Just how is apple juice made?

Raw apples are processed into apple juice after they are put through a handling process designed to remove external surface dirt and topical chemical residues. Once the apples are thoroughly cleaned and inspected, the juice is extracted from the apples and heat-treated (pasteurized) to kill microorganisms that might be present. Like milk, many juices have been heat treated to help them last longer and kill bacteria that may have occurred prior to or during processing. Nutrients and flavor are generally not affected by this process. Shelf stable and frozen fruit juices have been pasteurized or heat-treated. Government-mandated label advises consumers when a juice has not been pasteurized or heat treated.

Source:  Applejuice.org


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