Looking for Unpasturized Cider
In Massachusetts, it almost feels like you're trying to pick up black market contraband, due to the pasturizing police. First it disappeared from the stores, then more recently the farmer's markets. For me, the dull taste of pasturized cider just isn't the same.
I've recently found excuses to drive to Maine to get my late Fall fix.
But there's hope. One of the farmers at the Dewey Square farmer's market told me that you can still buy unpasturized cider at apple orchards. And I'd go to his if I only remembered which one it was.
So... which orchards? Anyone know?
Disclaimer: Pasturized cider is much safer, although more recently many farms have started using a UV treatment that theoretically works just as well without destroying the flavor. I haven't seen completely untreated cider for quite a while, and I doubt that the farm's lawyers would allow it to be sold. That said, it's probably best to give only pasturized to kids, elderly, and anyone with any reason to be more susceptible to microbial nasties than usual.
This fall, I went to several orchards and got their unpasteurized cider. Cider Hill was very good, but Honeypot was the best. Last week, I went back to get more to freeze, and they had pear cider too. It was very very good. I'd never had it before. They said that they'd be open through Dec. and then the first 2 weekends in Jan. before closing until next July.
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We recently got some at Russell Orchards in Ipswich. Pasteurization aside, I find most of the store ciders to be far too sweet. Russell's is nicely balanced but with a crisp, tart finish. I think most of the cider producers use Macs, but Russell uses Baldwins.