I made an apple pie the other day and peeled 6 or so apples. I ended up composting the peelings, and it got me wondering, what else could I have done with them?

  • hopefully not too recipe requesty...
    – Sam Holder
    Sep 2, 2010 at 18:14
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    Eat it, it’s very good ;) Sep 3, 2010 at 1:47
  • @Martin, it is good, but the peel from six apples is a bit much for me.
    – Sam Holder
    Sep 7, 2010 at 21:00
  • One caveat with all this: Commercial apples are often lacquered with wax or other things that, while supposedly edible, might yield surprises when processing the peels. Jun 10, 2016 at 8:32

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You could use them, together with the core, to make apple-glaze (for your pie). Cover everything with water, simmer about 30 min, strain, simmer until you reach the desired density.

  • How would you make apple-glaze?
    – Kyra
    Sep 2, 2010 at 20:04
  • Cover everything with water, simmer about 30min, filter, simmer until you got the desired density. Sep 2, 2010 at 21:46

You can do something similar to how low-end vodka is made from potato peelings:

Take all the peels, stuff in a blender, and liquefy with as little water as needed to make a fairly liquid slurry. Dump into a large pot, bring to a boil, cover, cool. Dump into a fermenter, add yeast, wait a week, strain, add a clarifying agent, return to fermenter, let rest a week, distill, recombine with water/sugar/apple juice to flavor: bam, free applejack :)

This takes some know-how with respect to fermentation, and some effort to set up the fermentation, but if you have loads of apple bits (like from pressing cider from 6 or so bushels), it is kinda worth it for free booze from nature.

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    Home distilling is illegal in almost every major country. Also, it's dangerous because of intoxicating and potentially explosive fumes. And to top all that off, because apple peels are high in pectin, which distills to methanol, which is highly toxic, you'd have to be very careful to capture and discard the relatively high amount of methanol that would be produced relative to using whole apples or other fruits as your base.
    – bikeboy389
    Dec 6, 2010 at 21:51
  • Fermentation is legal lots of places, of course, just not distilling.
    – bikeboy389
    Dec 6, 2010 at 21:52

This isn't exactly a culinary use, but apple peel is apparently a very popular exfoliant.


The other day I stumbled across this recipe for apple butter that uses the peels. It's made from apples as well, it's not just the peels, but the author specifically mentions that she dumps any extra peels (i.e. from apple sauce or apple pie) in the crock pot in order to increase the yield.

I haven't tried to make it, but the photo makes it look pretty delicious.

  • nice stumbling!
    – Sam Holder
    Dec 6, 2010 at 12:00

There are some "creative" suggestions towards the bottom of this page. (dietary supplement, jelly, string, ...).

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    (But personally I'd just compost 'em). Sep 2, 2010 at 18:24

Apple peels combined with any citrus slices and/or peels, a cinnamon stick, some whole cloves, and some allspice makes a great potpourri. Cover with water and maintain at a very low simmer on the back of the stove. It makes the house smell homey and comforting from the minute you walk in the door!

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