Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins
Intensely red with medium heat, can be made hotter by adding an extra jalapeno, cooler by omitting one. Use for anything you'd use a hot pepper jelly for, like with crackers and cream cheese, or with roasted game. For Cranberry Balsamic Hot Pepper Jelly, you can replace 1/4 c. of the cider vinegar with balsamic vinegar. From "The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preservation".
- 1 large sweet red pepper
- 2 jalapenos or 2 small hot chili peppers, seeded
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 3⁄4 cup cider vinegar
- 3⁄4 cup frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 (3 ounce) envelope liquid fruit pectin
- Finely chop pepper and chiles in food processor. Place in a small saucepan with water and vinegar and bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain through a coarse sieve, pressing with back of spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Pour liquid through a jelly bag or clean, damp muslin.
- Combine strained liquid, thawed concentrate, and sugar in a medium non-reactive saucepan, bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin, return to a full boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
- Ladle into hot jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.