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Homemade Pepper Jelly

It’s Christmas season! Our house is in full crazy schedule mode and I have barely had a chance to slow down. Sound familiar? Between Christmas parties, homeschool, church events and family stuff we are doing with the kids I have barely been home. Sadly enough blogging has taken a backseat this month. I usually post DIY Christmas gifts I’m making as I go. So better late than never, here is a simple recipe for a yummy gift I’m giving to some friends this year!

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We love pepper jelly in this house! Especially poured over some cream cheese with ritz crackers. When it’s homemade it’s all the better :). So naturally I want to give others something I enjoy too.

Ingredients:

3 large red bell peppers
8 medium size jalapeño peppers
2 cups apple cider vinegar (white works also)
5 cups of sugar
3 ounces of pectin

First chop your peppers. I always wear gloves when chopping jalapeño peppers. I also scraped out about 1/2 of the jalapeño seeds from each pepper I cut. I kept the other 1/2 seeds in the mix for a bit of heat.

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Next put chopped peppers in the food processor.

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Pulse a few times until the peppers look like this:

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Next scrape the peppers into the center of a cheese cloth and wring the juice out. I love the red color! It makes the jelly look so pretty.

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Put the peppers in a large pot. I use a stockpot. Add sugar and vinegar at this point and stir.

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Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil.

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Add the pectin and bring back up to a boil. Use a candy thermometer if you have one to keep it at about 200-210 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

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Remove from the heat and it will look like this.

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Pour into prepared jars and let cool. I refrigerate mine once they cool for 12 hours before using or giving to friends.

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I will probably put cute labels on them and a decorative ribbon before gifting them :) but they are pretty just the way they are I think!

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Our favorite way to eat them, as I mentioned before is on top of cream cheese. It’s fun to slice the cream cheese at an angle and make a tree before pouring the jelly on top. If you’re serving it at a Christmas party or event. I also used the top of a jalapeño as a trunk.

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Yum, yum, yum! My husband’s favorite :) thanks for stopping by!
Johanna

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About crazyblessedlife

I'm a mother of two adorable girls only 11 months apart, and a sweet little boy. I'm madly in love with being their mommy. My husband is a youth minister and we love serving God together with our lives. I am passionate about being a stay-at-home mother and homemaker, its such an exciting, exhausting and rewarding job!

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Pepper Jelly

  1. Yum!

    Posted by Sheila fish | December 22, 2013, 11:11 pm

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