Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sweet N Hot Pepper Jelly

 Have you ever had pepper jelly?  It's fabulous.  I just had it for the first time when my Mom bought us some when she was out visiting in April.  I was a little skeptical, but very delighted to find it was delicious on crackers either by itself or with the additon of cream cheese!  Yum!  So, naturally I tried it at home and was thrilled with the results so here's the recipe.  Here's a handy reference for canning.

Sweet N Hot Pepper Jelly (adapted from SureJell Hot Pepper Jelly recipe)
1 c. finely chopped, Hot Red Peppers (Red Jalapenos or Serranos)
3 c. finely chopped, Sweet Peppers (Red, Orange or Yellow Bell Peppers, etc...)
1 c. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 box SureJell (or other brand) Fruit Pectin for canning
1 t. Butter/Margarine
5 c. Sugar
Sterilized canning jars, rings and lids. (See this page for more info.)

These are the cute little sweet peppers I used.  I got them in a bag and there were just perfectly 3 c. of them once I chopped them up!
 1.  Get all of your ingredients measured and ready to go.  
2.  Place finely chopped peppers all in a large pot.  Add in vinegar and pectin.  Stir together and bring to a boil.
 3.  Once it come to a boil, stir in the sugar and keep stirring until it boils again.  Add in butter/marg. to help manage the froth level from the boiling.  (rolling boil see this page for more info)   Let it stay at a rolling boil for 1 minute.  
4.  Then remove from heat and place into prepared canning jars.  Fill the jars to about 1/8" from the top, wipe and place lids and rings on them.  
5.  Process in a water bath for 10 minutes at sea level or refer to this chart for other elevations.
6.  Place on cooling rack until cool.  Then store in pantry (or give as gifts).
Here's a favorite way in my house to eat Pepper Jelly.  Layer Cream Cheese and Pepper Jelly and spread on crackers!  Yum!
Ready to store, eat or give!  :)


  1. Does it matter whether you use the liquid or powdered pectin? I would like to use liquid pectin if it works well with this recipe. Thanks. I am looking forward to making it.

  2. In case someone else is wondering the same thing -this should help. I looked it up myself (this year, October 29, 2017) and you can use either for your pepper jelly.- it is true that you cannot just substitute liquid and powdered pectin, because they work in different ways. You have to change the recipe.

    For liquid pectin, you bring all ingredients to a boil, boil for 10 minutes, then squeeze in the liquid pectin, boil for 1 minute, then process.
    For powdered pectin you bring all ingredients (including powdered pectin) except sugar to a boil. add sugar all at once, boil 1 minute, then process. Hope this helps -it surely helps me; as I always wondered why I had heard not to use powdered if it states liquid and vice versa. Just make sure that you pay attention to when add the pectin and how long to boil it. Happy Jelly making. I am making some this evening.


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