It’s apple season! Or at least I thought it was apple season. Wisconsin’s subpar summer has put the apple season a wee bit behind schedule, so I’ve been trying very hard to be patient. I’ve tried distracting myself with other fruits and veggies. (You know, fed my pumpkin obsession and what not.) But last week, I simply could not wait any longer. Whether Wisconsin was ready or not, I was. So, when I was at the grocery store, I did it. I looked at all the bins of apples-the big, juicy ones from Washington state, and the puny little ones from Wisconsin. I recognized a local orchard, and bought local. (Because I know it’s the right thing to do!)
I could not get home fast enough; I was so excited to make some caramel (vegan of course..and not really caramel..but absolutely delicious nonetheless…recipe to follow in a few days) to dip my apples into! After unloading, and putting away all of the groceries, it was time. I made the caramel, and quickly cut up a couple of apples, arranged them on a plate and drizzled them with caramel, peanut butter, and carob chips. And all I can say is thank goodness for the “caramel, peanut butter and carob chips. Meh….blah…sooooo disappointed!
So now, I had a fruit drawer filled with soft, tiny, tasteless apples! How was I ever going to get rid of them? Then it hit me! I would juice those babies with some carrots! And then it hit me again! My juicer broke last spring. Then I realized I had a 30% off coupon for Kohl’s! Plus $20 Kohl’s cash! Dang…what a ride! Off to Kohl’s we went! And we came home with this sweet thing:
Two hours later, while my husband was happily juicing away (he likes new kitchen gadgets almost as much as I do), I became inspired yet again! I’d make some apple chia jam! How hard could it be? I’d just substitute apples for berries! And then I got even more excited! I’d use my freshly pressed apple juice for the liquid!
My apologies little red Wisconsin apples for not realizing your full potential…because what you became is simply out of this world delicious!
Apple Chia Seed Jam
4 c. peeled and cored apples (cut into bite size chunks)
2 T. chia seeds
1 t. cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt
1/2 c. – 1 c. apple juice (more or less depending on the juiciness of your apples)
Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally until apples are tender and the jam has reached the right amount of “thickness”.
I love it when I can turn my food disappointment into something this good!