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« on: October 26, 2008 02:13:54 PM »

As I was making an apple pie this afternoon, I wondered what I could do with the leftover apple peels. Lo and behold, I discovered that you can make jelly from the peels and cores! So, after going through a bunch of jelly recipes, this is what I came up with:



To make the jelly I took the peels and cores from 5 apples (I used cortland) and put them in a pot with enough water to cover them. I boiled this for about 10 minutes. This part smelled sooo good! Then I poured the mix through a collander to strain out the chunks. I got about 2 cups of pretty pink liquid. I poured this back into my pot, stirred in a cup of sugar, a little bit of cinnamon and set it to boil. Then I put my candy thermometer in the liquid and waited for it to reach 220F (which is where the thermometer said 'jelly'). After that, I poured it into an empty sauce jar. The 2 cups of liquid boiled down to around a cup. And there you have it, apple cinnamon jelly! 

This was an exciting thing to discover for me because I've wanted to try jelly/jam making but I didn't want to mess with tons of jelly and canning it all. I just want a little for me! Haha. I will definately make this again!

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008 02:23:32 PM »

Looks soooo tasty!! I'm allergic to apple skins, so I probably couldn't eat it Sad But it's so cool that you could make something tasty out of the skins and core!
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2008 02:27:07 PM »

Looks great! Apple skins contain a lot of pectin that forms jelly. I make jelly out of powdered pectin from the grocery store, but this seems really cool!
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2008 03:10:47 PM »

Such a great idea & its looks tasty too!  Thanks for the instructions, I must just have ago sometime!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008 03:41:16 PM »

Looks soooo tasty!! I'm allergic to apple skins, so I probably couldn't eat it Sad But it's so cool that you could make something tasty out of the skins and core!

I obviously don't know about your allergy, but I'm also allergic to apple skins, and raw pineapple. But for some reason, cooking (or canning in the case of pineapple) takes care of the allergy. I don't know if it cooks out the bad stuff or what.


Tygir, I just sent your post to my  mom - I'm hoping she'll keep it in mind next time she bakes a pie. I'm more of a no-baker (as in no-bake cookies). That looks absolutely delicious!
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008 05:15:48 PM »

what a great idea! i can't find pectin locally near me (and i don't want to order online) so this would work for me. i didn't know the skins had pectin. thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2008 05:25:35 PM »

Oooo!  I'm just about to make a Jewish Apple Cake (and while most recipes only call for 3-4 apples, I use 10-12), so I definitely am going to do this.  Thank you so much for posting!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2008 06:42:13 PM »

I'm going to have to try this after my next batch of apple butter!
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2008 08:12:07 PM »

My jelly isn't gelling Sad.  It isn't getting to 220, either though.  I still have it boiling, but it's at a steady 210.  I'm letting it boil and testing it out in small batches, by cooling it in the fridge (in hopes that it will thicken when it cools - it's not).  I'm not giving up though!
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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2008 07:44:52 PM »

Fantastic! I just made some apple butter, and tossed all the peels and cores Sad [I didn't even think of this! next time!!!]
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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2008 05:01:40 AM »

I made it! My only problem was that my jelly didn't gel either, so I added some Fruit Pectin and that worked. But it does taste good!
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2008 06:49:49 PM »

Oh! So exciting! I am going to can apple pie filling this weekend and I was trying to figure out what to do with the peels.  What perfect timing!  Thanks again!
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2009 06:56:12 AM »

Thanks for this recipe. We made 31 jars of this with "waste" from two bushels of Gold Rush apples, last week. I noticed that someone (Keeperox) was talking about not getting to 220 degrees, and thought I might explain how this works.

Water boils at 212 degrees (at sea level--lower temp at higher elevations). Boiling water is exactly as hot as its boiling point; below that, it stops boiling; above that, it gives off very hot and energetic steam which maintains the temp at exactly boiling--no hotter. So water will NEVER rise to more than 212 degrees on the stovetop. (Read on)

But when you dissolve stuff (sugar, pectin, or anything else) in water, the boiling point of the *solution* rises, depending on the _concentration_ , say, ounces of sugar per quart, of the solution.  So maybe 2 cups of sugar in a quart of "juice" will raise its boiling point to 213 or 214. (Keep going)

If you added enough sugar to bring the boiling point to 220 (don't do this), you would have gritty sludge. But fortunately  Cool there is another way to raise the concentration, while making a nice, smooth jelly. (Guess what it is!)

As you continue to boil your very sweet juice (2 cups of sugar in a quart), part of the water boils away, as steam. So very gradually, the temperature rises, as the boiling point rises. As the steam is driven off, there is less water, but no less sugar, pectin, flavor, lemon juice, food coloring, cinnamon, etc. So the concentration is increasing and the boiling point increases, too.

