Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hot Pepper Jelly

Today I made a batch of Hot Pepper Jelly. It is so yummy eaten with cream cheese and crackers or served with roast meats for  a touch of heat. It is super easy to make and if you have a prolific jalapeno pepper plant like I do it helps to use them up.
You'll need:

4 cups finely chopped red bell peppers
1 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
5-1/3 cups apple cider vinegar
8-1/2 cups sugar (yes, that says 8-1/2 CUPS)
2-1/2 Tablespoons pectin powder (I use Pomona's Universal Pectin)
2 teaspoons calcium water (the calcium powder comes with the pectin)
This makes about 12 half-pint jars

Sterilize the jars and pour boiling water over the lids and jar rings. These should be hot when you are ready to pour your jelly mixture into them.  Put a small plate into the freezer for testing the jell later.

Mix the chopped peppers and jalapenos in a large stock pot with the vinegar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Mix the pectin with 1/2 cup of sugar. Then mix this into the rest of the sugar. Add sugar to simmering pepper mixture. Add calcium water and return to boil. Test a small spoon full on the frozen plate. It should be of jelly consistency as it cools on the plate. If it is not add a little more pectin powder mixed with sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of powder to 1/4 cup of sugar, to the mix, as needed.
Remove the pan from the heat and set the hot jars on a towel. Ladle the hot jelly into the hot jars. Put lids on and screw on the rings.

Place jars into a canning rack and place in a water bath, cover the pot. Bring to boil and boil for 15 minutes.
Carefully remove jars to a towel lined counter. Allow to cool for 24 hours. Make sure you hear a "pop" which means the lids are sealed. If you press on the lid and it moves up and down, remove the seals and rings and reprocess again.
Today was my birthday and I had a wonderfully relaxing day doing all the things I like to do. Since we celebrated with family last weekend, today was a fun day of gardening, canning and sewing.
I have lots of sewing to report...until the next time.


Linda Coleman said...

Glad you had a lovely birthday Diane.

Shelley said...

Yum! I'll be canning up more jam today as well, but I'll be pickling my jalapeño peppers for the first time. Happy birthday to you!

Geri said...

Yum-meeeee! Great pics too!