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    What can I do with apple cores and peels?

    Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:04 am Groupie
    I hate throwing food away and have gotten into the habit of using all of the odds and ends of vegetables to make stock.

    It occurred to me today when I was coring and peeling 10 apples for my Apple Fritters recipe that maybe there is something I can do with them rather than just throwing them in the garbage.

    Anyone have any ideas? Maybe a soup that I can strain them out afterwards?
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:22 am
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    They're rather "thin on substance" to make a soup with, but I'm sure there's a recipe somewhere on the Internet for making your own pectin from cores and peels.

    However, at this busy time of year ... is it worth it? icon_wink.gif

    What about sugaring and oven-drying the peels? Maybe it will work well as a healthy snack food.
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:34 am Groupie
    I'm assuming that the apple cores and peels would just be one ingredient in a soup rather than needing the soup to stand on that flavor alone.

    Most of my celebrating is done, so I've got some time and would love to find something to do with it.
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:13 am Groupie
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:59 am Groupie
    Birds love fruit. I put old fruit out at my feeders. Rabbits love them, too.
    bBury them in your garden to compost themselves over the winter.
    Make cider vinegar, jelly, add them to mulled cider to intensify the flavor, puree them in some water, strain the water and use it as the liquid to cook a pot of beans. Make rosettes and dehydrate them for decorating wreaths.
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    Add to oatmeal: Store peels in the freezer and add them to simmering oatmeal along with raisins and cinnamon. For a finer texture, process the peels in a blender first.
    Add to smoothies: Throw some frozen apple peels into a smoothie for extra fiber.
    Clean aluminum cookware: According to DIY Network, the acid in apple peels can remove stains and discoloration from aluminum pots and pans. Fill the pan with water, add apple peels, and simmer for about 30 minutes.
    Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:34 pm Groupie
    I freeze them and use them in my "Lil' Crock", along with orange peels and a cinnamon stick for potpourri.

    Feeding the birds is also a good idea.
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