Stop throwing out your apple peels and instead make a healthy, delicious, and super pretty apple tea instead! It smells like fall and will help keep you healthy all season long!
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Ah, fall. The most glorious season of all…(if you don’t agree, you can just get outta here). The smell of baking cinnamon and pumpkin fill our kitchens, the air is crisp and full of a slight tingly of magic and all the bugs have finally returned to hell.
I don’t know about you, but I never feel as alive as I do in fall. (Which is weird because fall is when literally everything is dying).
And with all the flavors of fall getting baked in the kitchen, we’ve got to talk about the elephant in the room.
Food waste. Baking all of our pies and cookies can cause quite a bit of waste and if you’ve been reading The Fulfillment Pill for a while now, you’ll know that nothing grinds my gears than wasted food.
So today, I’m bringing you a tasty food waste solution: What to do with apple peels.
Let’s hear your thoughts! Let us know down in the comments below your opinions on food waste!
Apple Tea is SO Good for You!
Apart for tasty and looking beautiful, apple tea is actually very beneficial to your health.
Apple peels are exceptionally high in vitamin K, vitamin C and antioxidants. They also contain a lot of triterpenoids which have anti-cancer properties. Without using those apple peels you are just throwing out health and beauty. What a waste!
But most importantly….apple tea smells delicious. And as we all know…or at least anyone who has ever used essential oils, scented candles, or whatever, sometimes there’s nothing better for your soul’s health that an amazing aroma.
And besides the apple peels, the other ingredients have health benefits too. Cinnamon sticks contain anti inflammatory properties and helps strengthen your immune system. It also can lower blood sugar and is also stuffed full of antioxidants.
Plus, cinnamon just tastes great.
Clean your apples thoroughly first!
Commercially produced apples need to be thoroughly cleaned before you eat the peels. Most have a thin layer of wax on them to keep them fresh even longer.
But of course, that wax isn’t great to turn into tea. So before peeling your apples, I suggest cleaning them.
(Ps even if you aren’t making tea, save your peels! There’s so many things you can do with leftover apple peels. Here’s a bunch of other examples)!
To clean that film of wax off, I normally fill half the sink with hot water and add a couple drops of Dawn dish soap. Then I swish the apples around the in the sink a few turns. Dry them with a clean dish towel and you’re ready to peel!
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Making Apple Tea
I know health gurus are all about that hot lemon water in the morning. (Honestly I don’t know why but a hot drink does tend to hydrate you best in the mornings which is why I like it).
But some apple tea is just as good.
After you make some fresh apple pie filling or another glorious apple recipe, save those peels. Let them simmer for 7-10 minutes on the stove and then strain the tea into your mug with one of these mesh strainers.
The result is a pretty pink drink that smells of apple cinnamon.
Now I’m going to be real, the flavor is sometime subtle. But subtle or not it’s super refreshing. Add a teaspoon of honey and sip away as you watch the autumn leaves fall.
My fiance prefers this tea iced so normally I’ll add a few ice cubes after brewing before he enjoys his.
So in other words, this drink is bomb hot or cold!
*Once you’ve made the tea, compost the remnants of the peels or add them to your morning smoothie for some extra fiber!
Apple Tea Recipe
- 7 red apples cleaned and peeled
- 1 cinnamon stick
- dash of allspice
- 3 cups water
- In a medium pot toss in the apple peels and water. Add the allspice and cinnamon and allow to simmer for 7-10 minutes.
- Pour into a mug. (optionally you can add some lemon juice or honey for added health benefits)
- Strain the drink into a mug. Compost the remenants of the peels or add themto a breakfast smoothie for extra fiber
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While your apple pies are baking you deserve to kick back and relax a bit. But don’t worry, enjoying this cup of tea is actually very productive. You are being healthy by getting important nutrients from otherwise wasted food and saving the planet by being more conscious of your food waste. Fortifying your immune system with antioxidants and being a super hero? If that’s not productivity, I don’t know what is.
And if you’re wanting to be extra productive why not take a photo of your very healthy, aesthetically pleasing low waste tea and post it on Instagram? And then make sure to tag me (@handheld_eats)! I love seeing you creations and now you have some beautiful fall content!
Of course, check out all of our other fall recipes as well to keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
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See you soon, friends!