Sunday, September 16, 2007

Pepper Jelly

It's time to make peppery jelly again! Here are all the ingredients. Boy, don't those peppers look beautiful!
You clean and slice the peppers and remove the seeds. Then chop into bite size pieces and put into your blender with 1-1/2 cups of vinegar.
Blend until it is a creamy consistency and pour into a large sauce pan.
Then you add your sugar and bring to a boil. Take it off the stove and add the remainder of the ingredients. Pour immediately into small fruit jars and seal with paraffin wax. Boy, don't they look gorgeous all standing together like that!
I made two batches of pepper jelly. It tastes great when you pour it over a brick of cream cheese and dip Wheat Thins into it. It is a great appetizer and really pretty for Christmastime. One year I also made a batch with red peppers and served both the red and green at Christmas and it looked so pretty! It also would be great for St. Patrick's Day. Peppers are in season right now, so you can get good deals on them.
I received this recipe from Eric's mother many years ago when Eric and I we were newlyweds. I have a great memory of my in-laws taking us out on the lake in their sail boat and she served us pepper jelly and crackers for hors d'oeuvres. It made such an impression on me! That was one of those moments that I thought "I want to grow up and be just like her".

Alice's Pepper Jelly

3 large green peppers
1-1/2 cup white vinegar
6-1/2 cups of sugar
15 drops of Tabasco sauce
5 drops of green food coloring
1 package of pectin
Paraffin wax

Chop peppers and remove seeds, put in blender with vinegar and blend until real smooth. Pour into large sauce pan and add sugar, bring to full boil over medium heat for five minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add Tabasco, food coloring and pectin. Return pan to medium heat and bring to a boil for 1-1/2 minutes. Sift off foam. Pour immediately into prepared 6 ounce jars. Seal with melted paraffin. May be stored up to one year in cool dry place. Serve over cream cheese with crackers. Makes nice gift. You could also make it with red peppers.

~ Sharon

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