While not many are into it, knowing how to make Apple juice with a blender can be helpful than you think. Of course, most of us prefer it raw due to the sweet taste and that crunchy feeling. But still, the various nutrients in the fruit can be helpful to those who are not able to eat a whole apple.
Yes, some critics believe apple juice is less healthy than the whole fruit, which, sadly is true. However, young toddlers can’t digest or even ingest the food while in the solid form. Hence, you’ll need to break it down into Apple puree or juice.
Needless to say, the puree blend is certainly healthier as it consists of both the soluble and insoluble vitamins- just like the fruit. The difference will now come after juicing, whereby you’re separating the juice and soluble nutrients from the insoluble materials.
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Should You Blend With or Without Peels
For this point, we’ll agree with the critics. Some whole fruits surely have more nutritional values than when juiced. An apple is one of them, whereby the meat and the skin have significant nutrient content, especially dietary fiber.
Usually, dietary fiber is very crucial to gut performance and other health benefits. However, the food compound is available in two forms- soluble and insoluble fiber.
Just as the name, the soluble fiber does dissolve in water, but the insoluble fiber doesn’t. So, after straining a blended apple puree, the former and the rest of the soluble vitamins will pass to the collector container. Meanwhile, the insoluble fiber is left on the mesh of the strainer, thereby taking away a fraction of the benefits you were to get.
In any case, some strainers, including those in juicing machines, may not remove all the insoluble fragments. So, yes it’s better to blend your apples while still in peels.
Is It Dangerous To Blend Apples With Seeds?
Assuming it’s not the first, you probably have read that you shouldn’t consume seeds from apples, pear, and several other fruits. What some bloggers forget to mention, however, is that these seeds usually have a strong outer layer that’s resistant to digestive juice.
So, swallowing the seeds whole will not affect you. But if you accidentally chew the seeds, the amygdalin contained could be broken down into cyanide [by digestive bacteria]. In cases where cyanide is in excess, your body cells may be unable to use oxygen and they die. Nonetheless, small doses can be detoxified by the enzymes in the body, plus the antioxidants properties in the fruit.
So, unless it’s a full truck, blending four or five apples may not have an issue. For the best, however, you should cut away the core and dispose of the seeds.
Health Benefits of Drinking Apple Juice
Most of the health benefits from Apple juice are the same ones from eating a whole/ raw fruit. But the juice is over 80% water if you have diluted it well. Hence, can be a great electrolyte drink to rehydrate your body.
Similar to other fruits, the liquid refreshment is also a great detox diet, helping eliminate toxins and improve the overall health.
Other benefits of an apple juice are:
|Nutrition Content||Health Benefits|
|Antioxidants||Scavenges free radicals from the body cells and reduce the risk of various diseases|
|Dietary Fiber||Helps improve bowel health, normalize stool, control blood sugar levels, and maintain a healthy weight|
|Vitamin C||Great for overall growth, enhance immune system functions, and maintain cartilage, bones, & teeth health|
|Carbs & Sugar||Provide energy for the various body functions, including heart, brain, and kidneys|
|Potassium||Helps regulate muscle contraction & nerve signals, and maintain blood and fluid balance|
|Vitamin A||Great for healthy eyesight, skin, bones, and minor antioxidant properties|
|Magnesium||Assist in exercise performance, reduce insulin resistance, and manage depression, inflammation, & Type 2 Diabetes|
How to Make Apple Juice with a Blender
Like we mentioned in the Orange Juice recipe, a juicer tends to be more efficient in the juicing process. This is so, as the extraction system of the machine consists of a blade assembly and a strainer. Thus, prepares ready juice from within the system, unlike a blender that first prepares a puree.
In any case, most homes only invest in a blender due to its versatility. Still, the machine is pretty easy to use on apples, as long it has a well-made motor and cutting disk.
