Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be raised in a household with homemade food. My mother is an amazing baker/cook and often made apple pie with apples picked directly from the orchard. She also had a creative way of using the apple cores and peels: to make homemade apple juice. Store-bought apple juice is tasty, but it has a strong, distinct flavor with almost a hint of bitterness. To those with sensitive palates, it can be a little strong at times. Homemade juice, however, tastes surprisingly different as it is lighter and pleasantly sweet without the kick. Besides using a juicer, here is a super-easy way of making apple juice:
Homemade Apple Juice
Yields approximately 2 cups
Cores and peels of 3 red apples
5 cups water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Place apple cores and peels in a medium-size saucepan and add water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain juice, discarding solid pieces. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool before drinking.