How to make a Beef stew with Cider

A few relaxing moments can make someone’s day. This is easily done by inviting them to a hearty homemade meal. You can make cider beef stew a day or so ahead and then all you have to do is re-heat it on the stove. Serve it with cornbread and perhaps spiced or spiked cider.


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 2½ cups apple cider
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 medium-sized russet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (optional)