I buy food multiple times a week on the basis of, 'if I like the thing, I buy the thing'. I'm never certain when I'll be able to buy that certain fruit or vegetable unpackaged again so I can end up with ample amounts of something one week, which I may not have again for a little while.
And to avoid getting sick of having a week full of making three meals a day out of a certain fruit or vegetable, I'll get creative, making it into cakes, sauces or simply cutting it up to freeze...
It's winter here in the UK and my unpackaged fruit I am hoarding this week is...
So cue, apple pies, baked apples, apple cakes and... apple juice!
Apple juice isn't easy to get zero waste near me.
The shops sell it in tetra packs, which can't be recycled in Birmingham, due to the fusing of multiple materials and the plastic lid.
So the best options low/zero waste wise, are to buy it in a glass bottles (that's always the expensive stuff, often with non-recyclable elements to the packaging) or to buy it when I'm out at cafes or restaurants... which is when I usually lean more towards coffees, or you know, alcohol....
To get started with making apple juice, there are certain things that make the process easier- but I'm sure the majority of things you can make do without (such as the cheesecloth, you could just put it through a fine sieve...) You could definitely source this stuff in a charity shop, if you currently don't have it all.
Flip cap bottle. I have about 5 of these (I did have 6, dropped one on the floor...) and another one I repurposed from a Limoncello bottle. Yes, it was hard to finish that one off, but someone had to do it ;-)
Cheesecloth aka piece of muslin
Saucepan (if you have a Thermomix, I have written some adaptation notes below)
Sharp knife and chopping board
This juice is *fresh* therefore, drink it quickly, or freeze it, so it tastes as awesome as when you first made it.
Awesome Zero Waste Apple Juice
Author: A Zero Waste Life
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 1 litre
Dietary information: Vegan, Sugar-free (if required)
You can use the leftover pulp however you like; on porridge, in cakes and bakes, or, follow our recipe on how to make this into a yummy zero waste granola!
50g demerara sugar (totally fine without this, it depends on your taste)
Fresh lemon juice from half a lemon (again, optional, but this does help with preserving)
Chop and core all apples into 4. Put the cores on your compost heap, or if you're like me, you'll enjoy eating these parts! Keep the skins on.
Place the apple slices into the saucepan. Cover with the water, add the sugar if using.
Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Check that the apples are lovely and soft. If so, leave to cool slightly, then add to your blender.
Pour the mixture through the cheesecloth or fine sieve.
To avoid wasting your life pushing apples through a cheesecloth, gather the edges up, and suspend it from a cupboard handle, or something equally as secure.
Add the lemon juice, and mix to incorporate.
Using the jug, if needed, pour juice into flip cap bottle.
Drink yummy juice and plan how to use the leftover apple pulp! If you're low on time, it can go in the freezer. If you hate apple pulp (?!) you can put it on the compost heap.
Note: if you have a Thermomix, change step 2. to adding your ingredients to the main bowl, then cook 30 mins - speed 0.5 on Varoma at the end of the 30 minutes, blend and carry on from step 6.
Did you make this recipe?