Here's What to Do With All Those Apples You Picked
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'Tis the season to go apple picking! While apple picking is great and all in the moment, what are you supposed to do with that bucket full of apples you have now? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Bake up a storm and make apple pie, apple sauce, and even apple nachos. When you've hit your limit on baked goods, use the apples to try out some unusual activities and crafts that will keep you busy all Fall long.
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
No matter your skill level in the kitchen, you can serve up some delicious apple chips. Don't believe it? Can you slice the apples into rounds? And sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar? If you've answered yes to both of those questions, you should have no problem making a big batch of these fruity chips. You can even let the littlest ones do all of the cinnamon and sugar work to let them get involved in the "cooking."
Classic Homemade Applesauce
Sure, buying applesauce at the store is convenient, but after making this homemade version, you're never going to want to settle for store-bought again. The best part about this recipe is that you can customize it to your liking. Want to make it full of fall spices? Add in ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Want to keep it tart? Leave out the sweetener. Love it chunky? Just mash it up and don't put it in the food processor. Since you'll have an abundance of apples, you might as well make a giant batch and separate it into small containers to freeze. It will last all winter long and will be a treat when you're tired of all the citrus fruit come January.
Homemade Apple Pie
You could snack on a regular apple after dinner and call it dessert — or you could bake that very same apple into a pie crust and with cinnamon and sugar and really have dessert. Any kind of apple will do for the filling of the pie, but if you picked any Jonahgold, Honeycrisp, or Crispin, use those, since they are best for baking. Pie not your thing? Go with a crisp, crumble, or even galette for a just-as-tasty treat.
Instead of cutting up your apples to put into a pie or cake, serve them up whole and show off your pick from the day with a baked apple. Baked apples are not only delicious but super easy to put together. So easy, in fact, that the kids can do most of the work themselves. The hardest part will be coring the apples, so you'll probably want an adult to help out with that. Once the apples are cored out, let the kids fill them up with butter, fall spices, brown sugar, and some oats. Pro tip: eat these fresh out of the oven and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can thank us later.
Not everything you make with apples has to stay on the sweet side. Apples actually work very well in many savory dishes and add a bit of unexpected flavor. Serve up some slices on a pizza, grill some up on your next grilled cheese, or toss them in some rosemary and roast them up with veggies and chicken. Your tastebuds will be in for a surprise.
Don't worry, there's no cheese involved in these nachos. Instead, these apple nachos are covered with loads of gooey caramel and chocolate. To make a batch of these dessert nachos, slice up apples super thin and lay them out on a sheet pan. Then top the slices with chocolate chips, pretzels, candy, or anything you'd like. Finish off the slices with some gooey caramel to give the sweet treat the nacho cheese effect. You can even pop the tray in the oven for few minutes to make everything super gooey. You'll probably want to have some extra napkins on standby for this one!
Edible Bubble Science Experiment With Apples
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Raise your hand if blowing bubbles is your favorite activity! If your hand is super high in the air, then you are going to want to try out this edible apple bubble science experiment. This at-home experiment is super easy to put together — all you'll need besides apples is a straw and some milk. The apple creates different surface tension in the milk to create a bubble explosion. Give it a try for yourself, and get ready to be lost in loads of bubbles!
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Most of the time, science experiments are worth the mess. Case in point: this apple volcano experiment. Unlike Mt. Vesuvius, this explosion will be very, very mild. So what happens when the vinegar and baking soda combine inside of the apple? A small chemical reaction between the two compounds causing them to fizz right to the top. Pro tip: the more baking soda you add, the bigger the outburst will be!
Apple Stamping Art
Forget the craft bin — for this project, your supplies will be right in the kitchen. Grab an apple and have an adult slice it in half. As they do that, pick out your favorite color paint and paper. With the apple ready to go, use it just like you would a rubber stamp. While you're at it, you might as well try this same technique out with other foods! Raid the fridge and see what else makes a perfect stamp.
Growing Apple Seeds
Want to make an apple orchard of your own? Give it a shot and see if you can grow your very own apple. As you enjoy one of your freshly picked apples, save the seeds from the core. When you've collected a few, rinse them off, place them on a damp paper towel, and seal them inside a plastic bag. Set the seeds down by a window sill, or tape them to the window so the sun will shine directly on them. All that's left to do is wait and see if your seeds will sprout. If your seeds start to root, move them over to a small pot filled with dirt and see if they can blossom into a full tree.
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