One of the best ways to celebrate Fall is not with a Pumpkin Spice Latte, but by picking apples. Normally, I pick apples off a tree in my yard, but since the weather was so weird in the Northeast this summer, my apple tree was not fruitful. So I headed out to a local orchard last Saturday and picked about twenty pounds of Cortlands and Mutsu apples.
After you pick all your apples and bring them home, you will need to wash them. I clean mine by filling my sink with water and about a half a cup of vinegar, I allow the apples to soak for awhile and then rinse them a couple of times with just water. The majority of the apples I picked I use to make apple pie in a jar, that way the majority of the prep work for pies is done prior to Thanksgiving/Christmas. I just have to make a crust, add a jar of the pie filling and bake. With the rest of the apples I decided to make a couple of pies with a crumb topping and an apple crisp. I also saved quite a few for snacking and to make caramel apples for Halloween.