ApPEELing Ways to Prepare Your Fall Bounty

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The end of summer is fast approaching, but the u-pick adventures aren’t over yet. Apple orchards will begin harvesting their crops, and people will flock for a chance to play farmer for an afternoon. What to do with all those baskets full of apples? First, it helps to know what you are working with. Some are better for baking, and some are better for sauces. Whatever variety you fill your bucket with, we have some great recipes to help you show off your haul. 

Apple Uses GraphicWinesap apples, as their name suggests, have a wine-like flavor and aroma with a unique sweet/sour contrast. If you are looking to make a cider, Winesap won’t let you down. Give them a try in this easy slow-cooker apple cider recipe. Have a total cider mill experience in your own kitchen by using some of your slow cooked reward to make your own apple cider doughnuts. How could this not impress your friends?

Hot Apple Cider

Going for a scenic drive and taking in the colors is a fall favorite activity. Even a short road trip isn’t a road trip without proper snacks. Caramel Apple Crisp Bars are the portable snack you need to stay in the fall mood. A tart apple, like Granny Smith, and caramel are a match made in heaven. So, bake up a batch, hit the road, and enjoy the view.

If you are looking for some fresh eating, look no further than Gala. They are sweet, crisp, and delicious. There are plenty of tasty fresh eating ideas, like this fun twist on fall classic, Maple Caramel Apples or White Chocolate Apple Pie Slices. These will likely be eaten up quickly, so don’t forget to grab one for yourself!

There are so many great uses for apple sauce that it would be silly to pass up the opportunity. So, pick your favorite sauce apples, break out your heavy-bottomed pan, and simmer your way to some delicious Cinnamon Apple Sauce. In about 90 minutes, your homemade apple sauce can be a tasty pancake topping, flavorful fat replacement, or a homemade treat that can be enjoyed by itself.


Take your harvest to the tailgate with Hot Apple Pie Dip! Cream cheese sweetened with cinnamon brown sugar is given a boost with LorAnn’s Apple Pie flavoring. Topped with chopped pecans and apples, and served warm, this is sure to be the highlight of the game!

Your U-Pick haul can be used in a number of ways, and the adaptability of apples allow them to be combined with a myriad of flavors. So get creative with your favorite fall apple recipes, and include flavors like bourbon, fennel, peanuts, pumpkin, ginger, or honey. And most importantly, don’t forget to share your creations in the comments below!


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