Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Apple Peel Jelly


When I first got my apple peeler Pary Moppins {who is truly perfectly practical} suggested I try making apple peel jelly.  That "appealed" to this frugal girl.  {I'm sorry.  That was bad, but I couldn't resist.}    

Last week I made apple crisp for a church dinner.  I had gobs of peels and cores left over, and decided to give apple peel jelly a try.

Ingredients:
Apple peels and/or cores
Lemon juice
Fruit pectin
Sugar
Water
Optional: hard cinnamon candies or one cinnamon stick

Directions:
Pack approximately 5 cups of apple peels and/or cores into the bottom of a 5 qt. pot.  Cover with 5 1/2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat allowing the peels to simmer for 15 minutes.
Squeeze a little lemon juice (about 1 Tbsp.) over the apple peels and cover the pot.  Leave overnight.

The following day strain the liquid (I used a cheesecloth) into a bowl.  Discard peels/cores.  Measure 5 cups of juice into pot and add 6 Tbsp. low sugar pectin.  Dissolve pectin and then bring to a boil.  Add 2 cups sugar and return to a hard boil for one minute.  Pour into sterile jars and process 10 minutes in a hot water bath.

Variations:
*Add a cinnamon stick to apple peels and water to soak overnight for a light cinnamon flavor.
*For a bright red color and a warm cinnamon kick dissolve 4-5 hard cinnamon candies in the strained liquid before adding pectin.  This jelly has a candy apple flavor.

Even my non-jelly eaters liked the original recipe, and the cinnamon varieties are a fun change on morning toast.

Thank you for the suggestion Pary Moppins!  Apple peel jelly truly is perfectly practical {and delicious}!

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4 comments:

  1. So glad you liked it! This year, I am thinking I will go one step further and add a spent vanilla pod along with the cinnamon stick. That way I will have "pear pie jelly" (I used pears instead of apples). What if you put whole apple pie spices in and strain them out with the peels? Mmmmmmmm...too bad I used up all of my apples from Azure Standard already or else I would be trying your recipe right now. Thank you for the kind words; you are very sweet. :)

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  2. I've never heard of this, but how awesome! Next time my kids go apple picking, I will know what to do with all the "leftovers" from making apple butter/sauce, etc!

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  3. I am so glad to have found this via Google! I am trying to see how many different recipes I can come up for apples this month. So far I'm at 4! I have about 4 trees of apples which I have been blessed with and am having a blast using all the fruit!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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