I saved all of my apple peels and cores from when I made applesauce. I just threw them in freezer bags and froze them. When I wanted to make apple juice, I thawed them in the fridge overnight and then I got a big pot and put in the peels and cores and filled it up halfway with water. I brought this to a boil and then simmered it for 30-45 minutes. I strained the apple peals a little at a time with my paper towel lined colander (and a bowl underneath that). I just let it strain for about 20 minutes or so. I then poured that liquid through a mesh strainer into a pitcher and refrigerated that overnight. You do not want to drink this juice. It is not sweet. (I used the instructions from here)
The next day, measure out 4 cups of your apple juice and then follow the recipe below:
Candy Apple Jelly
*Recipe from All Recipes
- 4 cups apple juice
- 1/2 cup red-hot candies
- 1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
- 4 1/2 cups sugar
Remove from the heat; skim off any foam and undissolved candies. Pour hot liquid into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water bath.
If you do not know how to water bath can then please see this tutorial.
I bought these Better Homes and Garden Jars from Wal-mart and they looked so pretty with the gingham red and white tops.
I realize this is not a healthy food. I made this to give away as Christmas gifts because it is so pretty. The color just reminds me of Christmas. I also made it because I did not want to waste the apple peels. The taste is pretty delicious too!
*If you do not have apple peels you could just use apple juice that you bought.