How to Make Apple Juice

According to the New York Times, the Environmental Working Group has found that apples top the "Dirty Dozen" list of pesticide-laden produce for the third year in a row.

The EWG suggests you look for organic apples, as well as for any of the fruits and vegetables on their list. You can find the Dirty Dozen list, as well as the Clean Fifteen, in this NY Times article.

That list really makes you want to grow your own, doesn't it? That's what it did to me. The first year we moved to Oak Hill, we planted an assortment of dwarf fruit trees including four varieties of apples. Not all of them survived, and some years we have a bigger yield than others, but our apples are truly organic.

We have never sprayed our trees with chemicals; they are touched only by rain and sunshine. To eat one, we just rinse off the dust.

When I peel apples to can them or make a pie, I save the peels and the cores in the freezer. When I have a large enough stash of them and some time to spare, I make apple juice.

It's a simple process: just dump the bag of apple peels into a large pot and add filtered water. Bring to a boil and cook for awhile, until the apples are soft and mushy. Then pour this "apple soup" through a strainer and then through cheesecloth to catch all the solids. Using a jelly bag or muslin will give you the clearest juice. Then I either freeze or can the juice if I'm not ready to use it right way.

Why make apple juice?
  • The juice can be used to make apple jelly or mixed-fruit jelly.
  • It can be sweetened and thickened to use as apple syrup on pancakes.
  • Or you can sweeten to taste and drink it.

If you can spare a few apple cores or peels, your chickens, horses, goats and pigs will enjoy disposing of them for you. You can also dehydrate some of the peels to use in homemade potpourri.

Watching a hen run away from the rest of the flock with a long apple peel trailing behind her is guaranteed to make me laugh.

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  1. I'll bet that apple juice is really good in Kombucha!

  2. Thanks for the post, kathy. It's such a disappointment that apples are on the "dirty" list. After all, apples are one of the world's healthiest foods.

    We grow apples--completely without chemicals. We use only traps and good sanitation methods. I love that you use every last bit of your apples. -Sally

  3. That's what I'm hoping too, Robin. I haven't tried it yet. I made blackberry juice last year and have used it in my morning smoothies - oh my, is that good!

  4. Sally, it's even a disappointment that we have to have a "dirty" list, isn't it? I'm glad to hear that you are growing your own apples too, without any chemical intervention.

  5. I found this post so interesting, Kathi! I had no idea you could make apple juice from peelings - and how wonderful that you have your own organic apples!

  6. I love this fresh apple juice thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning tweeting

  7. Great idea! We always have a lot of peels and cores left over from making pie, especially this time of year. I never thought of making juice. I'll have to try it. Thanks!

  8. I'm glad it inspired you to use those peels and cores, Bonnie. Don't forget that you can also make vinegar with scraps too. Have a great weekend!

  9. Hello! Do you just cover the apple bits with water or do you use a different ratio?


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