Pepper Jelly with crackers and cream cheese is one of my all time favorite snacks, so when I began canning last year Pepper Jelly was at the top of list to make. You can find Pepper Jelly at most grocery stores, but usually the selection is limited, and I’ve never once been able to find organic Pepper Jelly, which is why I love making my own. It’s also great to have on hand as a last minute hostess gift, or party appetizer.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yields: 6 half pint jars
3 bell peppers. I used one of each color for a fun visual, but you can use whichever bell peppers suit your taste best.
4-5 cloves of garlic
1 (3oz) package liquid pectin
¾ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
3 cups Sugar
To make your Pepper Jelly:
Sterilize and prepare your canning jars and lids.
In a large pot stir together your apple cider vinegar, peppers, garlic and sugar.
Bring ingredients to a full boil, stirring constantly and then add in your pectin. Stir in pectin and continue to boil for one minute.
Lower your burner to medium heat and allow ingredients to simmer until gel stage has been reached. (You can use the sheet test, or refrigerator test to tell when gel stage has been reached.)
Pour your hot jelly into hot jars leaving ¼ inch of headspace and wipe jar rims with a clean cloth, or cloth dipped in apple cider vinegar. Put on jar lids and screw bands until they are fingertip tight making sure not to over-tighten.
Process half pint jars in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Remove jars and allow to cool for 24 hours before checking your seals.
If one or more jar didn’t seal properly you can try processing again or store in the refrigerator.
This is a great pepper jelly recipe, it’s easy to make and has very few ingredients. I think we made five different kinds of pepper jelly last year and this was one of my favorite recipes. It’s not too hot or too sweet so it’s great for parties as well. My goal this year is to grow enough bell peppers in my garden to satisfy my pepper jelly cravings.
Do you guys love pepper jelly as much as I do, or is it overrated?