Celebrate Apple Cider Day With Louisburg Cider Mill

In 1975, Emmett and Mary O’Rear bought an 80-acre farm outside of Louisburg, Kansas. It was on this farm that Emmett envisioned developing a business that would process and sell apple cider.

44 years later, we’ve expanded our line of delicious apple cider products (sold in our Country Store) to include a variety of flavors of cold-pressed and sparkling ciders, apple cider donuts, spreads, barbeque sauces, apple cider vinegar, and so much more.holding apple cider

As part of National Apple Cider Day on November 18, we want to celebrate the rich history of this delightful drink and some of our favorite ways to use it in treats, drinks, and more!

5 facts about apple cider

  1. In the 14th century, kids were baptized in cider because it was believed to be more sanitary than water. We don’t know about that, but it’s definitely more delicious.
  2. Every morning, President John Adams drank cider because he believed it promoted good health. Adams lived to 90 years old, making him our third longest-living president behind Ford & Reagan. So, there must be something to the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” saying!
  3. At one time in history, 365 different varieties of cider apples were grown. Cider apples seem to have some of the most interesting names, including “Hangdown,” “Kentish Fill-Basket,” and “Glory of the West.”
  4. We go through a lot of apples. It takes about 14 pounds of apples to produce just one gallon of apple cider!
  5. After storming England in 55 BCE, Caesar’s troops brought apple cider back to their homeland.
  6. Einstein’s brain was stolen from his body. 40 years later, it was found stored in mason jars in a Costa Cider box in our home state of Kansas in Wichita!

Our apple cider

Unlike other brands, Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider is not watered down or from concentrate—it’s  100% apple cider! And we buy all our apples from commercial growers in the USA, mostly from orchards located along the Missouri River Valley. 

In the early days, bins of apples were delivered and processed one at a time. As production increased, we developed our process to allow bulk trucks to deliver straight into our apple pit. Today, apples are unloaded, cleaned, and sorted, then ground or milled to create an apple pulp that we press to get the delicious juice you know and love. apples

Since 1977, we have been making wholesome and delicious apple cider. While the methods have changed over time, the quality of the product is unchanged and has earned a spot on the Kansas Historical Society’s website.

Ways to use Louisburg Apple Cider

Make holiday cider drinks

Pretty much any recipe that calls for juice can use apple cider! Sub out the lime juice in Moscow Mules for apple cider, top champagne with our Honeycrisp apple cider for a delicious spiced cider mimosa, or even add apple cider and sparkling cranberry apple cider to your favorite margarita recipe for a unique twist!

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Swap cider for water in recipes

In many recipes, cider can be used in place of water, adding a festive flair to your dishes. Here are just a few of our favorite uses for cider in recipes: 

  • Soak beans or rice overnight in Louisburg Cider instead of water.
  • Baste meats with Louisburg Cider in place of water or wine.
  • When making apple pie, use Louisburg Cider in your crust.
  • Add cider to your homemade barbeque sauces.

Share it with friends and family

And probably our most favorite way to use apple cider is as a way to bring together family and friends. Whether you give a cider gift basket to out-of-town relatives or buy a jug for your next holiday gathering, there’s nothing better than sharing a cup of apple cider with those you love.

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The Louisburg Cider Mill is hiring!

The Louisburg Cider Mill is hiring! We are seeking seasonal employees for our 2017 Fall operations. Our season starts in late August and goes until Halloween. Positions will include:

  • Country Store and Pumpkin Patch cashiers
  • Tractor drivers
  • Tour guides
  • Retail stockers
  • Farm hands
  • We also offer great volunteer opportunities if you are looking to raise money for your organization or group.

The positions are perfect for students, stay-at-home moms, retirees or anyone looking to supplement their income. Applicants must be 14 years or older. Applicants may pick up an application at our Country Store at the Cider Mill at 14730 Highway K68, Louisburg, KS 66053, print from the following attachment: 2017 Employment Application, or call to have an application emailed to you. Applications can be dropped off at our Country Store or emailed to clea@louisburgcidermill.com. Please call with any questions or interest 913-837-5202.

The Louisburg Cider Mill Story

This video was first unveiled on April 1st, 2017 at the retirement party for Tom and Shelly Schierman. Over 100 friends and family members joined together to honor them for their life’s work and to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Louisburg Cider Mill. Congratulations, Tom and Shelly!

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Apple Cider is a Healthy Decision!

Since 1977, Louisburg Cider Mill has been manufacturing 100% pure, delicious Apple Cider. Today, as Americans look for healthier choices, our Old Fashioned Apple Cider offers a very juicy selection to all ages and types of customers.

Why Choose Louisburg Apple Cider?

  • We are one of the finest fresh, natural ciders available
  • Natural fiber and pulp of the apple is intentionally left in our cider (This is what gives our cider a slightly cloudy look)
  • Our Cider is not from concentrate, and is fully pasteurized
  • We use a choice blend of 100% USA apples
  • Our natural cider is unfiltered, has no preservative, sweetener, or additive of any kind

For Your Health, Drink a Glass of Cider!

The high pectin count in apples and Louisburg Cider Mill Apple Cider may be one of the reasons for the reputed ability to keep the doctor away. Many recent reports have shown that natural pectin lowers blood cholesterol more effectively than a number of drugs prescribed for this very purpose — without the harmful side effects of some of the drugs.
Studies Have Shown Apple Cider is a Rich Source of Antioxidants

We are often asked, “What is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?”. Basically, the answer is; If the natural pulp (which is known as pomace) is left in the juice of the apple, then it is referred to as Apple Cider . Apple Juice is much more processed and “thinner” or clearer. It’s been found that cloudy cider, like ours, has more antioxidants than clear apple juice. And we think more flavor, too! Cloudy Apple Cider has up to four times the levels of polyphenols, a group of antioxidant plant compounds and is more effective as a free radical scavenger.

By the way, our Apple Cider is known as “sweet” and is not fermented.

Please note that Cider that is fermented is often called “hard cider”. Louisburg Cider has no alcohol content.