Appealing Uses for Apple Skins
I like apple peels. When my grandchildren want their apples peeled and cut up, I eat the peels. When I make recipes that call for the apple without the skin, I eat as much of it as I can. Apple peels are the part of an apple that are high in antioxidants. Almost half of the vitamin C in apples as well as a lot of the scent is just under the skin. Manufacturers of products such as applesauce and canned apples throw peels away, wasting a rich source of antioxidants and naturally cleansing acids. Rather than discarding apple peels, you can use them in a variety of recipes, as an air freshener or even as a natural cleanser.
Some easy recipes that call for apple peels are apple jelly and apple honey tea. Make apple jelly by placing the apple peel and cores from 5 apples in a pan and covering them with water. Boil the mixture for 10 minutes and strain the liquid through a colander. Place the remaining liquid into the pan and stir in 1 cup of sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it boil at medium heat until the temperature reaches 220 degrees. Pour the mixture into an empty jar. To make apple honey tea, boil 6 apple peels, 3/4 cup of water, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a saucepan for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out the apple peels and add 1 tablespoon of honey. Pour it into a crock pot to keep it warm. Apple peels can also be used to flavor oatmeal, placed inside a whole turkey or chicken before baking, covered with cinnamon and sugar and baked or frozen for later use.
The acid in apple peels can remove stains in aluminum. Aluminum pans and utensils can be restored with apple peels. Place apple peels and water in a discolored aluminum pan, bring to a boil, and let it simmer for 10 to 30 minutes. Remove the mixture, wash and rinse the pan, then dry it. Repeat the process if necessary. To clean aluminum utensils, place them in the pan with the boiling water and apple peels or rub the stains with a fresh apple peel.
Place apple peels in a pan and cover them with water. Bring them to a boil to produce a natural air freshener and let it simmer to add a pleasant scent to the air. Spices such as cinnamon, ginger or cloves can be added to the mixture to produce additional scents. For use as potpourri, apple peels can be cut, grated or dried and placed in a decorative container.
If you still have apple peels left , they make a great addition to a compost pile. Now you have no reason to let apple skins go to waste!
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