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The Easiest Apple Juice You'll Ever Make

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Want the benefits of apple juice, but don't have a juicer or the deep pockets to buy the stuff without additives? Fear not-- there's a very simple way that you can squeeze your own apple juice without any special juicing equipment, and with very little effort, as long as you have time to invest.

Apples are full of liquid, which makes them a great hydration and juice source, but separating it from the flesh and peel can be tough. So what we have to do is temporarily separate the liquid from the flesh that holds it, and remove it without disturbing the outer peel and letting it all fall out. The best, easiest, and cheapest way to accomplish this is by simply freezing the apple, then defrosting it fully. The result is a totally soft, squeezable apple that can easily be juiced by hand. The simple process goes like this:

1. Select an Apple

The variety you choose is up to you, but I prefer a sweeter variant, such as red delicious, which are readily available in most grocery stores relatively inexpensively. You could even choose a combination of tart and sweet apples, if you're feeling fancy and want to make a blend.

2. Freeze

Pop those apples in the freezer, and leave them for about 10-12 hours. You want them to be frozen solid, so don't skimp on the time, but definitely remove them before 24 hours pass!

3. Defrost

Don't use a microwave for this! Let the frozen apples sit out for several hours: you're looking at about 3-6 hours in total defrost time. You'll know they're ready when the whole apple feels soft and squishy. This means that the flesh is ready to release the juice!

4. Squeeze

You won't need anything but your hands and a container to catch the juice. Kids love doing this too, so let them go to town! If you can, strain the juice through cheesecloth or your favorite straining tool to remove any small amounts of flesh that get through.

That's it! Easy, right? Drink the juice straight, add it to your sauces and oatmeal, or freeze it into ice cubes and popsicles! You can use the leftover peel and flesh in your compost, or chop it up and blend it to add a little fiber to your meal or drink.


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