Food - Drink
What's The Difference Between Apple Cider & Apple Juice?
There comes a time in (most) kids' lives when they graduate from apple juice to its pinky-up, more adult cousin: apple cider. So why does one of these fruity beverages usually wind up in a sippy cup, and the other in a boozy cider slushie? It all comes down to the specific processes of extracting juice from fresh apples.
Apple cider is made from apples that are washed, cut, and ground into an "apple mash" similar to applesauce; the mash is then wrapped in cloth, pressed into fresh juice, and not filtered to remove the pulp. On the other hand, apple juice undergoes very thorough filtration and is then pasteurized to extend its shelf life.
Apple juice can sit unopened in your cabinet for months, but true "raw" apple cider is perishable and should be refrigerated. Unpasteurized cider can even start to ferment and turn into hard cider over time, so snag the freshest cider you can find at the farmers' market and drink it as quickly as possible.