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A mug of crockpot caramel apple cider topped with whipped cream, caramel and a cinnamon stick.

Crockpot Caramel Apple Cider

When the days are short and temps are cold, flavorful warm drinks are not a want, but a need. This crockpot cider recipe pairs the comforting flavors of apple and caramel with warm spices like cinnamon to fill your mug with feel-good vibes. So grab a few apples and plug in the crockpot! It’s time to get cozy.

Fortunately, the apples you’re reaching for already have a pretty solid shelf-life, but a new variety is taking their long-lasting qualities even further. Arctic® apples are a new GMO variety with less than 10 percent of the enzymes that cause conventional apples to brown as they age. With these improved traits, Arctic apples don’t produce the unappealing discoloration that contributes to food waste. GMOs can do more than boost the lifespan of apples, though. They also help farmers be more sustainable in the field, provide improved nutritional content for crops like soybeans and even save lives through medicine.

But enough chit-chat. It’s time to give this cider a whirl. Find the full recipe below and watch the video to see the simple steps in action.

If you want another warm drink to try, check out this caramel pumpkin soy latte!

Hungry for Truth is an initiative about food and farming funded by the South Dakota soybean checkoff. The goal is to connect South Dakotans with the farmers who grow and raise their food. 

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Crockpot Caramel Apple Cider
A mug of crockpot caramel apple cider topped with whipped cream, caramel and a cinnamon stick.
Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 gala apples cored and quartered
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Caramel for drizzle
Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 gala apples cored and quartered
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Caramel for drizzle
A mug of crockpot caramel apple cider topped with whipped cream, caramel and a cinnamon stick.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. Serve in a mug, dollop with whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce on top. Enjoy!
Crockpot Beef Bourguignon for Moms on the Go

Crockpot Beef Bourguignon for Moms on the Go

For Courtney Hansen, mother of two, South Dakota soybean farmer and cattle rancher, time is precious, especially during calving season. With the Hansens welcoming about 380 new calves from January to April, family meals are scarce. Having a crockpot on hand helps Courtney cook up delicious meals like Beef Bourguignon no matter where the day takes her.

The Hansen family

 

Calving is a 24/7 pursuit involving tending to the cows during the day and monitoring their activity on cameras through the night. Courtney’s two young daughters love helping to care for the new babies and hand-feeding the adults.

“My husband and I feel it is important to raise our girls so they know how much work farming and ranching is, but also that it’s a truly rewarding job,” Courtney said.

The Hansen girls look out at the ranch

At the heart of the Hansen family’s operation is the goal to leave the land in better condition than when they started. Courtney’s in-laws established the family farm in 1975, and she and her husband joined them in in 2009. They’ve always had an eye on environmental sustainability for their land, livestock, neighbors and children.

“We thrive knowing our children may one day take over this ranch. We plan to instill in them a belief in sustainability and the continued use of best farming practices,” said Courtney. “It’s important for us to utilize the resources we have available to us to preserve our soil and grow healthy and safe crops like soybeans.”

A Hansen girl is spun around on the farm by her father

At the peak of such a hectic season, Courtney cherishes family dinners where everyone can gather around the table. She’s shared her favorite Crockpot Beef Bourguignon recipe so you can wow your family while being a mom on the go.

Preserving the environment is so important to today’s farmers. Here’s another look at calving that digs into sustainability and technology. Take a look.

The Hansen family on their soybean farm and cattle ranch

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Crockpot Beef Bourguignon
Crockpot Beef Bourguignon for Moms on the Go
Servings
Ingredients
  • 5 slices Bacon finely chopped with drippings reserved
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck cut to 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup Red Wine Vinegar (I use a good drinking wine, so you can enjoy a glass after you're done preparing the meal.)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Thyme
  • 5 medium carrots sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound baby potatoes whole
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • fresh parsley chopped for garnish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 5 slices Bacon finely chopped with drippings reserved
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck cut to 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup Red Wine Vinegar (I use a good drinking wine, so you can enjoy a glass after you're done preparing the meal.)
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Thyme
  • 5 medium carrots sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound baby potatoes whole
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced
  • fresh parsley chopped for garnish
Crockpot Beef Bourguignon for Moms on the Go
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees, and place bacon on a tinfoil-lined cookie sheet. Cook bacon until crispy, about 20 minutes, finely chop it and place in crockpot.
    Courtney preps the ingredients for her beef bourguignon.
  2. Heat 1-2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in a large skillet. Salt and pepper the beef and add to the skillet to sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Transfer beef to the crockpot.
  3. Add the red wine to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and reduce. Once reduced, slowly add chicken broth, tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Slowly whisk in the flour. Add the sauce to the crockpot.
  4. Add garlic, thyme, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms to the crockpot. Stir well and cook on low until beef is tender, about 8-10 hours. Garnish with fresh parsley.
    Hungry for Truth Crockpot Beef Bourguignon Recipe
  5. Enjoy!