Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In a Jam

Saturday morning I gathered up canning jars, lids, and ten pounds of sugar, went to Cindy's house, and we made pepper jam.  We were supervised by her 12 year-old daughter, Mary Payton.  MP used the time to visit with us, study for her mid-terms, and mend a broken Santa.  Besides making pepper jam, Cindy and I used this time to visit - one of the many bonuses of working with a friend.

Beautiful Color:  Use caution when eating - it's still got a bite! 

The first time we did this we used red, yellow and orange bell peppers with the jalapeno peppers.  It gave the jelly a red glow.  This time we used more yellow than orange peppers and no red ones - it made the jelly light and beautiful.  

The jalapeno peppers were sooo hot!
While we were seeding them we had to quit talking
- just for a minute or two! -
 because they were making us cry
(This photo was taken by MP, thank you!).

17 medium jalapeno peppers, 1 orange bell pepper, 6 yellow bell peppers - finely chopped in the food processor.  We put them in a bowl and mixed them together until we liked the way the colors looked.  We used this for all three batches of jam.

For each batch:
2 3/4 cups finely chopped peppers
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
6 1/2 cups of sugar
1 pouch CERTO

We followed the directions that came with the CERTO, got our jars and lids ready ahead of time and in just over an hour we had our first batch of pepper jam.

We used the Sure Jell CERTO (Liquid Fruit Pectin) to make sure our peppers became jam. 
The instructions and recipes are in these little boxes.

We worked for almost 3 hours and made 3 dozen jars of jam.  Notice that a lot of them are the 4 ounce jars - just right for a little gift. 

I left Cindy and MP and went home to listen for the popping sound of all my jars sealing up.  It was a happy sound. 

This was our second time to make jelly together. It's not that hard, the results are delicious, and if you can get a friend to join in not only will you make jelly or jam, you'll make memories. 

What's cooking in your kitchen?



TexWisGirl said...

my husband loves this stuff! a texas friend makes a bit now and again and gives him some. :)

Chris said...

You're a brave person to work with so many peppers!!!!

Flora said...

Look delicious! Never had it...but would love to try it!!...AND what a fun day you had!!!

Alicia said...

Sounds good but what do you eat it on?

Pattilou said...

I was introduced to the wonderful jam/jelly by a friend and just love it for the holidays! (thinking back, I think it was over 20 years ago! and we've moved so many times since then)

This year though I cheated and bought a lovely jar of it at Costco--just enough for the holidays! Maybe I'll have to rethink this and get DH to plant more jalapenos so I can make some next fall for the following Christmas.

So glad you have someone to make it with. That gives you the enjoyment twice! Fun post, BTW.

Pattilou said...

Oh, forgot--it is luscious on crackers atop some cream cheese or as they served it this year at Costco with Brie cheese. I've eaten it on just plain toast and love it. The sweet/hot is a real pleaser to the senses.