Tangy sweet, red pepper jelly. I.Love.It. Have you ever tried it? It is fantastic with soft mild white cheese, crackers, meats etc. I had never made jelly or jam of any sort in past. It was time to try.
After much browsing and debating on ingredients, I decided to keep it very simple. After all, in food, simplicity is often best when you want the main ingredient to shine.
30 oz sweet red bell peppers seeded and chopped (approx 4 large peppers)
2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups white sugar
1 ounce pectin (I used Certo in powder form)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp butter
The juice is finished! Hooray! Hmm... now you are left with a bowl of pepper bits. Save it. More on that later.
In a smaller bowl, mix the sugar and pectin together well with a spoon. This will ensure the pectin gets evenly distributed with the sugar and juice in the jelly making step.
Poor the mixture into the sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 of space at the top. In another jar, spoon in the leftover red pepper bits.
Once the jars have cooled, the lids should have popped down. If you press the middle of the lids and find they didn't seal, redo the water bath stage.
So how much jelly did I get? I ended up with one full 2 cup capacity mason jar, as well as a little left over in a smaller jar, about 2/3 cup. I also ended up with one full jar of red pepper relish. That's right! All those pepper bits we saved and jarred? Pepper relish! Why waste all that goodness? It's great to use in your cooking or as a zippy condiment. If you want a chunkier relish, don't mash the peppers when they are cooking in the vinegar.
How beautiful is that! A lovely jelly with such a gorgeous vermilion colour. But I'm sure there is just one question you really want answered; How does it taste?
Let's just say, I'm putting it on everything lol. It's got a great flavour from the apple cider vinegar and is well balanced with the sugar. It's not too sweet, but it's sweet enough. Love.
Try it in a grilled cheese sandwich....
Or with pigs in a blanket....
A condiment for burgers....
As a glaze on chicken....Straight out of the jar....