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Apple Scrap Jelly

Apple Scrap Jelly

Waste not, want not! Save those cores and peels from fall apple pie-making and create a delicious jelly that’s easy to make, and tasty on a peanut butter sandwich, or spread on warm toast with butter.

Apple Scrap Jelly


Apple peels and cores from about 20 apples, any variety
6 cups water
6 tablespoons pectin
9 cups white sugar

Add peels and cores to a 5-quart stockpot. Add the water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

Strain juice using cheesecloth or a jelly bag into a large bowl or container. You should get about 5 cups of juice, which will be a nice shade of pink if you used red apples.

Let the juice sit overnight to allow sediment to settle to the bottom.

Next, add the strained juice to a stockpot (be sure not to add the sediment!), and gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a rolling boil for one minute. Add the sugar and return to a rolling boil, then allow to boil hard for 1 minute.

Skim foam off the top and ladle the jelly in hot, sterile, ½ pint jelly jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Once the jars are filled, use a clean, damp rag and wipe the rims. Inspect the jars for any nicks or cracks (dispose of any that are cracked).

Next, put the lids on and tighten down the rings. Carefully transfer jars to a water bath canner and process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and allow to cool completely on the counter. Next, check for seals. If one didn’t seal properly, simply use the jelly right away and store in the fridge.

You can now label your jars of jelly—give them as gifts to friends and family!

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  • Kate says:

    I’ve made apple scrap jelly in the past and didn’t add any pectin. Six tablespoons feels like a lot.

  • Kim says:

    With 9 cups of sugar, I think you could even make ‘Dirt Jelly’ taste good!
    I’ll pass.

  • Audrey Obach says:

    I would only use organic apples or my Moms apples if I was to do this recipe. There’s sprays on anything else☹️

  • Kay Golemon says:

    Years ago, my Grandmother used to make watermelon rind jelly every summer. Could I use this Apple Scrap Jelly recipe substituting watermelon rind for the apple peel and core to make my own watermelon jelly?

  • Holly says:

    I love this. Keep bringing the ideas to make use of things that would otherwise get tossed!

  • ravensnow says:

    I think of all the cores and peels I threw out after making apple pies. Well, when I had chickens they got it and the crows and gulls do now.

  • Lillie Jefferson says:

    I have always love the tidbits of knowledge the farmers almanac offers and now through it I’ve finally learned about making jelly and a thorough knowledge of the super moon. Thank you.

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