Here are two recipes that you can prepare in your kitchen effortlessly
Recipe 1: How to Make Plain Apple Juice
In this option, we’re preparing our apple juice without using any extras. We’ll use Ambrosia apples as they are low acidic and sweet tasting. The objective is to make a fresh and healthy beverage. So, make sure your fruits are of high quality, i.e fresh and without any soft spot or mold.
- 4 [600g] apples
- 1 cup [240ml] cold water
- Wash the apples thoroughly under running water
- Prepare your blender before you peel or cut your Apples to prevent oxidation
- Now cut your apples into halves
- Cut away the core and throw away the seeds. If you have an apple corer, this step will come before halving
- Slice each apple half into two. If you have a powerful blender like Vitamix, you can use the halves without further resizing
- Place the cut apple meats into the blender jag and add water. if you wish to have a thinner juice, you can add 1 or 2 more cups of water
- Secure the lid of the container
- Turn the machine on to start blending. If your blender has a variable speed setting, start from the lowest to the highest speed.
- Continue blending for about 45 seconds or until all the content is liquefied.
- Transfer the created puree to a bowl lined with a strainer, nut milk bag, or cheesecloth
- Strain the apple puree very well. If you’re using a strainer, keep pressing the pulp with a big spoon until you extract maximum juice.
- And if it’s a cheesecloth or nut milk bag, continue twisting until no more liquid is dripping. Then, discard the remains [on the strainer device].
- At this point, you should have a fresh apple juice in the collector bowl. From the 600g apples, you can have 1 or 2 servings, depending on the extra water that you added while blending.
- Finally, serve your apple juice immediately before it begins to oxidize
Unlike most foods, apple chloroplasts usually oxidize faster when exposed to air. This is the reason your apples turn brown almost immediately after cutting or peeling. Although the process is not any dangerous, some nutrients can be lost during the oxidation process.
In most cases, an apple will take five to ten minutes to turn brown. Hence, why we emphasize on Step #2 and Step #13.
Recipe 2: How to Make Apple Plus Juice
This option is in case you wish to give your homemade Apple drink a more colorful and refreshing taste. No synthetic sweeteners needed in the mix as we don’t want to compromise the health effects. We’ll just use natural materials from your kitchen.
- 1½ cup [360ml] plain apple juice
- ½ lemon- peeled
- 1 medium [130g] orange
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root
- 2 medium [240g] carrots
- 1 cup [90g] fennel bulb- sliced
- 1 medium [130g] apple
- 2 cups [260g] ice cubes
- Wash the orange, carrots, and apple under running water
- Prepare your blending container
- Cut the oranges into two halves, peel, and separate the quarters
- Cut the carrots into smaller pieces. You can use them whole in some blenders
- Remove the apple core and cut into four pieces
- Arrange the solid ingredients in the jug, starting with the lighter
- Add the apple juice
- Secure the container lid
- Start the machine
- Continue blending for 1 minute or until you have a smooth puree
- Repeat Step #10 and Step #11 of Recipe 1 above
- At this stage, you should have about 1.2 liters of Apple Plus juice in the collector bowl. That’s equivalent to 2½ servings for you and your small family.
- Now serve your homemade Apple Plus juice while still fresh.
True, juicing is one of the best ways if you wish to incorporate healthful, natural foods into your busy lifestyle. Whether it’s to replenish the sugar levels after the strenuous workout, the homemade diet has a significant amount to serve the purpose.
More to love, preparing your beverages is usually cost-effective and, actually, cheaper than buying the ready-made ones. If you know how to make apple juice with a blender, for instance, you just need to buy the apples. Then, go ahead and start your prep.
But if blessed with a slower juicer in your kitchen, we would recommend using it instead. The machine has an inbuilt strainer, which allows you to extract juice from the fruits faster and more conveniently.
As you indulge in juicing, however, it’s worth remembering most fruits, including Apples are climacteric. In other words, they usually pack starch that then converts to sugar after harvest or ripping.
Therefore, don’t let the mouth-watering smack engross you. You have to control your consumption to discourage issues like tooth decay due to the high sugar content. By the way, this is not just for apples, but also oranges and other fruit juices.