My boys love apples. Actually, love might be an understatement. When we cut apple juice out of their diet, I started buying apples on a regular basis. I was amazed at the fact that they would eat almost the entire apple – even the core.
Over the summer, I bought apples at our local Farmer’s Market. The market closes during the winter months, so I’ve been buying organic apples at our grocery store. Apples, without a doubt, are one of our major expenses. So, when it comes to the scraps, cores, and peels; I let nothing go to waste.
I had a bag in the freezer that was filled with apple peel (sometimes for supper I cut and peel an apple) and apple core. The bag was getting full, and I was feeling adventurous today. I decided to try making some apple jelly.
First, cover the scraps with water, and let it boil for about 30 minutes. Strain the scraps making sure not to let any pieces get through. I had some cinnamon sticks that I added to the liquid while it boiled. Put the apple water back on the stove, add about 1/2 cup of sugar for each cup of liquid and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until it reaches 220 degrees and sticks to a spoon.
Pour into a glass jar and store in the fridge.
I’m making a fresh loaf of bread for the week and can’t wait to try some of this new jelly on the bread. Oh, the joys and yumminess (yes, I just created that word) of home cooked food!