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Pick Apples Like a Pro

Apple picking is one of those fall events that both the kids and adults can get on board with. It is always a blast to head out into the fields and pick baskets full of sweet apples to bring home and enjoy. And, let’s be honest, it is always fun to enjoy a lot of the apples while you are picking, too! To get you prepared for your apple picking journey, here are a few apple picking tips to get you started:

Containers: For young children bring a small bucket or backpack that will hold two or three apples maximum. This way they can feel they are doing their part without getting overwhelmed carrying heavy containers. For larger loads the adults can carry consider using a large bucket tote or a wagon to carry the harvest.

Footwear: Apple orchards are usually damp and the grass is covered with mushy apples. Rain boots or waterproof shoes are usually the most comfortable in these conditions. Plan accordingly so you don’t find yourself slipping on mushy apples and getting cider on your socks!

Picking Technique: To properly pick an apple you gently twist the fruit and pull only slightly. The fruit should pop right off into your hand. Don’t pull the branch too aggressively or it might damage the fruit bud for next year.

Apple Care: Apples bruise easily so don’t jostle them too much when you get them home. Store them in a cool, dry place in your basement or pantry. They can even stay ripe in the fridge. The rule of thumb is that it is best to use them up within two weeks of harvest.

Cooking: Since apples have a long shelf life it is okay to take some time planning how you want to use them. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Slow-Cooker Applesauce

Surprise-Inside Apple Streusel Loaf

Apple Ginger Crumble

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Apple Pie Filling in a Jar

Apple Snack Muffins for School

Images via The Naptime Chef

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