Instead of spending big bucks for fresh, healthy apple juice, learn how easy it is to make your own.
As a do-it-yourself kind of guy who loves the taste of fresh, hand-picked apples, I was dying to figure out: how do I make homemade apple juice? I had a hunch that fresh apple juice would taste far superior to the stuff in the grocery store.
Turns out I was right – not only is the taste far superior, making it’s not as hard as sounds! A lot of recipes out there tell you how to make several gallons of apple juice at a time or how to can and freeze your juice for a few years. Instead of going this route, let’s start small and see if you like the process and end result before we dive in any further.
Start by picking up a 5-6 lb bag of apples. You’ll need about 18 apples to make 2 quarts (about 8 cups) of juice. Scale up or down as you wish. The apples you pick will greatly affect the taste of your juice. I’d recommend starting with a naturally sweet apple like Fuji, Gala or Red Delicious. Better yet, mix a few varieties of apples to get a more complex flavor.
Other items you’ll need include:
- Large stew pot
- Large bowl
- Hand sieve
- Clean jar or container and lid for storing the juice
- Filter - coffee filter or cheesecloth will work
- Large wooden spoon
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