This recipe gets rave reviews everywhere I take it. I made this step-by-step for beginners. I taught my friend in one afternoon and now she's hooked! No "heat" to this jelly, just a beautiful presentation that's soo easy to prepare. Put in pretty jelly jars for a great hand-made gift! Pour a jar over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers for a quick appetizer that's sure to be a hit!
- Equipment (I left out the basics like knives, etc).
- Hot water canner
- 24 half-pint jelly jars, lids and rings.
- Small saucepan.
- Very large pot that will hold at least a gallon of boiling liquid.
- Canning funnel.
- Rubber gloves.
- Start a hot water canner 3/4 full of hot tap water boiling on high.
- Place washed jelly jars into a 200 degree oven to sterilize (no lids!).
- Seed, devein and chop jalapeños and red bell peppers into 1/4 inch pieces. Always wear disposable rubber gloves when you handle hot peppers and DON'T touch anything else in your kitchen with the gloves!
- Bring jalapeños, vinegar and sugar to a boil and boil for 1 minute.
- Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes (this step removes most of the "heat" from the jalapeños).
- Meanwhile, pour boiling hot water into a sauce pan and place jar lids in the hot water (not the rings).
- Remove jelly from heat and add pectin.
- Stir well and mix in 10 drops of food coloring.
- Quickly ladle into hot jars (leave about 1/4 inch of room from the brim) and wipe down rim of jar with a clean washcloth. Don't under fill any of the jars! If you can't fill the last jar entirely, just put it in the fridge and enjoy it later.
- Place a hot lid and a room-temp ring on the jar immediately.
- After all the jars are filled with hot jelly, place in the boiling water bath for 10 minutes (water needs to cover the lids by at least 1 inch).
- Allow jars to cool at room temperature. Check after 24 hours for a seal (the lid will have sucked down tight). If any of the jelly didn't seal, place in the refrigerator immediately and consume within 3 months.
- Store in a cool, dry place.