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How to Use Your Apple Picking Bounty

It's apple picking time! We've compiled an assortment of recipes to help you make the most of your bounty.

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If apple picking is among your favorite fall traditions, you know that a trip to the orchard often results in having more apples than you know what to do with. Reap the rewards of your harvest to the fullest with these apple recipes. From sweet to savory, we searched the web to find you a variety of fun, creative and versatile options to try, as well as a few standbys.

Preserve Your Apple Picking Supply 

Apples from the supermarket are all right, but they never taste as good as when they’re freshly picked from the tree. The good news is you can put that flavor into a jar and revisit it all year long. While apples are at their autumn best, cook up a big batch of applesauce or apple butter, then follow the instructions below to learn how to safely can and preserve it.

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Make your jarred apple goods now and serve on Thanksgiving. To give as gifts for the holidays, customize with labels and/or dress up by placing a square of patterned fabric over the lid and fasten with a ribbon or twine.

Drink Your Apples

Hot or cold, mulled or plain, apple cider is a seasonal staple. Here are a few more delicious and creative ways to drink cider this season other than straight from the glass. If you’re feeling a bit ambitious, you can even take a crack at making your own hard cider, which is easier than it sounds.

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Apples for Dinner (or Breakfast or Lunch)

From full meals to side dishes, sweeten up your next feast with everyone’s favorite fall flavor.

More Than Apple Pie

When it comes to desserts, apple pie is king. But because you probably already have a go-to apple pie recipe (even if it’s driving to the nearest grocery store or bakery to get one), we’ve provided an assortment of other apple indulgences. Deep-fried, cinnamon sugar-coated apple fries, anyone?

Did you plan on going apple picking this year? What’s your favorite apple recipe? Tell us in the comments below. 

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