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EASY Homemade Apple Juice and Apple Sauce

April 17, 2013
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I typically make homemade juice when I have some old fruit like apples, pears, etc.  It’s so easy to make, cheap and healthy for you (no additives, preservatives – no chemicals).

All you need to make your own is some fruit that’s been sitting around for a while, water and sugar (or any type of sweetener that you prefer; honey, stevia, raw sugar, etc.).  I never measure for this, just use up what I have and then sweeten to taste.  I also sometimes add in a little bit of lemon when I’m in the mood for something a little tangier.

You can use any kind of fruit really, I’ve also made juice from just apples, or added grapes and oranges.  Be as creative as you want!  It’s all good!

Wash your fruit, cut it up into smaller pieces.  Put the fruit in a pot with as much water as you want (that will be your juice).  Bring everything to boil and then turn down and either simmer or cook on low for maybe 1.5 hours.  I forgot about mine and left it simmering too long and didn’t have much juice, but you can just add water to the concentrated liquid.

Here is the fruit I used this time: An apple, 3 pears, a plum and 3 peaches.

I don’t know how it is at your house, by at mine, unless I take the time to wash and cut up fruit..it just sits there.   Although we did stock up on lots and lots of fruit a couple of weeks ago and they were getting old…a bit soft, bruised, etc.

After my juice was done, I would either discard the fruit, as sometimes the kids would eat it, but most times they wouldn’t, or I’d give it to the chickens.  But the other day I got an idea.  Why not just blend the remaining cooked fruit and make it into a sauce!!  Amazing!

The kids, hubby and I love it.  We top our pancakes with it, eat it by itself, or I put it into little containers for the kids’ lunch! I’ll soon share a recipe for Healthy Low Fat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins that I use the sauce for too.

Good Cheap Eats!!!!

Have you guys ever made your own fruit juice or sauce?

Linking up with these great sites:  Waste No Want Not Wednesdays, Growing Slower, Frugally Sustainable, The Penny Worthy Project, Thrifty Thursday, The DIY Dreamer and Simple Lives Thursday.

11 comments

    1. Hey Laurie..glad this helps. It’s so easy to make! We don’t have any apple trees yet, but hubby has been grafting our crabapple trees with regular apple trees for a couple of years now, so I’m hoping in the next couple of years we’ll have our own apples. But I can always raid my neighbors yard! 😉

    1. Hi Kristie,

      Add a whole bunch of water, that will be your juice. And once the fruit is cooked, remove the fruit from the juice and then blend it for the sauce. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  1. This is a great idea. I feel so wasteful because life gets busy and we end up eating out or whatever and we waste so much food. I have a bunch of pears right now that are dancing around the too ripe to eat stage and a bag of apples as well. I think I will try this with them. My son loves juice and I could use the puree for his reusable pouches that we just recently got. Thanks for linking up at the Tuesday Baby link up. Hope to see you again!

    1. Hi Melissa, thanks for stopping by. You are right..we used to waste so much food. I have to say too that we have started using a budget for our groceries..instead of just buying whatever. I try never to go over our budget and this has certainly helped with limiting, actually almost eliminating entirely any food waste! 🙂

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