Are you making delicious apple treats and goodies with this yummy fruit? Don’t waste a bit! Here are some creative uses for apple peels.
There are many different uses for apple peels including using them to make tea, to make jelly, to make syrup, and much more. Instead of wasting your apple peel scraps or just giving them as a treat to the chickens, you can use them to make many delicious things for your family.
Uses for Leftover Apple Peels
We are now in the middle of apple season and that means LOTS of apple recipes! Apple Pies, Applesauce, Baked Apples, Apple Butter and anything else you can think to add apples to are such a treat this time of year! Many of those apple recipes leave behind a lot of apple peels. Even a moderate-sized batch of applesauce can leave a decent pile of apple peels.
In the past, I’ve always fed those apple scraps to my chickens, but it seems like such a waste to throw them out or just to put them in the compost pile. Especially since many of the apple’s nutrients and vitamins are stored in the peel. So I decided to try something new and find other ways to use the apple peels. Here are just some of the clever ways of things you can do with apple peels.
Apple Peels for Aromatherapy
Apple peels can be simmered on the stove to create the scent of fresh-baked apple pie. This is ideal for anytime you want to relax or are having guests over. If you don’t want to do this right now, the peels can be frozen and simmered when you are ready to enjoy their fruity scent. Simply place the peels in a saucepan with water, toss in a cinnamon stick and simmer on low. Add in water as needed to prevent burning.
Tip: Add a little more holiday spirit to your home by tossing in some Dried Orange Peel.
You can also make Apple Peel Potpourri to use for later. Dehydrate the peels, and a few apple cores and slices if you’d like. Combine them with 1 cinnamon stick (broken into several pieces), 3 ginger slivers and 1 teaspoon of whole cloves. Make sure you add enough dried peels and cores to make 1 full cup. Store in an airtight container or the freezer until you are ready to simmer. Dump the contents into a teapot and fill about two-thirds full with water.
Apple Peel Jelly
You can use apple peels to make a delicious jelly to enjoy or gift to others! In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of apple peels and cores and 5 cups of water to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes. Pour through a jelly bag to strain. Measure the juice and return 2 cups of juice to the saucepan. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Return to a boil, stirring frequently. Take the pan off of the heat and skim the foam from the top. Pour the hot liquid into two hot, sterile 6-ounce jelly jars. Wipe the rims well and seal them. Store your jelly in the refrigerator or process in a water bath canner based on your altitude according to the USDA chart below.
Apple Tea with Apple Peels
Enjoy apple peelings in a delicious tea! Pour 4 cups of water into a saucepan along with the peelings from 6 apples, 1 cinnamon stick or ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Boil for 15 minutes. Strain out the peels and cinnamon stick and add 1 tablespoon of honey to sweeten.
Tip: If you enjoy a nice cup of tea, you should try this Warm Cinnamon Tea Herbal Latte.
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar with Peels
Make apple vinegar with your apple peels. Pack a half-gallon mason jar tightly with apple peels and cores, leaving an inch of space at the top. Fill the jar with water, completely submerging the peels and cores. The contents must remain underwater to let fermentation do its job.
Cover with a towel or cheesecloth, held in place with a rubber band. Store somewhere warm for about a month. Pour off the liquid and store it in a glass jar. Use it anywhere you would use Apple Cider Vinegar.
Tip: Check out all of these great Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar!
Apple Peel Syrup
Re-purpose those peels into something delicious, like a big batch of Apple Peel Syrup! You can use any type of apples to make the syrup and it’s a perfect canning project if you are already working on applesauce or something similar.
Apple Peel Chips
This is a yummy snack that the kids will love. Toss the apple peels in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place all of the peels on a baking sheet and try to spread them evenly. Bake at 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes, turn the apple skins halfway through, until crispy.
You could also crumble these up and use them apple peel chips on salads.
Add Apple Peel to Other Recipes
Non-Food Uses for Apple Peels
Many animals enjoy apple peels as a treat. Rabbits, goats and other herbivores will love any extras you might have. Apple peels can also be used to remove stains from aluminum pots and pans. Place the peels in the pot and add some water to them. Simmer for roughly 30 minutes and wipe clean.
–Looking for more uses for old foods? Here are some Uses for Banana Peels to check out!
FAQ About Apple Peels
Can I throw apple peels in my garden?
Apple peels that are tossed directly in your garden might attract wildlife that you’d rather not have munching your veggies. It’s better to put them into your compost pile first.
Is eating apple peel good for you?
Vitamins A, C, and K are found in apple skin. It also contains important minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Apple peels also contain a good amount of fiber.
Is it ok to eat the apple peel?
If you are washing your apples with a good produce wash before consuming, you shouldn’t worry too much about eating the apple peels. Store bought apples do tend to have a wax film coating them, but using a produce wash will help.
If you are still concerned about eating the apple peel, buy organic apples instead. You should still always wash apples before use whether it’s organic or not.
I love finding uses for things that would otherwise be thrown away, like these apple peels. Food waste is a big no-no in our home. Once you start exploring the possibilities, you never know what frugal uses you might be able to benefit from! Don’t miss my Uses For Page with all kinds of frugal ideas on how to use things.
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What are some of your favorite uses for apple peels?
This post on Uses for Apple Peels was originally published on Little House Living in September 2016. It has been updated as of September 2022.