This month, I was matched up with Chelsy at Mangia.
Chelsy has a lot of healthy recipes to choose from with quite a few meatless options to try. I also really like that she has some Paleo options. My husband and I do CrossFit and the Paleo diet is a great partner to get your body in top form! I admittedly struggle with the diet part because I do love me some carbs! I will definitely be back to try more of her Paleo recipes in the future.
Even though the weather has been well over 100 degrees the past week, my mind has already moved on to Fall weather.. Labor Day marks the season opening for nearby Oak Glen apple orchards. This is a great area that has at least 8 different apple orchards to visit. They have good down-home cooking at the local restaurants and a lot of weekend events. But as with everything in Southern California, it is beyond packed on the weekends. I mean "not a parking spot to be found for miles" packed! So I headed there during the week to pick up the ingredients for Chelsy's Overnight Homemade Apple Butter.
Here are some pictures of our trip to Oak Glen!
Found some Jonagolds.....let's get cooking!
Overnight Apple Butter
7 Jonagold apples (Chelsy used Pink Ladies)
2 1/2 cups apple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 TB. Mexican Vanilla (I had to grab some at the local Mexican food store, but I am sure any good quality vanilla would work!)
Core and slice all of the apples. Use an apple slicer to make this step easier!
Add the sliced apples to your crockpot
In a mixing bowl, combine all of the remaining ingredients - apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla.
Note: I am a HUGE fan of the crockpot liners that keep your crockpot clean. If you use one for this recipe, just combine all of the ingredients in a bowl before dumping into the crockpot.
Turn the crockpot on low for 12 to 14 hours - I split the difference and went with 13 hours
Turn the crockpot off and let the mixture cool.
Pick out the remaining apple skins and discard. You can see how easy it is to spot the skins in the picture below! The skin will peel off super easy after it has been cooked, just be sure to toss the skins....we don't want that in our finished product!
Transfer the remaining mixture into a food processor or blender and puree.
Pour the apple butter puree into individual canning jars.
How cute would this be packaged as gifts in the short canning jars? Just add a cute label and a fun ribbon!
Thanks for the great recipe Chelsy!