15 Surprising Ways to Use Apples

How ‘Bout Them Apples

Nothing says autumn like a trip to the apple orchard. But if you find yourself picking more than you know what to do with, don't fret: There are countless ways to enjoy fall's favorite fruit besides simply eating them whole or baking them into pies. And it's a good thing, since many folks already have a head start on the apple-picking season. Kurt Alstede, owner of Alstede Farms in Chester, N.J., says interest in his pick-your-own orchards has been high this September. “We were much busier this past weekend than we expected, probably due to cooler temperatures in the Northeast last week,” he says. “I think people are getting really excited about the start of fall." In order to find surprising ways to use apples, MainStreet spoke with a variety of people from all walks of life, from savvy shoppers to health, beauty and decorating pros. Here are 15 innovative ideas to make the most of your bounty. Photo Credit: joyosity