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apple cider for Thanksgiving?

butterqueen Nov 25, 2008 07:08 PM

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!


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    LisaN RE: butterqueen Nov 25, 2008 08:30 PM

    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.

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      Babz RE: butterqueen Nov 26, 2008 12:01 AM

      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.

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        Poppy8sd RE: butterqueen Nov 26, 2008 04:37 AM

        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.

        1. Das Ubergeek RE: butterqueen Nov 26, 2008 06:47 AM

          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).

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