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Monday, August 8, 2011

Hot (& Sweet!) Pepper Jam

Using different colored peppers makes it pretty but you can use all green if that's what you have. **Remember to protect your hands with rubber gloves or baggies when handling jalepeno peppers to prevent burns.**

3/4 c. finely chopped jalepeno peppers (roughly 6 medium peppers)
2 c. finely chopped green, yellow or red bell peppers
1 1/2 c. cider vinegar
6 1/2 c. sugar
1 pouch Certo LIQUID pectin
1 TBS butter or margarine

First, prepare your jars. Visit the Ball Canning "Getting Started" page to learn more.

Carefully measure peppers, vinegar and sugar into pot. Stir. Add 1 tablespoon of margarine to cut down on the foam that forms in the cooking process. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil and add the pouch of Certo quickly, stirring continuously. Bring it back to a rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute still stirring continuously. Remove from heat and skim off any foam from the top of mixture. Ladle into jars. Process jars for 10 minutes in canner.

Divine over cream cheese and served with crackers.

- More great recipes on Ball Canning's website
- You can add a few jalapeno seeds for extra spice
- You don't have to use Certo pectin, but if you switch, be sure to check the exact measurements listed on the package directions. It's important to be exact in your measurements.

Special thanks to my mom's friend Eileen for sharing her preferred recipe!