Just about (but not quite) as much as I love desserts and sweets, I love appetizers or “pickies” as our family always refered to them as, something to have around, just to pick at. If it all wasn’t so bad for me I could seriously live off of pickies and dessert. I can make a meal out of a few pickies. Dip’s and spreads, cheese and crackers, cold or warm, they are all wonderful.
Quite a few years ago my friend Lisa (the same Lisa, who makes those amazing butter tarts) brought homemade red pepper jelly to work, for break time. I’d had red pepper jelly in the past and thought, ‘meh’ not a huge fan. So, when Lisa brought it to work I really only tried it because it was homemade. Well….am I glad I did, it was amazing! I am fairly certain I had way more than my fair share that day. It was like no other pepper jelly I had ever had, sweet and spicy but neither were overpowering. It was perfect. I have tried many more since then (which I enjoy) but none have compared, so you can imagine how happy I was when she recently shared her recipe with me.
Lisa’s Red Pepper Jelly
1/4 cup hot peppers
3 cups red peppers
6 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1 pouch liquid Pectin
1. Prepare your jars and lids. If you have a dishwasher start the dishwasher on the sanitizing cycle. Try to time it so your jars will be finished when your jelly is finished, all dishwashers are different, you know yours. If you don’t have a dishwasher you will need to sterilize in boiling water
2. Washer peppers well and dice
3. Dice hot pepper **UPDATE NOTE** PLEASE wear gloves while chopping the peppers! This batch was fine, I did not wear gloves. We made 2 other batches the next week. I guess I did not wash my hands quickly enough and 3 hours later my hands were a burning inferno. 3pm – 10:30, when I finally fell asleep it felt like my hands were on fire, nothing took the pain away. Wear gloves!!!
4. In a large pot combine, peppers, hot peppers, sugar and vinegar, bring to a boil. Boil 5 minutes
5. Add Pectin, Boil 5 more minutes
6. Let stand 5 minutes
7. Remove sterile jars from dishwasher. spoon into jars
8. Secure lids tightly and allow to cool, upside down
9. Once cool turn jars back over and allow to set over night
My favourite way to have red pepper jelly is to spread it atop, cream cheese on Toppable Crackers
Delicious!!! We were very happy with the results. So much so that we plan to make another 2 batches next week while the peppers are fresh and cheap. I can’t believe how easy it was to make. Mom and I thought we had gotten ourselves into a whole day event. Total time, including dishwasher, and clean up was maximum 2 hours.
For those that were scared away by the 6 cups of sugar….I know it seems like a lot! (and it is!) but this is not something that you eat a lot of or all the time. It is nice to put out for company or take to a friends, you wouldn’t sit and eat the whole jar (well I could…but I wouldn’t…)
Thank you Lisa, for such a great recipe!