apple cider for Thanksgiving?
I just moved to the area and I'm currently in disbelief that there's no fresh unpasteurized apple cider available at any of the whole foods (THREE!) I visited today while Thanksgiving grocery shopping. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can find cider? Three of my favorite Tday recipes depend on it!
Good luck. Sometimes some of the farmer's markets have it. I know the one in Valencia on Sunday has it, but that doesn't help you. A few of the apple farms up in Tehachapi might have some.
I also moved to LA from a place with cider and autumn were synonymous. Cider just isn't available here.
Sometimes Trader Joe's carries it in the refrigerated section, labeled as apple juice - but it's fresh cider. But I haven't seen it this year. The closest thing I've found is Trader Joes Unfiltered apple juice in their normal juice section - 64 oz. bottle. They also have a spiced apple cider, but I would think for recipes the other one would be better.
Also, Oak Glen, at the base of Big Bear, is an apple orchard area that has fresh cider.
I'm a resourceful cook who had a spice biz, so here's some ideas:
-call Bristol Farms mkt
-call a health food store, like Quinn's
-use TJ's unfiltered apple cider vinegar, add turbano (natural cane, granulated) for sweetner
-call office of Farmer's Market, on 3rd: see if anyone is offering bottled and if not see if any has a source/supplier
-call vegetarian restaurants, see if any will sell you some
-call Ralph's, Von's suppermarkets in high-end neighborhoods
If you can't score with any of those: change the recipe or the menu --cuz there isn't time to go the distance to our apple orchards --which DO have it.
Farmers' markets are your best bet. If you get this in time, go to the Santa Monica market today at Arizona and 3rd (8 AM to 1 PM).