It’s apple season! Most of us know that you can use apples to make a million different things – apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider, apple sauce. The list goes on and on. But did you know that your apple peel is just as useful as what’s underneath it? Here are 8 little-known ways to brilliantly use your apple peels.
Potpourri is not just something your grandma keeps in mason jars. It’s easy to make and will make your home smell delicious. To make this homemade air freshener, dry your apple peels either in a dehydrator or for a few hours in your oven on the lowest setting. Feel free to combine the dried peels with cinnamon or other citrus peels, depending on the smell you’re looking for.
Apple Peel Jam
A little known fact: using apple peels and cores, you can make your own homemade apple jam. You only need a few ingredients and a pot to boil some water and you can have your very own apple jelly. Find the recipe here.
Technically, using apple peels for tea is a “tisane” because no tea leaves are involved, but that doesn’t make this tea any less delicious. Using the recipe found here, you can steep homemade apple tea that’s perfect to keep you warm during the chilly months to come.
Apple tisane is also a handy remedy for insomnia, for those of you struggling to get your 8 hours.
Anna Kovel, Martha Stewart’s food editor, found that mixing apples in some cinnamon sugar and baking them for 2 1/2 hours produces a delicious and stress-free snack. Once the rolled-up apple peels begin to curl and get crispy, you’ve got yourself a healthy, yummy snack your whole family will love.
Shockingly, apple peels make juice as well as the rest of the apple! The recipe is simple and in only a few hours you’ll have freshly made juice. Follow these simple directions here.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is more of a long-term use for your apple peels. The process to make apple cider vinegar only takes a few ingredients but requires a month to ferment properly. Find a simple recipe here.
Looking to add some more fiber to your diet? You can find your answer in apple peels. The next time you make an apple pie or a crisp, save your peels in a freezer bag. Then when you’re in the mood for a morning smoothie, throw the apple peels in and mix until smooth for a little extra boost of fiber.
This one certainly caught my attention. All you need is apple peels, yeast, water, orange juice and lemon juice to make homemade wine like a pro. Get the full recipe here.