Last year, my husband surprised me with a full canning set that he found for 75% off at our local Target. I have been curious about canning, but very afraid of messing up and getting someone sick.
However, after reading through the Blue Book of Preserving that was included in the kit, I felt much more confident about the safety of canning.
I found this recipe for Jalapeno Pepper Jelly on Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen website. I instantly thought that I could FINALLY use all those jalapenos growing in my garden for this.
This will also make a great, unique gift for family and friends come Christmas season.
I learned that canning jelly can be very sticky so have damp towels ready, and you also have to work pretty fast when canning the preserves. The preserves will gel up quickly and you want those in the jars before they do or they’ll be a pain to pour.
That being said, I do recommend canning to foodies. It’s pretty tedious but the result is super cool. You get to say you MADE that jelly!
I’m submitting this recipe to What’s Cooking in the Orange Kitchen’s “So You Grew a Garden” blogging event.
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly
Source: Tasty Kitchen
- 1 cup Jalapeno, Seeds And Membranes Removed, Finely Diced
- 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
- ½ cups Red Or Orange Bell Pepper, Seeds & Membranes Removed, Finely Diced
- 6 cups Sugar
- 2 envelopes Liquid Pectin, 3 Oz Each
- ½ teaspoons Unsalted Butter
- Prepare canning jars and lids as directed by manufacturer’s directions. This recipe makes 6 8-oz 1/2 pint jars…so have at least 8 jars ready, just in case.
- Do not use seeds in your jelly (if you’d like it hotter then put seeds into a piece of cheesecloth or muslin packet and put into the sugar mixture, but remove before you put the pectin in!). You can mix up the peppers if you’d like…habaneros, jalapenos, bell peppers.
- In a large stainless-steel pan combine the vinegar, peppers and sugar. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. (add the unsalted butter here if you want to use it…it helps to keep the foam down to a minimum)
- Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a full boil, at this point stir constantly. Once a rolling boil has been reached, pour in the pectin. Return to a full boil and stir constantly for 1 full minute. Remove from heat.
- Immediately ladle the jelly into your jars leaving about 1/4″ headspace. Wipe rims off and screw on bands.
- 4 to 8 oz jars need to be processed for 10 minutes. 1 pint jars for 15 minutes. Adjust for elevation. (I live at sea level, so 10 minutes was fine for me.)
- Remove from canner and place on paper or cloth towel.
- Wait about 15-30 minutes and then carefully twist or tilt jars to distribute the pepper pieces throughout the jelly while cooling. (I did not do this since the preserving book said NOT to move the jelly for 12-24 hours, thus interrupting the sealing process. The pepper pieces were dispersed well anyway.)
I wrote myself a little reminder so I’m not tempted to move these as I clean the kitchen.