Fresh, Homemade Apple Juice

13 Sep

Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household with homemade food. My mother is an amazing baker/cook and often made apple pie with apples picked directly from the orchard. She also had a creative way of using the apple cores and peels: to make homemade apple juice. Store-bought apple juice is tasty, but it has a strong, distinct flavor with almost a hint of bitterness. To those with sensitive palates, it can be a little strong at times. Homemade juice, however, tastes surprisingly different as it is lighter and pleasantly sweet without the kick. Besides using a juicer, here is a super-easy way of making apple juice:

Homemade Apple Juice

Homemade Apple Juice
Yields approximately 2 cups

Cores and peels of 3 red apples
5 cups water
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Place apple cores and peels in a medium-size saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain juice, discarding solid pieces. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool before drinking.

5 Responses to “Fresh, Homemade Apple Juice”

  1. Nessie September 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    What a great way to use the leftover bits when making applesauce and so forth.

  2. Adam August 24, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    This is an INGENIOUS idea……I just today saved an apple peel and core (and seeds even) from an apple I bought, I KNEW I’d find a use for it somehow, I mean why throw away the nutrients right, and this is perfect! Your mom was very very smart, thank god for her for sure, very lucky to have a mother like that. As an aside, you know what I think would make this even better? Some cinnamon….goes so well with apples after all. Thanks so much for sharing this though……can’t wait to try this!

    • megmeister August 24, 2013 at 10:01 am #

      Thank you Adam! Yes, I have a very smart mother. Often times we don’t appreciate what the generations before us have to offer. =) Enjoy your apple juice and thank you for the cinnamon tip! I’ll have to try it next time.

      • Adam September 18, 2013 at 6:29 am #

        Welcome, nutmeg would be another too btw….really any type of fall spice would work well with this I think, just would have to experiment. But that’s the fun part right?

        And totally agree on the generations…..I think we would all do well to get back in touch with old world traditions when it comes to food like this…..I find it sad how much of it we’ve lost or forgotten about. Need to reconnect with it, would be better for all of us.

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