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What can I do with a mound of apple peels?

chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 07:50 AM

I went to a pick-your-own orchard this weekend, and came back with a large bagful of apples which are about to get turned into applesauce, and canned. (Yip!) I'll be left with a substantial quantity of apple peel, and would hate to see it go to waste. Are there any recipes that call for apple peels but not apples? Has anyone tried their hand at apple peel jelly?

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    sam21479 RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 08:26 AM

    Not something to eat, but I sometimes put the peels in a pot of water, add some cinnamon, and simmer on the stove, refilling water as needed for a nice scent in the air.

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      mamachef RE: sam21479 Nov 8, 2011 05:06 PM

      Nice idea, sam. Or, you could boil them in hotdog water and throw it away. :)

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      TNExplorer RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 08:30 AM

      You can make an apple fruit vinegar by putting the peels in a clean jar and adding spring or well water -- no chlorinated water. Cover the mouth of the jar with cheesecloth -- or I've used those cloth covers for squeezing lemons. Store at about 65-70 degress away from sunlight. The mix will start fermenting a 3-4 days; you'll see little bubbles at the top. After a week or so, remove the peels, decant the vinegar into a new bottle. It will continue to age as you use it. Putting it the refrigerator will almost stop the fermentation.

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        momskitchen RE: TNExplorer Oct 18, 2011 08:17 AM

        I always understood that you need....you need a vinegar mother to do that. Fermented apples are not vinegar....you are making alcohol. Then, you can add vinegar mother to your fermentation to make vinegar. Your thoughts?

      2. todao RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 08:40 AM

        Apple wine? Boil them down and make a syrup? Leave them in the yard for the deer?

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          nemo RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 09:15 AM

          Apples have a lot of pectin, so I'm glad Todao mentioned jelly. If you didn't want to make it with cinnamon and apple pie spices, try herbs, like thyme, sage, or rosemary to go with roasted meats and sandwiches.

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            chowmel RE: nemo Oct 20, 2008 05:26 PM

            I've made jelly from the cores and peels. Put them in a pot with some water - not too much. Simmer about 1/2 hour then sit covered of heat for another 1/2 hour. Strain the juice and use in your recipe. Its also useful to use with other fruits for mixed jellies since it is a high pectin fruit.

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              NYCkaren RE: chowmel Oct 21, 2008 12:47 PM

              Thanks for this tip. I may try it someday. I usually eat some of the apple peels, give some to the dog and throw the rest away.

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            lgss RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 06:32 PM

            For future reference, I've made raw applesauce (using a Champion Juicer) without peeling the apples, just core them. Sometimes I add strawberries or blueberries, etc.

            1. geminigirl RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 10:44 PM

              as someone else mentioned, you don't need to peel for applesauce. Just wash apples, cut and quarter and cook untill they are mush. Put through a foley food mill and season to your liking. I usually just freeze, but last year I tried it with canning and it worked great as well. It has a beautiful brown hue, which is how I grew up eating applesauce, can't stand that yellow stuff they sell in the stores:)

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                chloe103 RE: geminigirl Oct 21, 2008 10:12 AM

                Yes, I definitely am in favour of keeping peels in applesauce too. Unfortunately, I am without a food mill right now, and blending will produce a much smoother consistency than I really want.

              2. Emme RE: chloe103 Oct 20, 2008 11:14 PM

                Cut the peels into strips, then coat in cinnamon sugar, and either bake or fry.... make a great fiber packed snack or topping to ice cream or fro yo or in oatmeal or yogurt.... Or, if your peels are large, as in one big strip from a single apple, you could batter them in a flour, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla batter then fry.

                I'd chop them and add to pancake or waffle batter... I love the peels myself, so the taste in there would be great to me.

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                  normalheightsfoodie RE: chloe103 Oct 21, 2008 10:13 AM


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                    RosemaryHoney RE: normalheightsfoodie Oct 21, 2008 11:54 AM

                    Yes! With all those apple peels, it's a great time to start a worm compost. You can do it right in your kitchen. It sounds insane, I know, but look into it.

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                      normalheightsfoodie RE: RosemaryHoney Oct 21, 2008 12:37 PM

                      I in fact have a worm composter for my garden, it produces compost and helps us to keep useful things out of the landfill. We compost all of our fruit and vegi waste.

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                        chloe103 RE: normalheightsfoodie Oct 21, 2008 09:51 PM

                        Hooray composters!

