Recently I dehydrated about 20 pounds of apples. I peel and core my apples before dehydrating them so that made for a lot peels and cores. They would never go to waste because we have the goats and chickens that love to have them as a treat but I just couldn't help thinking there had to be a way to use them to make a tastey treat that we could eat. Especially since much of the vitamins are in the peels and core of the apple. I decided to start experimenting and this is a tastey little treat that I came up with. Yes, it uses the entire peel and core, seeds and all. If you like you can remove the seeds but I leave them in.
So let's get started on this wonderfully sweet treat that will have your family begging for more.
Here's what you will need -
An apple peeler or a good paring knife
A pot big enough to hold the amount of apples and peels that you have
A blender or food processor
Paraflexx sheets or parchment paper
honey - optional
1. Take all your peels and cores from the apples you just used and place them in a pot large enough to hold them all. It will depend on how many apples you were working with that day. (Do not put the stems in. They do not cook down and make for roughage that is not real tastey)
2. Add just enough water to keep the bottom of your pot moist at all time. I usually try to keep about an inch in the bottom of the pot and as it cooks down add more. (you do not want the bottome of your pot to get dry because the peels and cores will stick and possibly burn to the bottom of the pan)
*******Add the honey at this point if you like
3. Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce heat to a simmer. If you cover the pot they will cook faster but keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
4. Once your peels and cores are soft (the cores will fall apart) remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
5. Pour the peels into the blender and puree until it has the consistency of apple sauce. (it may be thicker then store bought apple sauce and that's fine you just want it speadable.)
6. You may see little flecks of seed or peel but don't worry about it.
7. Spread the pureed apple mix out on your paraflexx as thinly as you can get it. Make sure the edges are a little thicker then the inside since the outside edges will dry faster.
8. dehydrate on 125 degrees for about 4 - 6 hours. Time will vary depending on how thick the spread is, the weather, and your dehydrator.
9. About midway through the drying period check to see if the puree has dried enough to pull away from the paraflexx. It will still be tacky but if it will pull away without tearing then it is time to remove the paraflexx and flip the now partially dried fruit treat.
10. Place the fruit treat directly on the drying tray with the dry side down and the moist side up.
11. Continue to dry until they are completely dry with no tacky areas.
You can then roll them up as they are or cut them into squares for handy little treats. Watch out though I found myself snacking on them so much though the day I ate a jar in no time.