Canning Apple Juice Concentrate

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. But the goodness doesn’t stop there! Make sure to use the pulp from the apples to make applesauce.

canning apple juice concentrate

Thankfully, we live in a modern world with modern tools. The entire process of 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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Selecting the Best Apples for Juice Concentrate

Any variety of apple can be made into juice concentrate for canning. Though 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
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 process is to 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.

This tool 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 – Ingredients

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

  • Apples, quartered
  • Organic Granulated Sugar, optional

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Canning Apple Juice Concentrate – Equipment
  • Steam Juicer
  • Quart or Pint size Mason jars
  • Jar Funnel
  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner

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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 lids
  2. Fill the water pan.
  3. Place juice kettle onto the water pan, making sure to clamp the hose.
  4. Add apples to the steamer basket, then place the basket onto the juice kettle.
  5. Cover steam juicer with lid.
  6. Steam apples over continuously boiling water. Allow the apples to steam for roughly 30 minutes.
  7. Once the apples appear mushy, the juice has been fully extracted. Reserve the apple mush, or pulp, to make applesauce.
  8. Fill jars by releasing the clamp on the hose. Wipe rims, apply warmed lids, and rings to finger tight.
  9. Process in a steam canner or hot water bath canner based on your altitude, see chart below.
Notes

Sugar is not necessary, however, it can be added to when apples that are not quite sweet enough. Generally, an 1/8 teaspoon per quart jar is enough. Also, sugar is a preservative, adding a small amount helps to give the juice concentrate a longer shelf life.

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.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Apple Juice Concentrate in a steam or boiling-water canner.
Process Time at Altitudes of
Style of Pack Jar Size 0 – 1,000 ft 1,001 – 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
Hot Pints or Quarts 5 min 10 15
Half-Gallons 10 min 15 20
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Canning Apple Juice Concentrate

Canning apple juice concentrate is a delicious way to preserve the apple harvest. The 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.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple juice concentrate
Servings: 4 quarts, roughly

Equipment

  • Steam Juicer
  • Quart or Pint size Mason jars
  • Jar Funnel
  • Steam Canner or Hot Water Bath Canner

Ingredients

  • 10 lbs Apples quartered
  • Organic Granulated Sugar optional

Instructions

  • Prepare jars and lids
  • Fill the water pan, add marbles.
  • Place juice kettle onto water pan, making sure to clamp the food grade hose.
  • Add quartered apples to the steamer basket, then place onto the juice kettle and add lid.
  • Steam apples over continuously boiling water for roughly 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Once the apples appear mushy, the juice has fully been extracted. Reserve the apple mush, or pulp, to make applesauce.
  • Release the apple juice concentrate through the hose directly into hot jars, apply warmed lids and rings to finger tight. See the note section in regards to adding organic sugar.
  • Process in a steam canner or hot water bath canner. The processing time is based on the altitude in which you reside, see chart below.

Notes

Adding  sugar to the apple juice concentrate is optional. Sugar is added to help provide sweetness to fruit which is not quite sweet enough. Also, sugar is a preservative, adding a small amount will help to keep the juice concentrate longer as it sits on the shelf. 1/8 a teaspoon per quart is usually enough.  
Steps on how to make applesauce out of the left over mush can be found on my website.
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.  

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