Make the best of your ‘Apple Picking Day’

While it’s simple to gather your family and head to your local orchard, you can make a day of picking apples and cooking the fresh varieties. Take some of our ideas and make them you own to ensure you’re making the best of your apple picking day!

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Picnic provisions
Apple orchards are popular attractions for families, so farmers may have cider and pies available. But that can get pricey when you’re toting your kids and their cousins. Try packing a picnic basket instead, with a blanket, cutlery and plates. Also, bring bottled water and snacks to fuel everyone for the day ahead. While dishes can be apple-based, it’s good to offer treats that pair with apples as well. A simple yet delicious sandwich is goat cheese topped with cucumber in a soft bread. Lastly, bring along apple dippers like chocolate and caramel to eat with the fresh-picked fruit. Try these delicious inside out caramel slices from A Cup of Sugar…Pinch of Salt.

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After you’re done at the orchard, it’s time to head over to your house to clean and pack all the apples. Set up different stations for washing and drying the fruit. Then, divide the bounty among everyone to take home to enjoy. If you want to extend the party, create a few dishes. Here is one to get you started:

Applesauce
Applesauce is relatively easy to make, and goes a lot faster when you have tons of people helping. Take 3 to 4 pounds of apples and peel and quarter them. Put them in a large pot with four strips of lemon peel, a cinnamon stick, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar. Next, pour 1 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt over top and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Once done, remove the lemon peels and cinnamon stick, and take a potato masher to the apples. Then, ladle the applesauce into mason jars dressed in customized labels.

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applesauce_labelIf you’re looking for a something a little more advanced, try these Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples from Creme de la Crumb.

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Or if you’re more in the mood for an adult beverage, try this Apple Cider Sangria from How Sweet It Is. Consider personalizing your very own wooden stir sticks to dress up your cocktails!

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Check out the wide variety of customizable koozies, boxes and other favors to enjoy for your next party.

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