Jalapeno Jelly Recipe

by GettingFreedom on July 28, 2009

With all the cool weather we’ve been having, my tomatoes are just not cooperating. I think I have right around 40 plants in the ground, and I have only been able to pick a few tomatoes here and there. Definitely not enough to make salsa with the large amounts of jalapenos coming off of my 1 plant! We have enough jalapenos for eating with our meals from canning some earlier this year, so I had to get creative with how to use up my jalapeno harvest.

I remembered that my aunt always made Jalapeno Jelly and put it out with our Christmas Hors d’ouerves spread. It’s different, but in a good way, it’s not spicy like you would think–but it does have a zing. You’ll just have to try it. I like it spread on Wheat Thins crackers by itself, but you can add a dab of cream cheese with it too. Yum! The other good thing, it makes a great gift! You can make a basket with crackers, and different homemade jellies. Frugal and Tasty!

This recipe is from The Ball Blue Book Of Canning and Preserving (I linked it so you could see what it looks like. You can get it at Wal-Mart for under $8)

Jalapeno Jelly

12-16 Jalapenos

2 cups Cider Vinegar, divided

6 cups sugar

2 pouches liquid pectin

Green Food coloring–optional (I didn’t use any, and it looks just fine)

Wash peppers and remove the stems and seeds. Make use to wear gloves during the seeding process. Using your food processor, puree the jalapenos and 1 cup of the Cider vinegar. Combine the puree, the remaining vinegar, and the sugar in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil and stir constantly for 10 minutes. Add in the liquid pectin and return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off the foam (if there is any). Add in a few drops of green food coloring, if desired.

Ladle the jelly into hot, sterilized jars, making sure to leave ¼ inch headspace. I used half-pints since it is a “strange” jelly. Put on the lid and ring and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
Makes about (7) half-pints.
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