The perfect apple juice is sweet and fresh...one of the most common fruit juices in the world…can be served either hot or cold…and is important to fall cuisine as lemonade is to summer menus.
You may wonder if making your own apple juice is worth the effort when there are so many jugs of fresh-pressed apple cider and apple juice available at supermarket produce sections and farmer’s market tables…but right now I’m blogging about apples…and apple juice is such a common way to use apples that I hated to leave it out.
The apples used to make apple juice are not actually the best ones to bite into In fact, the apples used to make apple juice and cider are nearly inedible, These apples are chosen for their fiber content, not for their taste. One variety of apple used to make apple juice is the McIntosh apple….which indicates that if you’re choosing apples at the grocery store, you might want to avoid McIntosh apples unless you are choose apples to actually make juice or cider.
Cider differs from juice in that apple cider is actually a byproduct of freshly pressed juice made by fermenting the freshly pressed apple juice for three to four days. Apple juice is the filtered product of apple pressing…where as cider is the unfiltered.
Apple Juice…The Why
Circulatory System…Apple juice may keep your heart healthy because of the plant compounds—such as polyphenols that it contains. These polyphenols prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol from building up in your arteries and increasing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Digestice System…Apple juice is 88% water and easy to consume…meaning that it is especially great for those who are sick and have a high risk of becoming dehydrated. If you are trying to use appe juice to stay hydrated, it is important that you drink diluted juice instead of full-strenth apple juice because the high sugar in full-strength juice can actually make your diarrhea worse.
Mental Health…Apple juice may support brain function, mental health, memory, anxiety and restlessness as you age because of its high antioxidant content.
Polyphonol Content…Apple juice contains beneficial plant compounds, such as polyphenols, which can primarily be found in the peel od rh apple. This meant that the best apple juice for protecting your cells from the inflammation and oxidative damage which could eventually cause chronic conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. In order to get the most polyphenols, you should choose cloudy apple juice —juice that actually contains pulp—instead of clear apple juice, which has had the pulp removed.
Apples…2#, about 18, apples…mixing different varieties of apples=[==such as Red Delicious, Gala, and Fuji—will make your apple juice taste better.
Wash, core, and slice your apples. Whether or not you peel them is up to you, but remember that the nutritional content of almost any fruit is found in the peel. Toss the apples into a Dutch oven. Add enough water to cover the apples. Bring the apples and water to a boil. Cook 15min, until the fruit becomes soft. Mash the apples with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Let cool completely. Place a coffee filter o piece or cheesecloth into a fine-meshed colander and place it over a bowl. Ladle the pulp into cheesecloth. Allow the juice to drain for several hours. Adjust taste as needed by adding more sugar or cinnamon or by diluting the juice with water. Keep your homemade apple juice in the fridge because this apple juist has no preservatives.