                        I'm actually lucky enough to live in a city that mandates composting, and picks it up for you (I don't have a yard, so I'd have nowhere to put it anyway), so worst comes to worst I'll definitely be putting it in my bin. I'm just hoping to find a culinary use and save myself from resorting to that.

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                          AlizaEss RE: chloe103 Nov 8, 2011 09:50 AM

                          Of course, you could always boil them for apple pectin first, then add them to your compost after that! Double duty.

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                    Sandra Ireland RE: chloe103 Sep 27, 2009 05:22 PM

                    I never waste apple peels. I wash/cleanse all apples thoughly, and ONLY core the apples. The peelings help hold the apples together, provide additional flavour and a dash of colour, and everyone raves about the taste, texture and appearance.
                    Of course, my Grandmother would make apple peeling jelly, but why waste the peelings? We all need the fiber. Since including the apple peels, I've had no complaints about my apple pies OR apple crisp. (I don't peel nectarines, plums, tomatoes and I only de-fuzz peaches and apricots.)

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                      zzDan RE: Sandra Ireland Sep 27, 2009 06:03 PM

                      This is guy type of cooking but I don't even core them or cut them up
                      Just simmer 3 apples in as little water as you can get away with
                      Make sure you added some salt and few raisins, cinnamon maybe
                      Cook maybe 20 minutes and let the pot cool for ten more
                      Then serve apples with a little granola or nuts sprinkled on top

                    2. enbell RE: chloe103 Sep 27, 2009 05:59 PM

                      Add some to garnish a green salad. Add to oatmeal, grits or cream of wheat. Add to quesadillas and grilled cheese sandwiches. Chop and add to jicama or carrots for a slaw.

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                        Jo Ellen RE: chloe103 Nov 9, 2009 03:54 PM

                        just last week I made fresh applesauce and I placed the peels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkled them with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, baked them as low as my oven would go for a couple hours. I left them curly and just mixed them aroung half way thru. They came out looking like curly skinny fries and taste wonderful. Great snack and I am thinking of attaching small bags of them to the jars of applesauce as gifts.

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                          nikonrob2020 RE: chloe103 Sep 10, 2011 02:15 PM

                          Ok, so Ive never liked throwing anything away that is useful & since the apple peel has the most nutrients, & I didn't see any ideas in here that I felt like doing today, I made Salsa. Yep!, I made apple peel salsa. My Hot peppers did great this year & my tomatos didn't, so I used about equal parts apple peel & tomato. & then made the salsa the same way I normally do. Not only did it help be a filler & give more salsa, it also gave it a pleasent sweet taste. Oh, by the way, I cook my salsa. & since there was stringy peelings, I ran it thru the blender, which I never do, so it isn't chunky like my salsa usually is. All in all, I'm going to proclain it as a success!!!

                          1. lynnlato RE: chloe103 Sep 10, 2011 02:50 PM

                            If you have a dehydrator (or can borrow one) I would toss them in cinnamon and dehydrate them. They would make great chips to snack on. No sugar needed.

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                              limoen RE: chloe103 Sep 10, 2011 03:18 PM

                              If you're a jam-making type, you can make apple pectin from them and use that. Just put 'apple peel pectin' into Google for a guide. You can use the cores for pectin too, apparently

                              1. Hank Hanover RE: chloe103 Sep 10, 2011 03:19 PM

                                Ferment it into apple wine then distill it into applejack.

                                1. bushwickgirl RE: chloe103 Sep 10, 2011 04:06 PM

                                  Apple peels can be turned into a "mother" for vinegar, as TNExplorer suggested in post #2 upthread. Here's a little more info:


                                  I realize that the OP's apple peels are long gone, but it's apple season again; this thread has become relevant once more.

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                                    sarahkozak RE: chloe103 Oct 18, 2011 08:12 AM

                                    Here is an article that gives 5 good uses for apple skins. Hope you enjoy it! http://tinyurl.com/3mt2q3q

                                    1. Veggo RE: chloe103 Nov 8, 2011 05:27 PM

                                      Feed the deer.

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                                        bushwickgirl RE: Veggo Nov 8, 2011 09:55 PM

                                        I had some apple peels last week that were so tasty I ate them myself.

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                                          Veggo RE: bushwickgirl Nov 10, 2011 05:23 PM

                                          Yes, deer. Anything you say, deer. ;)

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