Easy Hot Green Pepper Jelly makes a great homemade gift for family and friends.
When life, or your CSA or garden, gives you a bunch of peppers it’s time to make some green pepper jelly.
I had a variety of hot peppers from the CSA so I decided to start getting ready for Christmas by making some easy jelly. If you have never made jam or jelly before this is a great one to start with since you add liquid pectin to get it to gel. It takes the guess work out of reaching the gelling point.
You can use hot pepper jelly any way you would use any other jam or jelly, but a few special ways to use it:
- pour over a block of cream cheese or brie and serve with crackers or sliced baguettes.
- glaze chicken or fish then broil or grill
- add to a margarita
- as a dipping sauce for shrimp, chicken pieces, meatballs, etc.
More easy jam recipes:
Green Pepper Jelly is a spicy sweet jelly that is a great way to use up extra hot peppers. Great homemade gift.
- 1 pound hot green peppers jalapeno, cayenne, poblano, anaheim, etc.
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar
- 6 cups sugar
- 2 pouches 3 ounce size liquid pectin
Wear gloves, cut off stem and remove seeds and membranes from peppers. Leave membranes and seeds for a hotter jelly.
Puree peppers in food processor or blender with 1 cup cider vinegar until smooth. Do not strain.
In a large stock pot combine puree with remaining 1 cup cider vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add liquid pectin. Continue boiling for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add food coloring, if using, and skim foam if necessary.
Ladle jelly into half pint jars, adjust 2 piece lid.
Process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.
For more information on water bath canning, check the Ball website.
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