The 7 Kitchen Tools You Absolutely Need for Apple Picking
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 jug of cider. If you're planning a trip to pick your own, there's a good chance you'll get a bit overzealous in the orchard and come home with mutiple pounds of apples. 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 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.
First things first, you'll need some pie dishes — yes, multiple. Like we said, you'll have plenty of pounds of apples to make a couple of pies here. We opt for glass pie dishes so you can keep an eye on the crust. No one wants a burnt bottom.
This apple peeler and corer is just like the type that your grandmother may have used. When something works well, why change it? You can cut down your apple prep time by several orders of magnitude with a machine made for the job.
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.
One of the best parts of going to an orchard to pick apples is the high likelihood that there will be fresh-baked apple cider donuts to give you your energy back after all that work. Replicate the experience at home by using a silicone pan for making your own apple donuts.
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.)