Why buy expensive commercially made apple juice when you can make your own? Read on to find out how easy it is to make homemade apple juice with fresh, preferably organic, apples without preservatives, food additives, and artificial coloring and flavor.
If you are unable to get your hands on a juicer but would still like to enjoy the benefits of fresh apple juice, be sure to get unfiltered, organic, and unsweetened apple juice from your local supermarket. One tip about store-bought apple juice that you need to know is that it should be cloudy in appearance, not clear. According a new study, unclarified or cloudy apple juice has four times the polyphenol content of the clear variety.
Now without delving into too much scientific mumbo jumbo, polyphenols are antioxidants that can be found in certain plants that provide numerous health benefits such as protection against some cancers and heart disease. According to Jan Oszmianski, a researcher in Poland’s Agricultural University of Wroclaw, the process of clarification used in making apple juice may remove polyphenol-rich solids and other compounds.
How to Make Apple Juice
This clarification process is typical of commercially-manufactured apple juice. Why settle for this when you can be enjoying the full benefits of unfiltered apple juice with all its nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols intact?
Here is a simple, easy-to-do, step-by-step guide on how to make homemade apple juice (yes, from scratch, but this is guaranteed to be chemical-free).
You can make homemade apple juice using a blender, cider press or an electric juicer. The last device is the one I prefer because the quality of the juice is the best and it allows you to drink your juice pulp free, something you can’t do with a blender. If you would like to know more, I have expressed my opinion on the best juicers on the market here.
Assuming you own an electric juicer, begin making your homemade apple juice by:
1) Cutting the apples into several quarters and, with a melon scooper, remove the cores.
2) Fit the apple quarters into your juicer’s top opening chute.
3) Push the start button and you’re juicing away. Make sure that you have a catch-all container for the pulp and another for the juice to go into.
A few reminders for after you have made your apple juice: consume the juice immediately and freeze or can any leftover for storage in your refrigerator; this should be consumed within the next week or so.
Tips and Tricks for Juicing Apples
- See to it that your homemade apple juice is contained and stored properly by using the appropriate cans and jars.
- If you choose to freeze your juice, allow the liquid to thoroughly cool and then store in air-tight containers.
- If you choose to can your juice, pour the liquid into hot, sterilized jars while it is still warm, leaving a half inch of head space. Process the jars in your hot water canning machine for half an hour.
- Juice from skinned apples will contain fewer amounts of vitamin C and dietary fiber which are essential for a balanced diet.
- On the other hand, skinned apples will give your juice a more crisp and sweeter taste.
An affordable juicer that produces high quality juice and is easy to use. A little noisy though.
Omega Vrt350 HD
The best juicer on the market in our opinion for juicing quality. Powerful, quiet and easy to use.
Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Pro
A great juicer if you are on a budget and want your juice extracted in less than a minute!
3 Apple Juice Recipes
Here you will find 3 fantastic juice recipes using apples. Just follow the instructions.
- Beet, Carrot & Apple
- IN THE TROPICS
- CLEANSING APPLE
2 Medium Apples (Granny Smith)
1/2 Stick of Celery
1 Small Beetroot
1 Lemon Wedge (not peeled)
1/2 Slice of Ginger
Place the beetroot, carrots and apples into the juicer. Then throw in the ginger. If you love the zest of lemon, then add a wedge into the juicer too. This will alleviate some of the pure veggie taste.
3 Apples (Granny Smith)
4 Passion Fruits
Place the apples and 3.5 of the passion fruits into the juicer. Then add the pineapple and the lime. Then once poured into a glass, add the remaining half of the passion fruit into the glass directly and stir. This will give the juice an interesting texture.
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