Sunday, July 29, 2012
Hot Pepper Jelly
We've had an abundance of peppers so far this year so I've been trying all sorts of "new to me" recipes. I've heard about hot pepper jelly for some time now but had never tried any. I figured it was about time I did. And man am I glad I did! That's some good stuff! It doesn't hurt that it's really easy to do too. You can make it as hot or mild as you want. I love it because you can just toss the peppers in the blender or food processor in big pieces with the vinegar and let the machine do the work!
Hot Pepper Jelly
About a cup of hot peppers
1 Big bell pepper
1 1/2 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of sugar
2 packets of liquid pectin (6 oz)
Chop the peppers in the blender or food processor with one cup of vinegar until its smooth. Pour it into a big pot. Add sugar and vinegar and mix well. Bring the mixture up to a rolling boil and boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Here's where you can remove it from the heat and strain thru a sieve if you want. I skipped this because I wanted the pieces in the jelly. Don't forget to heat your lids too.
Add your pectin, stirring constantly and let boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and skim foam if you need to. Ladle jelly into your jars leaving 1/4" head space. Clean the rim and threads of the jar with a damp towel. Put on your lids and rings.
Place the jars into boiling water in a large boiler with a rack on the bottom and cover 1-2 inches. Boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the jars stand for 5 minutes. Remove the jars to a towel or a rack to cool.
See there.... I told you it was easy! Did I mention it's awfully good with cream cheese and crackers??? Yummy!!!!