Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pepper Jelly

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (not low-calorie)
1 cup vinegar
2 to 4 fresh jalapeño chile peppers, halved
5 cups sugar
1/2 of a 6 oz package (1 foil pouch) liquid fruit pectin

1.  In a medium stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick saucepan combine cranberry juice, vinegar, and jalapeño peppers.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.  Strain mixture through a sieve, pressing with the back of a soon to remove all the liquid; measure 2 cups and set aside. Discard pulp.

2.  In a 6 quart heavy kettle combine the 2 cups liquid and the sugar.  Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly.  Quickly stir in pectin.  Return to a full rolling boil; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Skim off foam.

3.  Ladle at once into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace.  Wipe jar rims; adjust lids.  Process in a boiling-water canner for 5 minutes.  Remove jars and cool on a wire rack until set (2 to 3 days).

Add 1 minute to processing time for each additional 1,000 feet.

This recipe was given to me by Cheryl Smith, a woman in my ward.  A couple of years ago she did a mini class on canning for Relief Society.  This is one of the things she shared with us.  She served it with cream cheese and crackers--very good!

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