Canning Apple Juice Concentrate

Enjoy fresh apple juice throughout the year by preserving the apple harvest. Canning apple juice concentrate is made simple with the use of a modern preserving tool known as a steam juicer. This unique tool makes preserving apple juice quite easy and seamless.

canning apple juice concentrate

Thankfully, we live in a modern world with modern tools. The entire process for making and canning apple juice concentrate, from start to finish, takes roughly 45 minutes. Which, by the way, is much better than hours on end!

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Enjoy Fresh Apple Juice year-round

Any variety of apple can be transformed into fresh apple juice concentrate for canning. However, selecting a sweeter variety will make for a better juice. Not to mention, a sweeter apple means there is no need to sweeten the juice, and the bonus for making your own juice concentrate? Create a unique flavor by combining a variety of apples to be steamed. 

The apples mentioned below are perfect for making juice concentrate:

  • Honey Crisp
  • Fuji
  • Golden Delicious
  • Gala
  • Pink Lady
  • Granny Smith
  • Red Delicious

Preserving Apples

Apples are a very versatile fruit item, making them great for preserving and cooking. Here’s a list multiple methods for working with apples:

Using a Steam Juicer

A steam juicer is ideal for making juice concentrate, jelly, and fruit leather. Forget about boiling fruit and hanging it to extract the juice, the traditional process is too long. 

Using a steam juicer means the liquid from the fruit is extracted in a fraction of the time, creating a crystal clear product. Since there is no sediment in the liquid this makes juice concentrate able to be canned.

A steam juicer is made of 3 components, and how to use a steam juicer is extremely easy. In truth, this tool is worth its weight in gold!

Canning Apple Juice Concentrate 

The steam juicer can hold roughly 10 pounds of apples at a time, which equals roughly 2 quarts of pure juice concentrate.

Ingredients

  • 30 pounds of apples, quartered and seeds removed to make applesauce
  • organic granulated sugar, optional
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Canning Apple Juice Concentrate – Equipment

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Canning Apple Juice Concentrate – Instructions

One important tip, allow the juice from the apples to extract naturally. Do not attempt to help the process by pressing on the steamed apples. In doing so runs the risk that apple sediment will end up in the liquid.

  1. Prepare jars and warm lids.
  2. Fill the water pan of the steam juicer.
  3. Place juice kettle onto the water pan, making sure to clamp the hose.
  4. Slice apples into quarter pieces, removing the center core, stem and blossom end.
  5. Add apples to the steamer basket, then place the basket onto the juice kettle.
  6. Cover steam juicer with the lid.
  7. Steam apples over continuously boiling water. Allow the apples to steam for roughly 30 minutes.
  8. Once the apples appear mushy, the juice has been fully extracted. Reserve the apple mush, or pulp, to make applesauce.
  9. Fill jars by releasing the clamp on the hose, making sure to leave a 1/4-headspace.
  10. Using a clean wet dishtowel, wipe the rims of the jars. Add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  11. Place the jars into the steam canner or hot water bath canner and process according to your altitude, see the chart below for the correct processing time.

Notes

Sugar is not necessary, however, it can be added when the apples are not quite sweet enough. Generally, a 1/8 teaspoon per quart jar is enough. Also, sugar is a preservative, adding a small amount will help to maintain the color of the juice as it sits on the shelf.

Reserve the mush, or pulp, from the extraction of the juice concentrate. With the appropriate spices, the pulp can be transformed into an easy applesauce and canned.

One final tip, add 3 to 4 glass marbles to the water pan. When the marbles bounce the water level is good. Once the marbles stop bouncing the water level is low and additional boiling water will need to be added.

canning apple juice
Type of PackJar Size0 – 1,000 ft1,001 – 6,000 ftabove 6,000 ft
HotPint or Quart5 mins10 mins15 mins
1/2 Gallon10 mins15 mins20 mins
Processing times based on altitude

My Book

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Printable Instruction Card – Canning Apple Juice Concentrate 

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Canning Apple Juice Concenrate

Canning apple juice concentrate is a delicious way to preserve the apple harvest. The extraction process is made simple with the use of a steam juicer. However, preserving the juice concentrate is even simpler with the use of a revolutionized tool known as a steam canner. Oh, but the goodness doesn't stop there! Make sure to utilize the pulp from the apples to make an easy applesauce recipe for canning.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Canning Time20 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canning apple juice, canning apple juice concentrate, fresh apple juice, preserving apple juice
Servings: 4 Pints
Cost: $8

Ingredients

  • apples quartered and seeds removed to make applesauce
  • organic granulated sugar optional

Instructions

  • steam juicer
  • quart or pint size mason jars
  • jar funnel
  • steam canner or hot water bath canner

Enjoy fresh apple juice year long by canning apple juice concentrate. This method for preserving apple juice is made easy with one simple tool!

canning apple juice concentrate
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  1. Cindee says

    You refer to this as a concentrate. How much water would I add to the concentrate after I open the jar and I’m ready to reconstitute? Thanks!

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