Homemade Apple Cider- A Simplistic Sustainable Food Process

Many folks are presented annually with the happy problem of surplus backyard apples, or they may know where fruit can be foraged. However, a barrier to converting them into storable juice or hard cider exists.

Juice and Strain™ kit

Photo credit – Helen Stewart

Traditionally apple juice has been obtained by a pulp and press two-step method. Apples are fed into a shredder, and the resulting pomace is pressed. Homemade or mass manufactured, the required kit is large, heavy and expensive.

Pulp and press kit at head to head challenge Brogdale Cider Festival, Kent, England, August 2014.

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Juice and Strain™- A simple Breakthrough Technology

A novel, synchronous, single-step process has now been designed and proven on a small scale, ranging up to 100kg of apples. Several public head to head contests have demonstrated superior performance.

The process is faster, cleaner, higher yielding and therefore of lower cost than the usual, thus much larger hand-operated scratter and basket press combination.

This simple technological breakthrough is known internationally as Juice and Strain™ (J&S).

Our short first YouTube video gives a quick impression of J&S in action.


Juice and Strain is simple to understand and explain. It hinges on combining recent centrifugal juicer-performance advances with modern process-thinking. Thus, whole apples are fed into the juicer at one end, and clear apple juice is drawn-off by the demijohn full at the other.

8 kg of fruit yielding 4.5 liters of juice in under three minutes.The J&S process delivers increased accessibility to apple juicing and provides opportunities for hard cider making at home from surplus backyard apples or foraged fruit. This simple example demonstrates how scientific innovation can be useful and relevant to us all.

filled demijohns of hard cider

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Official Recognition Through Innovation

Juice and Strain™ has received by being listed on the Resource Efficient Innovations Database, “official” recognition. Here in the UK REID WRAP – Waste & Resources Action Program, a part funded Government initiative.

crown capping strong beer bottles

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In summary, the fruit to be used is organic origin, of no food miles, is additive free. And with the use of domestic photovoltaic roof panels to power the juicer, will leave a zero carbon footprint.

Moreover, strong bottles or flip top bottles can be re-used and all the kit parts recycled at the end of their service life. Dr. Nevin J Stewart – a retired industrial chemist, Guildford, Surrey, England.


finished hard cider ready for drinking

Photo credit – Helen Stewart