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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


  • Johnny Apple Peeler by VICTORIO, Cast Iron, Clamp Base
  • Instant Pot DUO Plus 8 Qt 9-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker
  • Utopia Kitchen Flour Sack Dish Towels, 12 Pack Cotton Kitchen Towels


  • 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 or a flour sack towel 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.


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