From homemade breads to scrumptious pies to decadent cakes, apples can be used to make hundreds of delicious recipes. This versatile fruit can also be used in savory, crowd-pleasing suppers like Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts and Apples, or Rosemary-Garlic Pork With Roasted Vegetables and Caramelized Apples. Though a favorite fall fruit, you can use apples year-round to make refreshing salad dressings, drinks, and side dishes. Try your hand at making your own applesauce too. This Southern staple is good on its own or when used to make creamy pies, sweet breakfast muffins, or other fruity sauces. And after you’ve made your spread of crowd-pleasing dishes, you’ll have an excess of leftover apple remnants. Don’t throw those apple cores away! You can make fresh apple juice, flavorful apple jelly, or apple cider vinegar. Here’s a simple way to use their sweet, crisp flavor. Our Test Kitchen Director, Robby Melvin, shares his favorite ways to use apple cores.
Apple cores have a ton of flavor, and you can use them to make a delicious vinegar that is perfect on salads. You can even mix it into cocktails. First, take your apple cores and put them in a mason jar. Next, pour white vinegar into a pot. Add salt and sugar, and bring the mixture to a boil. Pour it into the jar with the cores. Add a few sprigs of fresh time for an extra touch of flavor. Let the mixture cool completely, and cover it. It can store in your refrigerator for up to one month.
Don’t forget to save the peels too! Apple peels are packed with flavor and nutrients. You can throw them into a smoothie with orange juice, berries, and yogurt for a healthy, refreshing treat.