What’s not to love about an orchard-fresh apple on a crisp autumn day? For many people, it’s the core, which often finds itself on the fast track to the trash. But did you know that you can use apple cores to make apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and much more?
Before you start cooking with cores, you may want to get the apple seeds out of the way. Accidentally biting into or swallowing a seed isn’t the most pleasant experience. But on top of that, apple seeds contain a compound that can release cyanide when it encounters enzymes in our bodies. If you unintentionally swallow a seed here and there, you have nothing to worry about. To consume a lethal amount of cyanide, you would have to ingest about 200 apple seeds from 20 cores. Furthermore, you would have to carefully chew each of these seeds in order to break through the seed’s casing and release the compound. So while it’s extremely unlikely that ingesting stray apple seeds will do you any harm, it’s easy enough to remove them if it makes you feel more at ease. Just cut the core in half and use a knife to slide them out.
Before you can tackle one of these recipes, you’re going to need build up a reserve of cores. You can use your freezer to preserve cores while you grow your collection. As soon as you gather enough cores and remove the seeds, you’re ready to get cooking!
Move over, Mott’s. All you’ll need to make your own juice is a pot, some jars to store the juice, and two or three ingredients: cores, water, and (if you so choose) sugar. You’ll bring the cores and water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for half an hour. Finally, toss what remains of the cores and use a coffee filter to catch any sediment before storing (or drinking)! Get the recipe.
The recipe for apple jelly isn’t all that different from the one for juice, except that sugar is a must, and you’ll need some lemon juice as well. You can also use the peels in this recipe! Get the recipe.
Apple cider vinegar is known as an age-old remedy for all manner of health issues from sore throats to blood sugar to dandruff and more. To make your own, you’ll once again need apple cores, sugar, and water. The key difference in making vinegar is that it isn’t a one-day task: The ingredients will need to spend about two weeks fermenting. Get the recipe.
Agrodolce is an Italian sweet and sour sauce that can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes from meats to greens. This recipe calls for 10 cores to make one cup of sauce. Get the recipe.
For this recipe, you will need: a few pounds of apple cores, 5 to 12 months, and an adventurous spirit. Once you’ve assembled all of those ingredients (plus sugar, yeast, and a large glass container), you’re ready to try your hand at homemade apple core wine! Get the recipe.
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