Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
We are not so fond of hot sauces or hot peppers as such; it is a cultural thing, I presume. On the other hand, mild peppers are a treat and we love them. So, for the mild pepper lovers of RecipeZaar, here is my favorite pepper jelly. It can be done with red peppers or green or orange ones or a mix of peppers!! We have this on bagels spread with cream cheese or on anything that you wish, such as ham, roast, crackers, sandwiches, etc.. As a family secret, I will add that to avoid the sticking in the bottom of the pots when preparing ketsups and chutneys, we always put 3 equally-spaced pennies on the burner. Nothing sticks to the bottom of the pots this way. Try it!!
- 12 mild red peppers (about 8 cups total after passing them in the food processor)
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 3 freshly ground garlic cloves (about3 big cloves is good)
- Prepare the peppers by deseeding, cuting away the membranes and pass them in a food processor or through a food mill.
- Put the grounded peppers in a bowl, add the coarse salt and let stand for 4 hours at room temperature.
- After that time, rince thoroughly under cold water. Drain well.
- In a dutch oven, put the peppers and the rest of the ingredients and bring to boil, then lower the heat to medium so that the preparation cooks with small bubbles; cook 30 minutes counting from the time it started to boil, stirring occasionally. The color will be a wonderful dark red and the peppers will be slightly transparent.
- Pour boiling in your sterilized jars and close the lids.
- Count the "pocs" of the jars to be sure that they are well sealed.
- Wait until the jelly is cooled down before eating.
Super quick, easy and seal of approval from the teenagers, I bought two boxes of capsicums from the grocer that were getting on a bit and starting to wrinkle ( they were cheap!). Good colour and flavour, excellent with cream cheese and crackers. Highly recommended recipe. Thanks! Allie
This jelly is sooo tasty. We serve it on ritz crackers along with cream cheese. A delightful (and delicious) snack. A keeper for sure.
This recipe is written in an old-fashioned way. If one is following current canning guidelines, one should follow these steps:
Fill quickly with the hot jelly mixture, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the sealing surface of the jars with a clean paper towel, dampened with hot water, to remove any jelly, jam or sugar crystals. Adjust lids.
Work quickly to insure that the filled jars stay as hot as possible until all are filled and ready to load into the canner for processing. However, remember the jam or jelly mixture is very hot and take precautions not to burn yourself.
Load the filled jars, fitted with lids, into the canner one at a time, using a jar lifter. Keep the jar upright at all times. Tilting the jar could cause the hot jelly or jam mixture to spill into the sealing area of the lid, which should remain clean and undisturbed. The water in the canner can be close to boiling when the jars are added, if you have made sure the filled product has remained very hot until the canner load is ready.
Turn the heat under the canner to its highest setting, cover the canner with its lid and heat until the water boils vigorously. Process the jars for 5 minutes after the water boils. The water level in the canner should be 1-2 inches above the tops of the jars. The water in the canner must remain boiling during the entire 5 minutes, so keep the heat source on high and a tight lid on the canner.
When the jars have been processed in boiling water for the recommended time, turn off the heat and remove the canner lid. Wait 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner; use a jar lifter and keep jars upright.
Remove jars from canner after the process time is up; use a jar lifter and keep jars upright. Carefully place them directly onto a towel or cake cooling rack, leaving at least one inch of space between the jars during cooling. Avoid placing the jars on a cold surface or in a cold draft.
Cool jars upright for 12-24 hours while vacuum seal is drawn and jam or jelly sets up. Let the jars sit undisturbed while they cool. Do not tighten ring bands on the lids or push down on the center of the flat metal lid until the jar is completely cooled.
Remove ring bands from sealed jars. Put any unsealed jars in the refrigerator and use first.
Wash jars and lids to remove all residues. Label and store in a cool, dry place out of direct light.