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Zero-Waste Apple Pie

Author: Apeel Team

With a golden brown crust and flavorful apple filling, this apple pie made with Apeel Apples is definitely cause for celebration. But there’s just one problem — all those leftover peels and cores.

Globally, 1/3 of all food produced is lost or wasted (FAO 2011), and in the United States, most of the waste in the food system happens in our homes (reFED). We’re here to help you take the small steps that matter.

Here is our favorite apple pie recipe, along with how to use the leftover peels and cores to make a delicious treat and refreshing face mask. 

Apeel Apple Pie

Fresh, juicy Apeel Apples meet a flaky, golden brown crust in a delicious pie perfect for every season. 



For the Crust

2¾ cup all purpose flour

¼ cup sugar 

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp baking powder 

14 tbsp unsalted butter (cold), sectioned into 1" pieces 

1/4 cup vegetable shortening (cold), cut into fourths 

7 tbsp very cold water

For the Filling

3.5 lbs Apeel Apples peeled, sliced into 1/4", and cored (don't throw away the peels and cores!)

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tbsp lemon juice

6 tbsp dark brown sugar, packed 

1/3 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon 

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

2 tbsp cornstarch

For Baking

1 egg (can substitute cream, milk, or plant-based milk)

2 tbsp sugar
  1. Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a food processor, pulse a few times to mix
  2. Add butter and shortening and pulse until mixture is crumbly with peanut-sized clumps
  3. Add water and pulse until mixture is evenly moistened and very crumbly
  4. Transfer dough to a work surface and divide into two piles, making sure that one pile is around 15% bigger than the other
  5. Form each pile into balls and flatten into 5" discs
  6. Wrap discs in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for around an hour
  7. Dust your work surface lightly with flour and place larger disc of dough on top
  8. Sprinkle flour over the dough to avoid sticking, and use hands to knead the dough just until the dough is malleable enough to roll out
  9. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 13" circle, making sure to add more flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to your work surface
  10. Carefully drape rolled out dough over a rolling pin and gently fit into a 9" deep-dish pie pan
  11. Trim edges to ½" beyond the lip of the pie pan and turn edges under to create a rim
  12. Place crust in the freezer for at least 15 minutes
  13. Meanwhile, combine apples, lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl
  14. Toss until apples are evenly coated and sugar is dissolved
  15. Let sit for at least 30 minutes
  16. Preheat oven to 400°F
  17. Drain the apples, saving the juice in a microwave-safe bowl
  18. Microwave juice until syrup is reduced by 50% (around 4 minutes)
  19. Pour syrup back into the apple mixture and add flour and cornstarch, tossing to combine
  20. Add filling to chilled pie pan with the bottom crust and spread evenly
  21. Take the other piece of dough out of the fridge, knead, and roll into 11-inch circle
  22. Slice into 11 1"wide strips
  23. Arrange 6 strips across pie
  24. Form lattice by placing remaining 5 strips diagonally across first strips, gently pressing ends into the crust edges
  25. Brush lattice with beaten egg and sprinkle lightly with additional sugar
  26. Bake pie for 10 minutes, then reduce temperature to 375°F
  27. Continue baking until juices are thick and bubbling and crust is golden-brown, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly (around 1 hour 20 minutes)
  28. Cool on rack for at least 1 hour

Slice, serve, and enjoy. 


Cinnamon Sugar Apple Chips

In a few easy steps, turn your apple peels into crispy, flavorful apple chips.

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Peels of 8 apples

1 tbsp melted butter or coconut oil

2 tsp granulated sugar

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Toss apple peels (roughly ½” wide) with melted butter/coconut oil and a pinch of salt until lightly coated
  3. Combine cinnamon and granulated sugar in a separate bowl and toss half with the peels
  4. Spread peels in an even layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet
  5. Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges are browned
  6. Allow roasted peels to cool for a few minutes, then toss with remaining cinnamon sugar
  7. Dig in!

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2-Ingredient Apple Face Mask

Transform your apple cores into a great-smelling mask that tightens and brightens your skin.

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Apple cores



  1. Remove seeds and purée apple cores
  2. Combine with a touch of honey

Apply evenly onto face, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

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