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7 kitchen gadgets that will turn your apples into fall’s best treats

Planning on apple picking this year?

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It’s that time of year again—the temperature is dipping and your Instagram feed is filled with friends and loose acquaintances at the apple orchard, picturesquely picking Galas, Honey Crisps and Pink Ladies.

Sure, there are plenty of helpful accessories to pack for the actual orchard outing—a sturdy tote bag to haul your harvest, a collapsible wagon if your bags are more like bushels and even a cool fruit harvester tool to get the high branches. But we’re more interested in the things you'll need when you get your harvest home.

Below, find seven of the top cooking tools and kitchen accessories to help you transform those heaps of apples into pies, crumbles, ciders and more.  

1. OXO Apple Slicer

A person slices green apples with a device.
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This gadget can slice and core apples simultaneously.

Do you really need another kitchen gadget that does one very specific task? If you’ve ever used OXO’s Good Grips apple slicer, the answer is yes. For the uninitiated, this circular, stainless steel tool with non-slip handles helps seamlessly core the apple while cutting the fruit into eight perfect slices. Perfect, too, for dipping in peanut butter or caramel, or for sprinkling with a little lemon juice and packing in school lunches. 

Get the OXO Good Grips Apple Slicer at Amazon for $10.95

2. Emile Henry Pie Dish

An assortment of pies sit on a dining table.
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Our favorite pie dish, the Emile Henry, baked beautiful pies in our testing.

The Emile Henry ceramic pie dish is the best pie dish we've tested for its ability to turn out a perfectly flaky crust, withstand high temps and stand up to the dishwasher and microwave. The 9-by-2-inch ceramic dish comes in a rainbow of pretty hues, and all would look lovely holding a classic apple pie. (Though the red might look the most festive.)

Get the Emile Henry Pie Dish at Amazon for $39.99

3. Great Jones Hot Dish

A sweet cobbler sits in a ceramic dish.
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The Hot Dish is perfect for sweet and savory dishes alike.

Dark brown sugar, rolled oats and sweet-tart apples combine for a quintessential fall dessert: the apple crumble. Elevate your version by using the Great Jones Hot Dish. With a mod design perfect for oven-to-table serving, this 9-by-12-inch casserole dish will be your go-to for all your crumble needs, but also for your roasted chickens, lasagna and so much more. 

Get the Great Jones Hot Dish for $75

4. Lodge Chef Collection Seasoned 12-inch Cast-iron Skillet  

Slabs of seasoned meat cook inside a cast-iron skillet.
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Lodge cast iron pans are well-made and affordable

With their endless versatility and durability, cast-iron skillets are undeniably kitchen MVPs. But if you don’t already have one, consider apple season a prime time to make the investment.

This hefty pan can handle everything from sautéed cinnamon apples to a deliciously tender apple-laden Dutch baby from roughly now until the end of time. The Lodge Chef Collection Seasoned 12-inch Cast-iron Skillet is the best cast-iron skillet we've tested because of its solid non-stick properties, comfortable handle and affordability. 

Get the Lodge Chef Collection Seasoned 12-inch Cast-iron Skillet at Williams Sonoma for $39.95

5. Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 Baby Food Maker

Carrots are blended into baby food with the use of a tabletop machine.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 produces great baby food from start to finish.

As Diane Keaton charmingly demonstrated in the ‘80s classic flick "Baby Boom," homemade apple sauce is a simple delicacy. If you have an infant, the Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 (our pick for the best baby food maker) is an easy, all-in-one device for turning out smooth and healthy purees, including applesauce made from whatever apple varieties you find on the farm.

If you're feeling spicy, add a sprinkle of cinnamon for older babies. And there’s nothing stopping you from whipping up fresh applesauce long after your babies have moved on to solid foods. 

Get the Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 Baby Food Maker at Amazon for $154.99

6. Ateco Donut Cutter

Apple cider doughnuts sit on a drying rack.
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Apple cider doughnuts are quintessentially fall and easy to make at home.

Perhaps it’s the fleeting, catch-them-once-a-year nature of apple cider doughnuts that make them special, or perhaps it’s because they’re utterly delicious. Either way, go the extra mile to make a batch this year—and if you’re really starting from scratch, consider juicing fresh apples for the cider in in a fancy apple press.

The Ateco stainless steel donut cutter makes slicing through the dough a breeze, and leaves you with a beautifully uniform batch fall favorite doughnuts. 

Get Ateco Stainless Steel Doughnut Cutter at Amazon for $6.99

7. Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan

A person mixes batter in a cake pan.
Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

This bundt cake pan is pricey but it'll surely last a lifetime.

Nothing says cozy Sundays quite like hot tea or freshly brewed coffee and made-from-scratch Bundt cake, and adding apples to the mix makes it a quintessentially fall affair. The best bundt cake pan we've tested is the 10-inch Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt pan for features like its sturdy, cast-aluminum build and non-stick, easy-to-release design. The pan’s beautiful, sculptural shape is an added bonus. 

Get the Nordic Ware Heritage Bundt Pan at Williams Sonoma for $39.95

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