Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600763

APPLE JUICE QUALITY: Good quality apple juice is made from a blend of varieties. For best results, buy fresh juice from a

local cider maker within 24 hours after it has been pressed.

PROCEDURE: Refrigerate juice for 24 to 48 hours.
Without mixing, carefully pour off clear liquid and discard
sediment. Strain clear liquid through a paper coffee filter
or double layers of damp cheesecloth. Heat quickly,
stirring occasionally, until juice begins to boil. Fill
immediately into sterile pint or quart jars (see following
directions for sterilizing jars) or fill clean, hot half-
gallon jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust lids and

Sterilization of Empty Jars

To sterilize empty jars, put them right side up on the
rack in a boiling-water canner. Fill the canner and jars
with hot (not boiling) water to 1 inch above the tops of the
jars. Boil 10 minutes at altitudes of less than 1,000
feet. At higher elevations, boil 1 additional minute for
each additional 1,000 feet elevation. Remove and drain
sterilized jars one at a time as filled.


Style Process Time At Altitude of
of Jar 0- 1001- over
Pack Size 1000 ft. 6000 ft. 6000 ft.

Hot Pints 5 min. 10 min. 15 min.
Hot Quarts 5 10 15

Hot Half-Gallons 10 15 20

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