Fall is near, and our apple tree is just loaded for harvesting, odd too since we had a extreme summer and heat with no rain, I'm impressed! So, this means it's time to do something with all those free apples! Of course apple pie filling is a must as well as apple butter but did you know you can make jelly from all those apple peels you will have left over? Don't throw them out or toss them in the compost just yet, try my easy recipe for apple peel jelly and surprise yourself, just don't forget to pat yourself on the back for being so thrifty!
Apple Peel Jelly
4 c firmly packed apple peels
5 c water
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
In covered stainless steel saucepan, bring peels and water to boil. Reduce heat: uncover; simmer 20 minutes. Strain through jelly bag of cheesecloth.(Do not squeeze or you'll have cloudy jelly). Measure juice (you should have about 2 cups); return to same saucepan. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium heat; cook rapidly, uncovered, stirring, remove saucepan from heat. Pour immediately into 2 sterilized 6 oz jelly jars. skim off foam; cover; cool;store in refrigerator. Makes 2 6 oz. jars.
If you'd like a pretty red jelly, just add some red food coloring to the jelly when you return the juice to the saucepan, but either way, it's a good, cheap and a extra treat from your apple harvest. It's good to be thrifty! Enjoy!