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May 16, 2009 07:47 PM

Apple skins

I made apple croustade tonight, and have a lot of apple skin left over with on it still some apple.
Is there anything I can do with it?
I hate wasting food, and if there's something I can do with it, I will.

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      1. re: rworange

        Simple, easy and pure genius!

        1. re: Anarkya

          Let me know if it is any good. I hate wasting stuff.

          A few more ideas

          Toss them with cinnamon and sugar and place on a greased, cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn off oven, flip and place back in the oved for a few hours (no heat) Voila ... crispy baked apple chips,

          This sounds good

          "Chop the apple peels and treat them with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Toss them with balsamic vinegar., stone ground mustard, and a little maple syrup. Drizzle over a simple salad of spinach, red onions, and mandarin orange slices"

          This site says to make apple vinegar

          Apple juice by covering with water, bringing to a boil then reduce heat. Strain liquid and add sugar and cinnamon to taste.

          This was one of the best i've seen ... apple slaw ... I will probably try it next time I'm peeling apples.

          "for a dressing using some mayo, cider vinegar, powdered sugar and a little salt and pepper. combine with a little pine apple, raisins and toss to coat."

          This sounded pretty great too - RecipeButterscotch Apple Peel And Orange Butter

          Turkey Barley Soup

          From a chowhound thread last year, I liked this idea the best

          "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"

      2. Actually you get more Google hits searching on recipe and 'apple peelings'

        Someone said to fry them in a pan with a little butter. When light brown, and add some sugar and cinnamon to taste. Another site said to serve them over vanilla ice cream after frying.

        Here's a recipe for home made pectin that should work fine with just the peels.

        I don't see why they wouldn't work for apple jelly. One site said to freeze the peelings until you are ready to make jelly.

        There was a suggestion on another site to steep the skins to make apple tea ... add honey to taste.

        Popourri (search on peelings)

        Another tip is you can remove discolouration of aluminium pots and pans by boiling apple peelings in them.
        A vegetable stock using apple peelings

        Buy a live rabbit. Fatten it on apple peelings ... make rabbit recipe.

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        1. re: rworange

          Yes, we made apple tea from all the leftover peelings when I was younger, too! We only did it with home-grown, apples, though-- I'd think that for commercial ones, you'd at least want to make sure that they were scrubbed really well before peeling. (Seems like it could be a recipe for "apple and honey flavored infusion of pesticides")

          One recently when I had some peelings around and was making japanese curry for dinner, I boiled the peelings in the water that I was going to add to the curry bricks. Dunno that it was all that much different from regular curry taste, but the fancier curry sometimes includes fruit already (also to very modest effect).

          I love the rabbit idea :) If you really have a lot of the peelings, goat might work with this preparation, too?

          1. re: rworange

            Heck, why not just add them to a green salad? So many other fruits are added to salads. Seems a shame to add sugar or butter to something so healthful...those skins are where it's at, nutritionally.

          2. I make an apple-skin custard--process or cut the skins into small pieces, mix with egg yolks, milk, sugar and cinnamon, pour into ramekins and bake in a bain mairie until firm.

            1. toss it all in a blender to make Appleskinsauce?