An apple a day really could keep the doctor away – as long as you don’t throw away the peel. This is because apple peel packs most of the fiber. Apple peels can also ease breathing problems.
Therefore, think twice before you throw out apple peels! Here are some ideas for how to use up all the apple peels 🙂
Apple peels can be made into a refreshing drink warm or cold.
Put the apple peelings into a pan with enough water to cover the peelings plus about an extra centimetre. Add a dash of lemon juice and bring to a soft boil. Simmer until the peelings are soft. Strain the contents of the pan in a sieve pressing down until no more juice comes out. The juice can be sweetened to taste. More water can be added if the juice is too strong.
Place about 3-4 inches of apple peels, lightly packed, into a 4.5 qt. pot with 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and boil for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, put the lid on the pot, and allow to stand overnight. (Optional, add a cinnamon stick when you let it sit overnight.)
Strain the liquid into a measuring cup, and make certain you have 5 cups. Return to the pot. Gradually dissolve 1 box of pectin into the liquid and bring to a full rolling boil, over high heat. Add 7 cups of sugar (all at once), stirring to dissolve. Return to boiling, and boil hard for 1 minute.
Remove from heat, skim foam if necessary, and pour into hot 1/2 pint jelly jars. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
3. Apple Tea
6 apple peels
3-4 C water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or 1 cinnamon stick)
1 T honey
1 T lemon juice
Place apple peels in a sauce pan. Cover with water and lemon juice and cinnamon.
Bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes, until liquid is colorful and appley.
Strain out the apple peels using a colander positioned over a large bowl. Then, add in the honey. Taste… add additional honey or cinnamon to taste.
If you are serving right away, you may choose to add a cinnamon stick in place of ground cinnamon.
4.Add to oatmeal:
Store peels in the freezer and add them to simmering oatmeal along with raisins and cinnamon. For a finer texture, process the peels in a blender first.
The acid in the apple peels will remove stains and discoloration from aluminum cookware. Fill the pan with water and apple peels, bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 minutes. This is less expensive and much safer to use, especially with children in the house!!
If you have any leftovers and not sure what to do with them or forgotten foods in the fridge, tell us and we’ll try to come up with some ideas for you! 🙂