It's that time of year, when apple-filled desserts reign supreme. From pies and cakes to crisps and muffins, no matter what you're cooking up, one thing is certain — it's only a matter of time before you're staring down a bowl full of apple peels. Instead of tossing them, here are seven ways to give those peels a new life in the kitchen.
1. Roast chips.
Tossed with a touch of melted butter and cinnamon-sugar, apple peels can be roasted into the light and crispy snack your fall afternoon needs.
2. Make tea.
Steeped in boiling water, along with a cinnamon stick and honey, apple peels make a soothing tea. Bonus: Use the peels of red apples and you'll brew up a lovely pink-hued beverage.
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3. Whip up a smoothie.
Apples peels bring a big boost of fiber, along with extra sweetness, to smoothies. Keep them stored in a resealable bag in the freezer in between blending up a drink.
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4. Garnish salads.
For a garnish that's as pretty as it is delicious, julienne apple peels into thin strips for a sweet seasonal salad topper.
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5. Make apple cider vinegar.
Here's a reason to save the apple cores along with the peels. Mixed with sugar and submerged in water, it's easy to turn apple scraps into a batch of DIY apple cider vinegar.
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6. Clean stains from aluminum cookware.
Combined with water, then brought to a boil and simmered for about 30 minutes, the acid in the apple peels helps to remove stains from aluminum cookware.
7. Fold into pancakes and muffins.
Chop up peels and add them to you next batch of pancakes, waffles, or muffins. The peels add a subtle apple flavor and will boost the fiber content of any of these dishes. Pair them with cinnamon to keep everything tasting like apple pie.
What's your favorite way to use up apple peels?