11 Apple-Picking Essentials To Get You Ready for Fall’s Best Activity
Apple picking season starts now — stock your kitchen with the right tools to make the most of your apple picking haul this year!
One of the best weekend activities during the fall is apple picking. It's a great activity for kids and adults of all ages, made even better when it's complete with hayrides, cider doughnuts and a jug of cider. If you're planning a trip to pick your own, there are a few items you'll want to bring with you to get the full experience. Once you've had a picnic, taken a few photos and, of course, picked your apples, chances are you'll come home with multiple pounds of fruit. That's where the next-best part comes in: baking.
You're going to need some specific kitchen tools to make batches of pie, doughnuts and cider at home. Luckily, we've created a comprehensive checklist for you. Consider this your complete toolkit to picking apples and post-pick baking. Just make sure to stock up before your trip. Chances are, you'll come home from your trip in a baking mood.
Apple Picking Essentials:
You're going to be picking a lot of apples, so many sure you're prepared with a bag to hold your haul and transport it back home. These reusable knit grocery bags are perfect for carrying produce, and you'll reach for them time and time again between grocery shopping and making trips to the farmers' market. Plus, they'll make your apples extra photogenic for all your apple picking pics.
Depending on where you're going apple picking, you might want to come prepared with your own gear for getting down those high-up but perfectly ripe apples. This harvest picker has a cushion to keep your produce from bruising, and it will make you look like a pro even if it's your first time.
Post-Picking Baking Essentials:
Apple picking is a seriously Instagrammable moment, so why not make your baking experience just as photo-worthy? Measure all your ingredients for baking in gorgeous copper cup and spoons. This set comes complete with five measuring spoons and four measuring cups for all your homemade pie dough needs.
If there was ever a time to break out that special, seasonal pan you keep in the back cabinet, this is it. Apple cakes are so delicious, but not necessarily the prettiest of goodies. Change the look of a plain-looking loaf by baking it in a pan with a beautiful design. Fair warning, it may come out too pretty to cut.
When you get a little overzealous with picking, chances are pretty good that you'll end up with a glut of apples that you need to use up quickly. Get yourself a slow cooker to cook your ripe apples down for homemade applesauce. (This one from All-Clad is our favorite, but we also like this Crock Pot model for a more budget-friendly option.)