September 25, 2010

Holiday Jalapeno Jelly

I’m already thinking about Christmas around our house- where to put up all the Christmas trees in our new house, can I even have all my trees out with a 1 year old running around, Christmas shopping for family and making homemade gifts!

One special homemade gift my mother and I also enjoy making together is Jalapeno Jelly. We always have plenty of Jalapenos from the garden and it seems like we always have to find something to do with them.

Making jelly isn’t as difficult as most believe- it’s actually quite simple. Just be sure and wear gloves when preparing the peppers so your hands aren’t burning for a week.

This jelly makes a perfect holiday gift for neighbors and friends. Serve this jelly with a cream cheese topped cracker for your holiday gatherings!

>Jalapeno Jelly
Yields: about 5 half pints
from mom

¾ lb jalapeno peppers (or more if you want more heat)
2 pouches liquid pectin
2 c. cider vinegar (divided)
6 c. sugar
Green or red food coloring

Wash peppers; drain. Remove stems and seeds. Puree peppers and 1 c. vinegar and sugar in a large pot. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Stir constantly.

Stir in liquid pectin and return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, while continuing to stir.

Remove from heat and skim foam if necessary. Stir in a few drops of food coloring of choice. Ladle hot jelly into jars in a boiling water canner.

NOTE: When cutting and seeding the peppers, wear rubber gloves to prevent hands from being burned.

Don't know how to can? Don't worry, I've got you covered! Check out the University fo Missouri Extension website for info on how to can.


NanaClaire said...

Hi Lane,

I just started blogging and I love to cook myself. Believe it or not, I am 62 and only have been trying new recipes over the last few years. I'm learning in my 60s. Anyway, I saw your Jalapeno Jelly recipe and was wondering, what do you put Jalapeno jelly on (nacho chips?)

As far as Christmas gifts I'm thinking of making some pot holder kitchen towels I saw on Home Made Simple I think. LOL They're easy and I don't have a lot of time with hubby being handicapped in a wheelchair now but it would be easy to do and quick I think.

Have fun making your jelly!

~Claire (otherwise known as Nana to 8 grandkids, guardian to 2 of the 8, Wife of 41+ years and mother of 4)

Lane said...

Hey Claire!
Well we like the jelly on wheat thins with cream cheese! We make a lot and serve them as apps. during the holidays. They are always a hit!

But, you could do corn chips too.

Let me know how you like it! Best of luck on those potholders.

I'm working on gifts now too.


pkrains said...

Hey! Just printed your Jalapeno Jelly recipe and hope to try it out this week. Before the freezing temps of this weekend, my husband picked the last of our peppers---a bumper crop! So, I've got to find something to do with them. What a great idea you gave me. Can't wait to try it. (And what a great item to tuck into Christmas baskets!)
Thanks for sharing your great recipes.