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Five-Pepper Jelly

Serve this jelly with corn bread or over cream cheese as an appetizer. Try prepared pineapple cream cheese, available at the supermarket.

Yield: 7 pints (one hundred twelve 1-ounce servings)

  • 1 large green pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 large red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine

  • 4 jalapenos, seeded and chopped very fine (wear rubber gloves)

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted

  • 1 whole, small red chile pepper

  • 5 cups sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups Downing's Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 6 ounces liquid pectin

  1. Combine the green and red peppers, onion, jalapeños, and 1 teaspoon salt in a colander about 3 hours. Drain well and press pepper mixture with the back of a spoon to remove moisture. (Wear rubber gloves.)

  2. Make a spice bag of the cumin seeds and whole red chile pepper.

  3. Combine peppers above with sugar, spice bag, vinegar, lemon juice, chili powder, cayenne, and remaining salt. Bring to a boil in a 6-quart saucepan. Stir and simmer 10 minutes.

  4. Add pectin and return to a boil. Boil exactly 1 minute. Remove from heat. Remove the spice bag.

  5. Ladle into sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Cap and seal.

  6. Process 5 minutes in a boiling-water-bath canner.

 

Adapted from The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol W. Costenbader.  One of my most favorite books on preserving.