If you’ve ever wondered if there was something delicious to do with that pile of apple peels left over after you make a pie, Chowhounds have plenty of ideas to share.

“I placed the peels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, sprinkled them with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, and baked them as low as my oven would go for a couple hours,” says Jo Ellen. “I left them curly and just mixed them around halfway through. They came out looking like curly skinny fries and tasted wonderful.” Others dry the peels in a dehydrator or fry them. They’re a fiber-packed snack or topping for ice cream, frozen yogurt, or oatmeal, says Emme.

Apple peels are very high in pectin, so they make great jelly. Simmer the peels (and cores if you have them) with a bit of water for half an hour, let the mixture sit off the heat for another half hour, then strain the liquid and use in your jelly recipe, says chowmel. You can flavor apple jelly with cinnamon, or “try herbs, like thyme, sage, or rosemary to go with roasted meats and sandwiches,” suggests nemo.

Homemade vinegar can be made from nothing more than apple peels and water. Get the details here.

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