This is from BH&G canning book. Hot pepper jelly is fantastic on wheat crackers with cream cheese. I also like to use them as a base for a basting glaze on meats.
- In medium saucepan combine jalapeño peppers, cranberry juice and vinegar.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
- Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
- Strain mixture through a sieve, pressing with back of spoon to remove all liquid.
- Measure 2 cups liquid.
- Discard pulp.
- In 4-quart kettle combine the 2 cups liquid and the sugar.
- Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
- Stir in pectin and if using, add the whole hot peppers.
- Return to a full rolling boil; boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.
- Ladle into hot, sterile 1/2-pint jars adding 1 whole pepper to each jar.
- Wipe rims, adjust lids.
- Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack.
- Jelly may require 2 to 3 days to set.