What to do with that great harvest of jalpeno peppers? Well, one way to use them up is to make pepper jelly/relish!
If you've never attempted to make any kind of jelly or jam due to intimidation, don't be scerred. It's really very easy.
The recipe/directions for many kinds of jams and jellies are right on the instruction sheet inside the box of Sure-Jell, including the recipe for Hot Pepper Relish.
I've got all the necessary items ready to go.
10 large jalepeno peppers
3 medium red peppers
2 medium green peppers
1 cup cider vinegar
5 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. butter - optional
1 package Suer-Jell
I usually don't wear a rubber glove when I'm handling jalepenos to make pico or poppers or in any other recipe, but when I'm cutting this many peppers, it's usually a good idea to "glove up"!
The colors of the chopped peppers look so pretty. Like Christmas!
Empty the chopped peppers in a large saucepan adding the 1 cup of cider vinegar and the package of Sure-Jell.
Adding the optional 1/2 tsp. butter will prevent foaming when the mixture starts to boil, and it won't affect the taste one bit.
Bring the mixture to a full boil. At this time add the sugar all at once.
Stirring constantly, bring the mixture back up to a full, rolling boil for one full minute.
After one minute, remove the pot from the heat. Wearing an oven mitt, carefully ladle the hot mixture into jars to within 1/8" of the top. Wipe any drips from the rim of the jars and place on seals and rings and screw down tightly.
At this point, you could process the jars in a water bath. That's submerging the jars in a large pot of water covering them with 1 to 2 inches of water, and bringing to a boil for at least 5 minutes - 10 minutes for jam.
I actually skip this step. I read somewhere that if you turn the jars upside down while they cool, they will seal. It's worked for me every time. Just make sure once you flip the jars upright, the dimple in the center of the seal part of the lid is pushed inward and doesn't pop up when you press on it.
Pepper Relish/Jelly has that spicy sweet combo going on.
It's especially yummy as an hors de'ouvre when drizzled over cream cheese and spread on buttery crackers.
Or, for me, makes my Thomas' Bagel Thin super yummy.
- Have you tried these? They're great! And only 100 calories for the whole bagel! -
A strawberry smoothie helps cool down that little bit of spiciness.
A few more batches of this jelly/relish, and I'll have some Christmas gifts done!
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