Friday, November 6, 2009

Christmas Pepper Jelly

Thanks to the mass marketing commercials, advertisements and decorations that have been bombarding us the past several weeks, there's no surprise that the Christmas season is fast approaching & gift giving is on everyones minds. Although we had already done our Christmas shopping months ago, we still have a few things that we are going to make to add to it. I just love homemade gifts. So today I took a few minutes to whip up a batch of jelly that we plan to give out next month. It's not only easy & festive, it's super tasty. This is really good served over a block of cream cheese with crackers.

Christmas Pepper Jelly

3 jalapeno peppers
8 small green bell peppers
1-1/2 c. vinegar
6-1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 box (2 pkgs - 3 oz. each) liquid pectin
3-4 drops green food coloring
6 half pint canning jars with seals & bands

Wash jars and boil in a water bath canner to sterilize.

Using a small knife, remove stems and seeds from jalapenos & bell peppers. Slice into thin strips.

Transfer sliced peppers to a food processor. Pour in 1 c. vinegar. Pulse until mixture is well blended.

Transfer mixture to a medium stock pot. Add in remaining 1/2 c. vinegar, sugar and cayenne pepper. Stir well and bring to a boil.

Pour in pectin and stir. Bring back to a boil and let boil for 1 minute while stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and skim off any foam. Add in food coloring and stir.

Immediately ladle into hot jars leaving a 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims to remove any spillage. Place seal and band over each jar. Tighten to fingertip tight. using jar tongs carefully place filled jars back into canner and fill with enough water to cover to jars. Bring to a full rolling boil and let process for 10 minutes. Remove jars from water bath and allow to cool. Listen for the "ping" sound to make sure jars have properly sealed.

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Emily Anne said...

I love canning.. I'll have to try that! :-)

Simply Heart And Home said...

What a wonderful recipe! You are so far ahead of me as far as Christmas shopping goes. I have only bought 2 family gifts.


You are cordially invited to partake in this month's Country Heart Giveaway.



Keeper of our Home said...

Thank you Emily Anne & Gina for your comments. I so love canning and sharing good things from our kitchen.

~Mrs. M

The Girl in the Pink Dress said...

MMMM.. will def make this. DH loves jalapenoes.. looks tasty! I have a recipe similar to this for red pepper jelly, but I think this one will be better. Thanks for the recipe!
The Girl in the Pink Dress

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Oh Yum~ I am going to make this!

SUPER MOMMY! said...

Have you tried this? Did it turn out spicy?

Keeper of our Home said...

Super Mommy ~

Because it has so much sugar added to it, it's not hot at all. It's more of a semi-sweet wang (if that makes sense.) But even for the most timid heat palets it should be fine. I especially love it served over a block of cream cheese.