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!

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August 25, 2021

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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.

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Whether you pack a picnic to enjoy while apple picking or want to be prepared for a mid-day break, having this outdoor blanket, which is waterproof and washable, will turn any patch of grass into a cozy place to sit back and eat a few apples.

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Whether you're sipping on hot apple cider or hot chocolate, it's never a bad idea to bring a to-go mug to keep your beverage of choice warm during your outing.

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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.

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Post-Picking Baking Essentials:


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.

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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.

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OXO makes ergonomically-friendly tools for the kitchen, and this corer is as simple and comfortable to use as possible. You can work through a batch of apples in minutes without sore hands at the end of your work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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