Apple Cider Q&A

Kimmel Orchard's Freshly Pressed Apple Cider

Your questions....answered!

Many of you have either tried apple cider or have had its non-healthier juice.

We are here to tell you, apple cider delivers all of these healthy options!

  • 100% apples
  • No added sugar
  • No fat, saturated fat or trans fat
  • No cholesterol
  • Gluten-free
  • Only 80 calories
  • One serving counts as a serving of fruit.
  • Cider contains pectin, a soluble fiber that reduces cholesterol


Q: How many apples are in one gallon of apple cider?

A: 36 apples


Q: Does it matter what kind of apples you use for apple cider?

A: We have 22 varieties of apples and we use them all! There isn't one kind of apple that isn't included in the cider making process.


Q: Can you mix two or three varieties of apple in one batch?

A: Yes, typically we like to mix 5 to 6 varieties of apples into each batch of apple cider. There is a mixture of sweet and tart apples to balance out the delicious flavor.


Q: How many gallons of apple cider can you make per bushel?

A: 3 to 3 1/2 gallons of apple cider are produced from one bushel.


Q: What percentage of apples picked go into the cider press?

A: About 20-30% of apple picked go into the cider press.


Q: On a bountiful apple season, how many gallons of cider are produced?

A: About 35,000-40,000 gallons of cider are produced on a bountiful apple season.


Q: What else besides apples are added to the mixture?

A: Absolutely nothing! We do not add any extras like spices or sugars. It is all natural!


Q: The residue on the bottom of the jug, is that normal?

A: Yes it is completely normal, the particles on the bottom of the jug are just pieces of the apple and it just needs to be shaken before consumption.


Q: What is the difference between apple juice and apple cider?

A: The difference between apple juice and apple cider is apple cider is "raw apple juice that has not undergone a filtration process to remove coarse particles of pulp or sediment." On the other hand, apple juice undergoes filtration to remove pulp and is then pasteurized and sugar is added to extend the shelf life.


Q: Do you have pasteurized and unpasteurized apple cider?

A: Yes we do. Pasteurized juices have been heated to high temperatures for a short time in order to kill any bacteria or other microorganisms that may be present. Unpasteurized juices have not.


Q: Can you freeze the cider and then re-defrost it if you want to use it at a later time?

A: Yes you can! You can freeze it for up to one year.


Q: How long does it keep in the fridge?

A: Treat apple cider like it is a dairy product. It will stay fresh in the fridge for one to two months, but particularly one month after purchase.


We hope this better answers your questions about our homemade apple cider. We hope to see you all in the near future!

Stay safe and stay healthy, 

Your Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard Team