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How to Make Homemade Apple Juice without a Juicer

How to make the most delicious homemade apple juice without a juicer and without any added sugar. Simple and easy Instant Pot recipe.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Drip Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff



  • 5 pounds apples
  • 5 cups water


  • Wash the apples.*
  • Remove any bad spots from the apples.
  • Core the apples and cut them up into chunks, either peeling them or leaving the peeling intact. Throw the chunks and peelings into your Instant Pot.
  • Remove the stem and the blossom ends of the apple cores, and throw the cores into the pot.
  • Add enough water to cover about half of the apples. In this case, we used about 5 pounds of apples and 5 cups of water.
  • Close your Instant Pot, and set it to Pressure Cook on Normal for 6 minutes. 
  • Allow the valve to naturally release after cooking.
  • Once cooking is done, strain the juice from your apples.* You can do this using either a mesh strainer, flour sack towels, or cheesecloth.
  • Let the juice drip into a container for an hour or so.*
  • Once you have all the juice you can possibly get, pour the juice into a pitcher or cups for drinking. 
  • For what to do with leftovers, see the Recipe Notes.*



* We used Gala apples for our juice, but you can use any kind of apples. The best apples for juicing are Gala, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Rome, and Pink Lady.
*When straining the juice from your apples, try not to squeeze the ingredients too much, so you don't get a lot of pulp in your juice. Instead let the juice drip into a container for an hour or so.
*We hung our flour sack towel from a cabinet door handle (make sure it's strong enough to support the weight) and let it drip into a small bucket.
*Got leftovers? You can strain the leftovers in a food mill to make applesauce. And you can either drink the juice or make homemade apple jelly with it.
Store leftover juice in an airtight container, jar, or pitcher in the fridge, where it should keep for about 1 week.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 29g
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