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Does apple cider go bad? How does one know if their apple cider is bad?

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Our apple cider is all natural, raw, handcrafted, unsweetened, and unpasteurized!

How Apple Cider Is Made

Apple cider is made from different types of apples with nothing else added. No spices. No sugars or sweeteners. Apples are grinded into pulp and then the juice is squeezed from this pulp. We do not filter our cider.

Apple Cider vs Apple Juice

Apple cider and apple juice are very different.  Apple Juice is filtered and sweetend. Apple cider is not filtered or sweetened.  The official description from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture says cider is "raw apple juice that has not undergone a filtration process to remove coarse particles of pulp or sediment."Thus, Cider is cider because of its cloudy composition, which stems from apple debris. The filtering of apple juice and the fact that it is more processed allows for an extended shelf life. Apple cider, on the other hand, “turns” quickly. Our apple cider is also not pasteurized which also shortens its shelf life.


If sugars are added then the juice would have a longer shelf life. We do not add any sugar to our cider. When cider starts to “turn” it begins to become carbonated as fermentation turns it into alcohol. As cider becomes exposed to oxygen, airborne yeast mixes with the cider’s natural sugars to produce acid. With this process, apple cider becomes alcoholic and eventually similar to vinegar.

Does Apple Cider Really Go Bad? Technically No

Apple Cider may not taste as good after it begins to “turn”. It will become darker in color and start to froth. When those things start to occur, it just means the cider is undergoing fermentation. It will taste more sour like vinegar, but it's by no means harmful. The cider just becomes unpleasant-tasting and slightly more alcoholic. It is not harmful.

So, does apple cider go bad? Technically no, but the cider will slowly transform into a more acidic-tasting beverage. Yes, a science lesson was needed to understand the expiration timeline of your favorite fall drink.

Tips To Enjoy My Fresh, Raw, Handcrafted Apple Cider

A few great tips to prolong the life of this all-natural fall drink are to freeze some! Cider freezes great! Just thaw an enjoy. If your cider starts to slightly turn, adapt this fall drink into creative recipes like heating it up and making hot cider, making a cocktail with it, or using it for some fall flavored oatmeal.

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Rowlynda Moretti

The Julian Cider Mill

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Feb 05

Thanks also for the helpful tips on how to extend the shelf life of this delicious fall drink, such as by freezing it or using it in various recipes. Sounds great! By the way, if you want to record your screen to save interesting articles and recipes, I found a great solution It's free, simple and multifunctional.


David Wearne
David Wearne
Oct 08, 2021

My cider vinegar turned clear this year no color to it. Is it any good?

Rowlynda Moretti
Rowlynda Moretti
Oct 08, 2021
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Hi David!

Vinegar is a fermented product to begin with, and the good news is that it has an “almost indefinite” shelf life. According to the Vinegar Institute, “Because of its acid nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration. White distilled vinegar will remain virtually unchanged over an extended period of time. And, while some changes can be observed in other types of vinegars, such as color changes or the development of a haze or sediment, this is only an aesthetic change. The product can still be used and enjoyed with confidence.”

There is so much acid in vinegar, that bacteria can not grow!

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