ended OR a book with a beverage of some sort on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover).
Home Harlan Coben 9/30/16

14. To can fresh apple cider, plastic containers won't do: glass is a must. It's possible to put up cider in regular one-quart canning jars, but unless you've been stockpiling them for decades you'll probably run out well before putting up your last quart of juice. A better idea is to use half-gallon or one-gallon glass jugs (the kind that you buy vinegar or cider in at the supermarket). You'll also need some rubber-lined lids to cap the filled containers.

Read a book that was originally published at least a decade ago (tell us when it was published) OR a enough half-step books to equal 150+ pages.
 - 1996
Kiss and Tell Suzanne Brockmann 10/7/16


15. Once you've acquired the necessary jugs and their lids, canning the cider is really easy! Empty the cider into a large pot, heat almost to boiling, rinse the glass containers then warm them in a low oven (to prevent the glass from cracking during the next step), and ladle the steaming cider into the jugs. To seal the jugs, simply screw the lids firmly into place before the batch of juice has a chance to cool. Set your filled containers in a cool, dark place and tada! You're done!

Read a book with a glass object of some sort (not a window, but something like a jar, vase, wine glass) on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book with a night scene on the cover (post the cover).
Live Wire (Myron Bolitar, #10) by Harlan Coben Live Wire Harlan Coben 10/15/16

CHALLENGE RULES: 
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