A Visit To Apple Fest

October 14, 2016

Nestled next to the Apostle Islands is Bayfield, Wisc., a quaint small town home to just under 500 people. But once a year during October, the population increases to 50,000 over the course of a three-day period for the annual Apple Fest. It’s a weekend of festivities that includes a farm market featuring local producers, more than 60 orchard and food booths selling Bayfield’s apples, apple delicacies, and festival-food favorites. Like any good Minnesota visitor, I picked up a plethora of different apple varieties with absolutely no clue what to do with them besides eat them on my way to work. Here are some ideas for what you can do with those leftover apples sitting in your fridge.

Apple Cider

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A classic. Also, an easy way to get rid of those apples that are beginning to wrinkle at the bottom of your fridge. Some recipes can get convoluted with multiple steps, but the most effective way is also the easiest:

  1. Place apples in a large pot and add enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 hour. Cover pot, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Strain apple mixture though a mesh sieve. Discard leftover solids. Drain cider again though a cheesecloth. Refrigerate until cold.

Apple Stamps

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I used to babysit my little sister and attempt to keep her occupied while my parents stepped out for a moment of peace and quiet. The easiest way was to find her an easy craft that required minimal effort. Enter the apple stamp. Simply cut out the desired shape on the apple, apply paint, and stamp away! Check out this easy tutorial.

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Having guests over for a holiday party or need a weekend craft for your kids? Make some mouths. Quarter and core a red apple; brush with lemon juice. Cut out a wedge from the skin side of each piece so it looks like a mouth. Fill with peanut butter, then insert sliced almonds for “teeth.”

Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy

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Photo: Jamie Chung

The adult version of apple cider. Bon Appétit has a simple recipe.

  1. Stir honey and water in a 2-cup measuring cup until honey dissolves. Add bourbon (or better yet, Apple Bourbon, in which case you’ll use 1 Tbsp. honey). Divide between 2 Toddy glasses. Twist a strip of lemon peel over each drink, then add to glass. Stir each with a cinnamon stick and serve.
  2. To make Apple Bourbon, combine a 750-ml bottle of bourbon, 4 cored, sliced Fuji apples, and 4 cinnamon sticks in a pitcher. Cover; chill for 3 days. Strain and sip of use in recipe above.