Fresh, Homemade Apple Juice

Fresh, Homemade Apple Juice

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"My mother had a creative way of using the apple cores and peels leftover from making apple pie: 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, this is a super-easy way of making apple juice."

Ingredients 1 h 10 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 82 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 82 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.4g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 8 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the peelings and cores into a saucepan, and stir in the water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water picks up the apple flavor and color, about 30 minutes. Drain the apple juice, discarding solid pieces, and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Allow to cool before drinking.
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  • Editor's Note
  • Apple seeds contain amygdalin, a toxic substance.
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Holiday Baker

Hmm, I did not care for this. I can see me loving something like this, if it was Depression Era time. It honestly, tasted like what it was water, sugar, and tart apple peels. Making homemade apple juice or cider can be done very easily with a small counter top juicer. It tastes so much better than the store if you have not tried it. Plus, it is just pure apples. The whole point of apple juice, if it is good, is it doesn't need any sugar. I just thought I would test this recipe because I had some peels and apple cores from an apple tart recipe. I guess my apple scraps will continue to go into the compost pile as usual.

Cindy Jaynes Boxler

love this recipe...i did adjust it alittle however. I used the whole apple but cored it. boiled for an hour and took some advice and let it soak in the fidge over night..I did add 1/3 cup of cugar because my apples werent that sweet. My 5 month old loves it!!! Thanks very much!!!!


This is a great idea to use up the bits you would otherwise waste and I suspect that the apple variety used makes a huge difference, but I used the cores and peels from 4 pink lady apples in 4 cups of water and it tasted quite insipid after an hour of simmering and definitely didn't need any sugar. I ended up leaving the pot to sit overnight and it was like slightly diluted juice in the morning. I'll make this again, but with a higher ratio of peel to water for a really appple-ey flavour.