One year my family and I were at the beach and we stepped into a Pepper Palace to try out some of the salsas. If you know me, you know how much I love anything to do with Mexican food. While in the store we came across a jar of strawberry pepper jelly. They had samples mixed with cream cheese, so of course we tried it. Oh my, I was hooked at first bite!!! The spicy and sweet mixed with the creamy goodness of cream cheese. I couldn’t say no! So we grabbed a jar of strawberry and a jar of blueberry and headed straight to the grocery store to get some cream cheese. Those jars were gone by the end of our trip!
Not long after that particular trip a friend of mine had given me a whole box of jalapeno and habanero peppers from her garden. I thought to myself, now what can I do with all of these peppers? Of course, hot pepper jelly! I also had a bag of frozen blackberries she had given me from a while back in my freezer. What better thing to do than to combine the two for a spicy, sweet treat!
The ingredients I use are:
- About 10 finely chopped jalapeno peppers
- About 5 finely chopped habanero peppers
- 3 finely chopped green bell peppers
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup Ball pectin
- 4 cups of blackberries
- 5 cups of sugar
First thing you want to do is boil some hot water with your jars and lids inside and then set them aside to dry.
Next take a strainer and set it on top of the pot and pour in all of your crushed berries into it. Take a spoon and smash the berries until all that’s left in the strainer is mostly the seeds from the berries.
You will then take your jars and fill them with the mixture, being sure to wipe the sides and rims clean before setting the jar lid on top. Do this with all of your jars and put them into the boiling water to process for about 15 minutes. Then set the jars out to settle overnight.
These jars make great holiday gifts for the family! Take them along to Thanksgiving or give them as gifts at Christmas! Make sure you let them know how wonderful it tastes with some cream cheese on top of a cracker! YUM!!
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