How to use apple peels, when we say that nothing is thrown away in the kitchen we really mean nothing, not even apple peels. We are used to thinking that the skins are a waste but, with a pinch of imagination, they can help us to give an extra touch of taste and flavour to our recipes. Here are five ways to use apple peels.
Undisputed queens of fruit, a symbol of health and protagonists of poems: we are talking about apples, of course. Do you eat one a day as the saying suggests, but are you used to peeling and biting only the pulp? Have you ever wondered if the peels can be reused in some way? You will be pleased to know that not only peels can be used, but that doing so is a great idea because, even if considered a “waste”, they are rich in fibre and nutrients, help digestion and even concentration.
Before using the peels of the apples it is important to be sure of the origin because very often the production of this fruit involves the use of pesticides or industrial waxes, which concentrate in particular on the external surface: if possible choose organic apples; in any case, our advice is to wash them thoroughly with water and baking soda to make sure you have eliminated most of the residues. Once clean, you will have no more excuses: you just have to try these 5 simple and tasty recipes in which you can finally use apple peels.
An excellent idea for recycling apple peels is to use them to prepare an infusion, to be sipped both hot and cold, excellent for stimulating digestion and fighting constipation and abdominal pain. All you need to do is:
- put half a litre of water on the fire over a low flame
- just before boiling, add the apple peels and a pinch of cinnamon;
- let it boil for 5 minutes;
- filter the infusion and add lemon juice or honey (according to taste).
Have you ever thought about making apple cider vinegar at home? What if we told you that you can easily make a very useful apple peel vinegar? Leave the apple peels to macerate in a litre of water mixed with honey, in a glass container covered with a cotton cloth and sealed with an elastic. After 4 weeks (be careful to remove the white patina that could form on the surface), filter the liquid by removing the skins: your waste vinegar is ready.
If you want to prepare a delicious and healthy breakfast, use the peels of the apples: you can simply chop them or cut them into strips (the peel of an apple for each portion will be fine) and combine them with 70 grams of oat flakes, 250 ml of water and 250 ml of milk. The result will be a delicious and genuine fruit porridge, to which you can add cinnamon, honey, dried fruit, or chocolate chips.
Everyone loves apple biscuits but not everyone knows that it can also be a brilliant idea to recycle apple peels and not just the pulp. To make them at home, all you have to do is:
- Break two eggs and whip them with the electric whisk;
- add 100 grams of sugar a little at a time, taking care to incorporate it evenly;
- add 100 grams of butter softened at room temperature until a homogeneous mixture is obtained;
- sift the 350 grams of 00 type flour and add it to the mixture a little at a time;
- add the sifted instant yeast for cakes;
- cut the peels of two apples into strips and caramelize them in a saucepan with 50 grams of sugar, then add them to your mixture and mix well;
- form balls and then biscuits spread them on a baking tray covered with a sheet of parchment paper and bake them for 20 minutes at 180 ° C.
If in the kitchen you like to experiment and try new recipes, apple peel chips are the one for you: a very simple and incredibly tasty recipe at no cost. How to do it? Season the peels of 2 or 3 apples with sugar and cinnamon, arrange them on a dripping pan covered with a sheet of parchment paper, and cook for 30 minutes at 150 ° C: you will get a healthy and delicious snack.