Sun-warmed, Spiced Apple Cider

by Christa Upton
(South Dakota)

Hot Pots cooking  spiced apple cider

Hot Pots cooking spiced apple cider

Hot Pots cooking  spiced apple cider
Propping the Hot Pots with rocks for better angle
Hot Pot Spiced Apple Cider
Cup of Hot Pot Spiced Apple Cider on a fall day

And now to conclude with:

Recipe 50 in the Solar Hot Pot!

Sun-warmed, Spiced Apple Cider

It has been SUCH a fun season of solar cooking!!! I’ll end with a nice treat for a fall day.

My hubby actually made homemade cider, because he is tired of the pasteurized stuff from the store. (smile) He used the blender to puree some apples and squeezed the juice out using a cheesecloth.

It was a ton of work, and he said he’d never do it again, ever--until he tasted it. Then he decided that he couldn’t live without it and trying to find an easier way to do it was imperative. LOL It is amazing stuff. Tastes like autumn in a cup.

But of course you can use any cider.


4 c. apple cider (set out to bring to room temp to help heating time, if desired)
4 sticks cinnamon (put in cider)
1 t. whole cloves (put in cider)
dash nutmeg (put in cider)
dash allspice (put in cider)

12:00 pm—put all in Hot Pot, cover, set up facing the sun, let it go! (Well, set timer for 2 hours if you are afraid you’ll forget it. LOL And you can adjust to the sun after each hour to make it heat better, too.)

So I’ve been thinking and trying to decide which solar cooked recipes were my favorites.

I think I’d have to say these made the top of the list:

many veggies that were so easy to cook and so nice when done (kale chips, roasted garlic, sautéed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, spiced carrots….)
Sunny Yellow Quiche with Potato Crust

Nupshugar Chicken Paprikash
Chicken Hot Pot NOT Pot Pie
Orange Sun Chicken
Sunbeam Meaty Beans
tomato-basil Solar Baked Flatbread, and
Chocolate Sun Fondue

If you solar cook, what are your favorite recipes or foods to do?

Okay, so back to the apple cider…. I actually ended up putting some rocks underneath the back side of the Pots to boost the angle a little. I could not remember how to flip the panels (ugh, blasted brain fog), and hubby was busy, so the rocks were my adaptation. LOL I think it helped.

What fun to work outdoors in the cool, autumn air (messing around in the garden), enjoy lunch, and then come back around 2:00 for warm cider! It was just warm enough--perfect for drinking.

And now, lifting my cider--a toast to all you readers and solar cooks out there, and to Nathan Parry and Cantinawest!!!

Have a wonderful winter, and I hope to see many more Hot Pot Solar Cookers in the sun next summer! (smile) Also best wishes to you hearty solar cookers who have the kinds of cookers (and latitudes) where you can cook all winter!

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Nov 24, 2014
Glad you liked it!!
by: Christa Upton

I'm glad you & your cider-lovers liked it! Good to know about the cloves--I probably used a "scant" teaspoon and should have written that. :P I'm so tickled you tried my recipe for Halloween! :)

Nov 24, 2014
Good cider
by: Nathan

I made this apple cider for Halloween and it was very good. Those that like apple cider also like it.

I did overdo it a bit with the cloves, so next time I won't put as many in.

Either way I finished it all up, didn't waste a bit ;)

Oct 30, 2014
thank you!
by: Christa Upton

It was our pleasure!!

This was by far the most interesting and fun new endeavor we have tried in a long time.

We are definitely hooked on Solar Cooking and yes, will enjoy our Solar Cookers for years to come!! :)

Best wishes to you all at Cantinawest!
The Upton Family

Oct 30, 2014
Great Solar Cooking Job with your Hot Pots
by: Nathan

...and family.

We have thoroughly enjoyed your posts, essays and thoughts on your experiences as first time solar cooks.
Your writing was very compelling and very well thought out and written.

We are so glad to have been able to learn from your solar cooking endeavors and hope that you will continue to enjoy your Hot Pot solar cookers for years to come.

I really feel that you have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to future solar cooks by means of your shared stories about solar cooking "way up north" in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Thank you again,
And we wish you and your family well.

Nathan Parry
Solar Cooker at Cantinawest.

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