Fall is in the air!! It got down to 48 last night and will only be in the 70's for the next week so I can't help but think that fall has arrived early this year, I'm excited!! One reason is all the tasty goodies to bake, make, can and prepare for the new season. Apple and pumpkin butters are a staple in my house and as I type this, I have 8 pie pumpkins waiting to be cooked down to make some butter, thanks to a friend with a early crop! Apples are a autumn harvest that can be used in many ways, and this week I'm giving you one more use, to make some apple peel jelly! So don't be quick to throw the peels in the compost pile yet, because they still contain alot of juice and flavor that just shouldn't go to waste!
Apple Peel Jelly
4 c. firmly packed apple peels
5 c. water
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.
This isn't a red jelly but you can always add some red food coloring or better yet, a handful of cinnamon red hots, the candy. Not only will they brighten up the jelly but add a nice hint of cinnamon to the batch! Being thrifty is sweet!!