You just baked an apple pie, and you are about to throw away all the peels? Know that it’s entirely possible to recycle them by putting together tasty and flavored recipes. Follow the instructions to use them creatively in the kitchen.

Are you more the type to bite into apples or do you prefer to peel them before tasting them? If you’re in the second consumer group, it means your apples are often mistakenly destined for the trash. Apple peels, however, have many benefits. Not only are they juicy and delicious, but they are also full of essential nutrients for the body, provided, of course, that you choose them organically.

The peel of apples, what are the benefits?

You probably know it: The apple is a health-friendly fruit.  This is partly thanks to its skin, which contains large amounts of quercetin, a molecule known for its antioxidant properties. So, if you choose to consume it with its skin, you will take full advantage of its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. So, prefer good organic apples and avoid varieties from industrial agriculture.

How to use apple peels in cooking?

Now that you’ve learned about the many benefits of apple peels, you’re probably wondering if they can be used in cooking. The answer is yes. Here’s a simple trick to give them a new life.

The Baked Chips Method

Want to save apple peels for your next cooking recipes? The first thing to do is to dehydrate them in the oven.  Here’s how to do it in a few simple steps:

  • Preheat your oven to a temperature of no more than 300°F.
  • Wash the apples thoroughly before peeling them. Be sure to make large bowls.
  • Place parchment paper on a baking sheet to arrange the peels. Separate them so the cooking is even.
  • Do you like cinnamon? You can sprinkle this spice on top of the shells for more gourmet chips!
  • Bake for 20 minutes at the same temperature. Be careful not to speed up the cooking time or choose a higher temperature. Otherwise, they might lose all their vitamins.
  • Don’t hesitate to put the shells back in the oven after about ten minutes of cooking.
  • When the time is up, let the peels cool and store them in a sterilized glass container. Perfect for snacking without a guilty conscience!

Now you know how to get oven-dried apple peels. You can store them in a cool, dry and dark place. These chips go well with dessert dishes (fruit salads, cakes, etc.) and salads. And why not use them as a decorative element on your plates!

What to do with apple peels? Other tips

As you must have understood, apple peels are ideal to prepare many simple and healthy recipes. Dried or ground, they are used as condiments for dessert dishes and hot or cold drinks. Here are some simple ideas:

 An infusion of apple peels

Would you like to prepare a delicious herbal tea? There is nothing like apple peel tea to replenish vitamins.

  1. First, rinse the peels thoroughly with hot water.
  2. Then boil them in a pot of water for about twenty minutes.
  3. At this stage, it is possible to add verbena if you like the aroma. Alternatively, opt for a stick of cinnamon if you prefer its flavor.
  4. Infuse everything and filter it!
  5. All you have to do is drink your still hot herbal tea! Feel good guaranteed!

A compote made from apple peels

Looking for another great way to reuse apple peels? What if you made a delicious and nutritious compote? Here’s what you need:

  • The peels of 6 fresh apples with their cores.
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 ounce of coconut blossom sugar
  1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Then strain the preparation through a blender and then through a sieve. This will allow you to remove the leftover shells. Tastes good!

Apple cider vinegar

The preparation of apple cider vinegar may seem complicated at first glance. But there is a very simple and economical way to get a high quality and tasty product. All you need is a little time, patience and some organic apple peels. Here are the ingredients you need:

  • The peels and seeds of 5 medium apples;
  • 1 tablespoon coconut blossom sugar.
  1. First, wash a 3 cups jar in hot water and then sterilize it.
  2. Fill the jar 3/4 full with apple peels and seeds.
  3. Add water to cover the above items without saturating the pot.
  4. If parts float, do not hesitate to keep them submerged with a closed plastic bag filled with water.
  5. All you need to do is cover the jar with a thin muslin cloth or a tea towel to allow air to circulate.
  6. Let sit on a tray in a warm, dark place for 3 weeks, done!

Once the fermentation process is complete, the liquid will darken. All you have to do is strain the mixture, put the liquid back in the jar and continue fermenting (between 4 and 6 weeks). Then put it in the refrigerator. The taste is guaranteed.

You now know how to recycle apple peels in the kitchen. Do not hesitate to try these tips and tricks at home to prepare delicious recipes.