In our home we drink a lot of apple juice. A lot. But not just any apple juice.. juice from our own apples in our little orchard in the back! We have apple trees, pear trees, and apricot trees! We also have plums, raspberry, and blueberries! Hoping to add a legit strawberry patch + pumpkins next year, but we will see!
Anyway, apples! We juice them, can them, and enjoy the apple juice (nothing added) for months to come! It’s prettg easy, too.
You begin with apples- duh. Ours were OVERLOADED this year. So juicy and sweet. Perfection. There were so many, they broke a couple of branches! 🙁 we had TOTES
full. Yes, TOTES— plural!
We wash, core, and slice them to they fit into the juicer. We do not peel them because we don’t need to. We probably wouldn’t even need to do the other stuff, but it’s easier on the juicer + the seeds freak Jarod out ?
Then we juice them! It’s pretty easy. We use this machine for apples and bigger batches. It’s a Jack LaLanne juicer and is definitely powerful!
Then we strain it through a knee high panty hose to capture the pulp. If yoh want super clear juice, do this a couple times and DO NOT SQUEEZE IT! You can also let it sit in the fridge overnight and it will separate even more. We did the later on our first batch of the year and didn’t on the second batch. The first is much more clear, but they’re both still so good.
Once you have strained and separated it, you pour it into the size of jar you want. We used small, one cup jars so we weren’t wasting any. We also do a couple larger pint jars for holiday cider!
And finally, you have to seal them by cooking them over high heat for 10 minutes! They have to seal! If they don’t, do not drink them! Once they’ve been In the pot for 10 minutes, remove them (use this special tool because they’re HOT!) and allow them to begin cooling.
They’ll start “popping” and that means they’re sealed. Once all the way cooled, Store and enjoy!!!