DIY / Home made apple juice

Posted: October 12, 2012 in DIY (Do It Yourself)
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Hej everyone.

I’m back with my second blog. Your photographer from Struer Denmark.
This time with a DIY project for the whole family.
Have you ever thought of doing an Apple Juice by yourself. Now here is how it’s done.

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1. Pick some apples and pears from your trees. If you don’t have any apple or pear trees ask your neighbours or friends. Here in Struer exists a pick yourself farm where you can go out and spend some fun time with your family or friends. We enjoyed ourself picking up apples at our neighbours. If you don’t want or can’t pick apple by yourself go to your local store and buy some.

You might ask what is the needed amount and apple/pear ratio.
10 kg of apples gives ca. 6 l of juice. For a sweeter juice add 10-20% pears.

2. Before you continue cutting and pressing the apples you need them washed.

In our example we used an old washing machine which was reconstructed for exactly that purpose. See the pictures.
Don’t worry you can also use traditional hand washing 🙂 It’ll just take longer.

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At the end of the washing our daughter made sure, that all apples were washed and got out of the machine.

3. The next step is to sort the bad from the good. You might do that also before the washing. For not throwing away too many apples, cut off the bad parts which might ruin the taste of the juice.

That done you’ll be throwing the apples into a grinding machine. Again we got this process done faster with a home-made grinding machine.
If you don’t have such a machine then you’ll be forced to cut the apples in small pieces by hand or a mixer which will make the process much longer but that might add to the fun of the family event. 🙂

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Here on the pictures you can see the apples placed in a funnel. A moving wood block is making sure, that the apples are squeezed against a fast turning barrel and chopped into bits and pieces. The mass is then gathered in a container.

4. Now you need to squeeze the juice out of the chopped apple mass.

One way to do this is to create small square wood frames which you lay out with a cloth. Then you’ll fill this space with the apple mass and close the cloth on the top. Don’t forget to remove the wood frame before you place a wood or plastic plate on top of this package. Now repeat this step until you have 5-6 layers of apple packages.

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5. Now you’ll need the means to press the different layers together. In our case we used a car-jack.

Put a thicker wood block on the top of the tower and squeeze the car-jack between the layers of apple mass and a crossbar. Ready to lift the car-jack up and squeeze all that nice juice out of the chopped apples.

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6. We are ready to fill up our bottles or other containers.

To get rid of the last dirt it’s advisable to filter the juice after the press. You can do it as seen on the picture with covering a container with a cloth. You might wanna taste the juice now. So you have still the chance of adding some other apples or more pears if needed. Then fill in the bottles with the fresh and healthy home-made juice.
We used a pump to do so but you can also just empty the container into the bottle using a funnel.

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7. When you’re done with the pressing you’ll get not only juice but also quite a bit of dried apple. If you have any farms around with animals you might do good in bringing them a little snack. Or feed your own house pets some extra apples.

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8. How to store all this delicious apple juice?

You have several possibilities. One would be to freeze the juice in small portions. 1-2l or to boil and pasteurize it.
We decided to boil our 20l of juice.
Fill up a big pot with the fresh pressed juice and warm it slowly to at least 78°C / 173 F let it stand for 5min and then fill them in bottles.

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9. When filling the juice into glass bottles make sure the bottles are heated up before otherwise they might break.

TIP: Chianti bottles have the same strength of glass all around and should therefore withhold beeing filled with 80°C/174F apple juice without beeing preheated.

Now when the bottles are filled up to the top squeeze a cork into the bottle. It helps to have a needle in the bottle neck so the extra juice can escape. Now you have pasteurized juice which holds for months in a cool and dark place.
We didn’t have any glass bottles so we filled up PET bottles. If that is clever we’ll find out. Let the juice cool down to approx 50-60°C to avoid the bottles to shrink while filling the hot juice.

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10. Fill up a glass with your freshly pasteurized juice and enjoy 🙂

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Cheers

OlléS-Foto from Struer Denmark

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Comments
  1. Marco says:

    Nice, could you please explain how works the home-made grinding machine?
    thnx!

    • ollesfoto says:

      Halojsa Marco Polo
      There are two fast rotating axels with mounted on knives in the bottom. The apples are fed from above as shown in the picture and are moved back and forth by a moving plate in the bottom just above the rotating knives.
      The moving plate makes sure that the apples won’t get stuck and are
      constantly fed to the hungry knives.
      In this example is the plate moved with air pressure.
      Oh all the juice and smashed apple peaces fall in a box below. Shall I create a drawing for better explanation? I don’t expect you to create one while being on your travels 🙂 or is there room in your camper? 🙂

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