Attempting to make caramels

@NJChicaa (107963)
United States
August 6, 2022 11:27am CST
I bought a half-gallon of apple cider last week to make French onion soup. I had a lot left over so I used the EatYourBooks web site to see what recipes I already have in my cookbook collection that use apple cider. The site says that I have well over 100 recipes on hand. I went with the apple cider caramels from the Smitten Kitchen web site. I currently have the apple cider boiling and reducing on the stove. I've never attempted caramel before so this is all new to me. The recipe has rave reviews on the Smitten Kitchen site so hopefully it all works out. Stay tuned!
https://smittenkitchen.com/2012/10/apple-cider-caramels/
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@SonjaRae (11472)
• United States
6 Aug
You are quite the ambitious lady!
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@NJChicaa (107963)
• United States
6 Aug
aka BORED
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@SonjaRae (11472)
• United States
6 Aug
@NJChicaa LMAO! You make good use of boredom! I’m curious, how did it turn out?
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@FourWalls (45870)
• United States
6 Aug
Since you like to cook I have every faith in you that you’ll be successful!
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@NJChicaa (107963)
• United States
6 Aug
thanks! I have my share of fails. I keep trying, though, because that is the only way I get better
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@FourWalls (45870)
• United States
7 Aug
@NJChicaa — as long as you don’t burn down the kitchen you’re good.
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@Juliaacv (68503)
• Canada
6 Aug
Your cooking abilities and imagination blows my mind. Seriously. Why aren't you teaching a home ec or cooking class for high schoolers? You have the passion to inspire others, the next generation could really use a dose of that. If they even have home economics anymore that is.
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@NJChicaa (107963)
• United States
6 Aug
haha there hasn't been home ec for like 20 years. No more wood shop, metal shop, auto tech,sewing, etc. either. People always say I should open a restaurant or start a catering business. My response is that I am not professionally trained, equipped, or insured. I do it because I enjoy it and because I have the time and extra $$ to do it. If it became a full-time job then I think I'd lose the enjoyment part. I freely share what I make with others. This has led to me being paid by them to make certain things that they really like for parties like my chopped salad with BBQ ranch dressing, lasagna, or mac and cheese. Several people enjoyed the ice cream that I made for my niece's birthday party. That led to a request for 2 flavors that I hadn't made--rum raisin and coffee. His wife picked them up a couple of days ago and last night he raved about the rum raisin on FB. He hasn't tried it yet but I know for certain that the coffee is even better. I expect that he will be asking (and paying) me to make more of it for him in the future. That is the level of "work" at this that I am comfortable with. It gives me something to do and sometimes puts a few extra dollars in my pocket.
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@marlina (149297)
• Canada
6 Aug
I remember my sister taking cooking lessons before she got married and this is one of the recipes she made. Good luck with it.
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@RubyHawk (67517)
• Atlanta, Georgia
7 Aug
Aren’t caramels made with brown sugar, apple cider and butter I used to make it but I’ve forgotten the exact recipe
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• Philippines
6 Aug
hope you will enjoy making it and hope it will success
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@GardenGerty (146399)
• United States
7 Aug
Ooh, that sounds unique. I think of caramels being dairy based, but I am sure they do not have to be. I want to read a follow up post on this, possibly with a list of other ingredients if there are any.
@RebeccasFarm (67842)
• United States
6 Aug
Oh my delicious.
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@DaddyEvil (88353)
• United States
6 Aug
I've never heard of making caramels from ACV, so I'm really interested in how it turns out. Have you ever made caramel from sweetened condensed milk? I did that a few years ago. You just need a small can of the aforementioned milk and set the sealed can into water on the stove that you bring to a boil. (The can must be kept completely covered during the boiling process. Add water as needed.) Boil for three hours. Remove the can and let it cool completely. When you open the can, you'll have very thick caramel.
@NJChicaa (107963)
• United States
6 Aug
this is with just apple cider--not apple cider vinegar. I have heard about the caramel/condensed milk trick but have never tried it before.
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@DaddyEvil (88353)
• United States
6 Aug
@NJChicaa Oh! Sorry, I misunderstood. Thank you for explaining.
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@sallypup (49311)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Aug
This reminds me of the times that my hubby made butterscotch candy. Total yum. Good luck with your fun today.
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@LindaOHio (99897)
• United States
7 Aug
Did your caramels turn out? Hubs likes caramels.
@gtdoss (511)
6 Aug
Oh, I hope these turn out yummy for you! I've never heard of apple cider caramels, but they sound delicious! Don't forget to tell us how they turn out! I might try them if they come out good for you!
@oahuwriter (24705)
• United States
7 Aug
It sounds delicious! How did it turn out?