When your jelly is done, the temperature of the jelly is 220, and the boiling point of the solution has risen to 220 degrees. Don't exceed that temperature or allow it to cook at that temperature for too long, or your jelly will get too stiff -- like gummy bears (it will still taste great).

With a quart of "juice", it might take an hour or more to get to the 220 degrees. Make a small enough batch that there is no possibility of boil-over in your pan. Let it cook by itself on medium heat. There is really no point in stirring it continuously. When your temperature gets to 218 (it will be there for quite a while) start checking it every five minutes. 218 is not 220; 219 is not 220. Be patient.

When you take the jelly off the heat, you need to get it into jars within 5-10 minutes, so it doesn't gel in the pan, too much.

If the jelly gets too stiff, you can add it to the next batch you make. You may have to add some water. If it's not stiff enough, you can put it back into the pan and boil it some more (keep looking for the 220).

The magic is that 220 degrees is the boiling point of the ideally concentrated solution that will become jelly as it cools.
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2009 04:26:35 AM »

That looks amazing i m,ay have to borrow my dads candy thermometer and try this i love jam  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2010 08:50:48 PM »

My mom is giving me a half bushel of apples sunday. I'm so glad I saw this! Thanks!
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2011 09:31:24 PM »

Thanks for this recipe. We made 31 jars of this with "waste" from two bushels of Gold Rush apples, last week. I noticed that someone (Keeperox) was talking about not getting to 220 degrees, and thought I might explain how this works.

Water boils at 212 degrees (at sea level--lower temp at higher elevations). Boiling water is exactly as hot as its boiling point; below that, it stops boiling; above that, it gives off very hot and energetic steam which maintains the temp at exactly boiling--no hotter. So water will NEVER rise to more than 212 degrees on the stovetop. (Read on)

But when you dissolve stuff (sugar, pectin, or anything else) in water, the boiling point of the *solution* rises, depending on the _concentration_ , say, ounces of sugar per quart, of the solution.  So maybe 2 cups of sugar in a quart of "juice" will raise its boiling point to 213 or 214. (Keep going)

If you added enough sugar to bring the boiling point to 220 (don't do this), you would have gritty sludge. But fortunately  Cool there is another way to raise the concentration, while making a nice, smooth jelly. (Guess what it is!)

As you continue to boil your very sweet juice (2 cups of sugar in a quart), part of the water boils away, as steam. So very gradually, the temperature rises, as the boiling point rises. As the steam is driven off, there is less water, but no less sugar, pectin, flavor, lemon juice, food coloring, cinnamon, etc. So the concentration is increasing and the boiling point increases, too.

When your jelly is done, the temperature of the jelly is 220, and the boiling point of the solution has risen to 220 degrees. Don't exceed that temperature or allow it to cook at that temperature for too long, or your jelly will get too stiff -- like gummy bears (it will still taste great).

With a quart of "juice", it might take an hour or more to get to the 220 degrees. Make a small enough batch that there is no possibility of boil-over in your pan. Let it cook by itself on medium heat. There is really no point in stirring it continuously. When your temperature gets to 218 (it will be there for quite a while) start checking it every five minutes. 218 is not 220; 219 is not 220. Be patient.

When you take the jelly off the heat, you need to get it into jars within 5-10 minutes, so it doesn't gel in the pan, too much.

If the jelly gets too stiff, you can add it to the next batch you make. You may have to add some water. If it's not stiff enough, you can put it back into the pan and boil it some more (keep looking for the 220).

The magic is that 220 degrees is the boiling point of the ideally concentrated solution that will become jelly as it cools.

thank you for this great explaination!!!! i get it now. just pealed and cored 16 c of apples, for pies. off to make jelly!


thanks for this great recipe  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2011 04:43:21 PM »

This is a great idea instead of throwing the skins you can make something out of it. This is a great share. The next time I make Apple pie jelly is coming too. Thank you. Wink
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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2011 06:53:09 PM »

i took my solution to 225* and it did not set up  Sad
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2011 07:37:18 AM »

Much of how an apple jelly or jam gels (without using powdered pectin) depends on how ripe the apples are. If they are overripe then they have lost a lot of their natural pectin and you probably need to add pectin.

If they are under ripe they have plenty of pectin.

Also I will say you want that boil to come up as fast as possible. It never takes me an hour  to get jelly to boil so that stumps me on the above post. An hour would be way too long as you would be way overcooking your jam or jelly. Once you get that hard boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down) time it for exactly 60 seconds.

If I have any doubt I do the freezer test to be sure its going to set. It is much easier to fix jam and jelly in the pan before you can it (and you dont waste all those lids and labels)

To make your own pectin you boil apple peels and cores, strain and then put the thick mixture in the fridge. You can use this to make any kind of jam or jelly in place of store bought pectin. But the apples cannot be over ripe!
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