Apple Juice and More
Apples are processed commercially for many different treats – including delicious juices and ciders! Learn about many of the delightful options here.
Fresh Apple Slices
On the go? Pre−cut apple slices are made for you! Conveniently packaged and ready to eat, this nutritious, delicious snack is fully portable. Toss in your lunch bag, backpack or briefcase, for a crisp pick−me−up any time of day.
These timesavers have been prepared with a Vitamin-C wash to prevent unsightly browning that happens when apples are cut.
Look for fresh−cut apple slices in convenient single−serve packs or bigger bags perfect for appetizer trays, salads, or other recipes.
Canned & Frozen Apple Slices
Love the taste of homemade apple pie, but don´t have time to do all the work? Canned or frozen apple slices are your answer! Simply spoon into store-bought pie shells and your friends and family will think you cooked all day.
Looking for another easy dessert? Spoon heated, canned apple slices over slices of ready-to-serve pound cake, then stir cinnamon into packaged whipped cream to top, and enjoy!
This versatile food goes well with any meal, from chicken nuggets for your children to stuffed pork tenderloin and hearty red wine with a significant other.
Made by cooking a blend of peeled, cored apples, applesauce is the definition of comfort food. Serve right out of the container, or heat for extra homemade taste. Look for flavored and chunky styles in your market, and unsweetened sauces are readily available if you´re watching sugar.
Like to bake, but don´t like extra fat and calories? Substitute applesauce for oil in baked goods. This works especially well with moist baked goods like cakes, muffins and brownies. To test with your favorite recipe, start by replacing half the oil with the same amount applesauce.
Apple Juice/Apple Juice Concentrate
Crisp, clean, and delicately sweet, nothing is more satisfying than a tall, cold glass of 100% apple juice. Apple juice has been filtered and heat−treated to be shelf stable.
You loved it as a kid − discover apple juice again as an adult for a healthy, USDA-approved way to get in an extra fruit serving. But, be sure to look for 100% apple juice to get all the nutrient benefits. And, most 100% apple juices are also now vitamin C− and calcium−fortified for added nutrition.
Non-Alcoholic Apple Cider
Apple cider is the original American beverage. Early U.S. settlers drank apple cider morning, noon and night as their primary beverage, unsure of the safety of the drinking water. Until Prohibition, “cider” meant hard cider, an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting sweet cider. Cider makers carefully guard their secret cider recipes, some of which have been passed down from generation to generation.
Originally found only at local orchards, roadside stands, or farmer´s markets in the chilly days of fall, the apple cider market has now expanded into a year−round business. So you can enjoy apple cider all year long (it is great over crushed ice on a hot summer day).
Sweet cider is made by crushing a blend of apple varieties into a pomace, then pressing the juice from the pomace. Tiny apple solids floating in the juice turn color when exposed to air, giving cider that gorgeous caramel color and opaque look.
Apple cider − 100% juice, not watered down, naturally sweetened by the fruit itself, with no sugar added − is a great way to drink your apples. Each 4−ounce glass of cider counts as a serving towards the USDA Dietary Guidelines recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for optimal health.
Sweet cider is a highly perishable product. Treat it the same way you would milk: Keep it refrigerated at all times, and enjoy it either by the date on the label, or within 7−10 days. Most cider has been pasteurized and if not must be clearly labeled.
Sparkling Apple Cider
Sparkling apple cider is a fizzy, fun-filled version of its uncarbonated cousin, apple juice. You´ll find this delightfully sweet, nonalcoholic juice in your grocery store´s juice aisle.
Fat-free, cholesterol-free, caffeine-free and 100% juice, sparkling apple cider is ideal for celebrations and appeals to revelers young and old. Perfect for health-conscious guests and alcohol-free toasts!
Hard Apple Cider
Hard apple cider is made by fermenting a blend of apples with champagne yeast. Sent underground by Prohibition, the hard apple cider industry has enjoyed a remarkable renaissance in recent years. The light, crisp, subtly sweet taste is an excellent (and gluten-free) alternative to beer and other malt beverages.
Today, hard apple ciders are marketed in nearly every supermarket or package store in the country and available on tap. Cider bars are even popping up across the States.
Making gourmet hard apple cider has been compared to the winemaking process. Cider experts, like wine sommeliers, can teach you about pairing ciders with food and the complex range of ciders from sweet and fizzy to dry and low-carbonation.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Discovered by chance more than 10,000 years ago when a cask of wine was allowed to ferment too long, this tangy, fruity brew is now developed through a carefully controlled process. Commonly used in cooking, it has long been hailed for a long list of purported medicinal benefits.
Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting apple juice in a two−stage process: First, the juice´s natural sugars are converted by yeasts to alcohol, and then a group of bacteria called acetobacter convert the alcohol to acid. This acetic acid fermentation forms vinegar.
At is simplest, apple cider vinegar is a multi−purpose product, used in preserving and in recipes ranging from dressings to dessert. At its most complex, apple cider vinegar rivals any fine wine vinegar as a fine cooking ingredient.
Apple cider vinegar is usually found in stores near baking supplies or next to salad dressings and sauces. Read the label carefully to ensure you are purchasing original apple cider vinegar and not just a colored, white distilled vinegar. Recipes referencing apple cider vinegar generally refer to 5 percent solutions, so, again, read the label to ensure you are purchasing “the real deal.”