Friday, September 11, 2015

Why You Should Save Apple Peelings

It's apple time! Fresh apples are coming into season and they're cheaper now than they will be in the future.

If you don't eat the apple peelings, or have a child who doesn't, do you toss them into the garbage? Don't. Be sure the apple is washed before you peel it, then save the peelings in a plastic bag in the freezer until you have enough. Here are a couple of ways to use them:

Apple Peel Tea

1 cup of frozen apple peelings
1 cup of water.

Put this in a jar or glass bowl and put it in the sun or in the oven on very low (150 to 175).  When it's warmed thoroughly, set it out on the counter to cool, the strain the peels out of it, pressing them to get all of the tea. Add in a tiny, tiny pinch of salt to bring out the flavor and there you have it. You can add sweetener if it needs it. Drink it hot or iced.

Apple jelly

Put apple peelings in a large pot and cover them with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for at least a half hour, until the peels are soft and cooked. Strain the peels out, measure the liquid and return it to the pot.

To two cups of juice, add 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Bring this to a hard boil and boil until it sheets from a spoon. "Sheets from a spoon" means that when you take a tablespoon of it and hold it high over the pot and pour it back into the pot, the spoon will develop a sheet of it which won't fall back into the pot.

At this point, take it off the heat and immediately pour into sterilized jars. You can keep this in the refrigerator or seal it in a boiling water bath if you're familiar with that. (Boiling Water Bath Canning)

Related Ideas:
Fresh Apple Season
How to Find Free Fruit

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