apples

The Apple (Orchards) of Our Eye

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: apple picking time! There are few things we love more than spending a brisk fall weekend roaming through row after row of fragrant apple trees and stealing bites of tart, crisp, juicy, fresh apples. But besides the fresh produce, we love a good apple orchard with other things to offer, such as hay rides, Halloween specials and, oh yeah, FOOD! So whether you’re living on the east coast or west, or somewhere in the middle, there’s an apple orchard for all your fall fixes. Here are some of our favorites:

 

Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, LaFayette, NY

 

Photo courtesy of Beak & Skiff

 
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Technique Tuesday: DIY Caramel Apples

If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty much obsessed with fall ingredients: squash, cinnamon, Brussels sprouts and, duh, apples! We compared the prep time and price differences between store-bought and homemade apples, and for just 99 cents each, you’re going to get a high quality, flavorful homemade caramel apple in about 20 minutes. Just follow these three simple steps:

 

 1. Wash and dry 4 apples. Insert a wood ice pop stick, skewer or chopstick into the stem end of each.

2. In a microwaveable bowl, combine 14 oz. (1 bag) soft caramel candies with 2 tbsp. water. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, stirring often, until melted.

3. Dip apples into the caramel to coat; transfer to a greased, wax paper-lined baking sheet or liners. Chill for 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Makes

Test Kitchen Tip: To offset the sweet caramel coating, pick tart varieties like Granny Smiths or Macouns. Enjoy!

 

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