5 Good Uses For Your Apple Peels

It's apple season, which means apple pie, apple butter, applesauce ... and mountains of apple peels! Before you toss them into the trash or compost, check out these five good uses.

1. Make jelly: Any apple peels will do, but red colored ones make an especially lovely jelly. The Recipe Link has a recipe that calls for added pectin, while Craftster has one that simply uses peels and cores.

2. Brew tea: Pink tea! We can't wait to try this recipe from Finding Joy in My Kitchen.

3. 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.

4. Add to smoothies: Throw some frozen apple peels into a smoothie for extra fiber.

5. 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.

Do you have any other good uses for apple peels?

Related: 5 Good Uses for Your Citrus Peels

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(Originally published October 25, 2010)