July 2, 2013

Hot Pepper Jelly

What You Need:

  • 4 cups peppers & fruit (jalapeño peppers & mangos are my fave. jalapenos are seeded & finely chopped, mangos are seeded & peeled, then pureed or finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water (or 100% fruit juice to match your added fruit)
  • 3 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl, divided
  • 1 box SURE-JELL Premium Fruit Pectin
  • 1/2 tsp. butter or margarine


Bring water bath canner (half full with water) to simmer. 
Wash jars and bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. 
Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. 
Let stand in hot water until ready to use. 
Drain well before filling.

Make It!
Put peppers & fruit, vinegar & water/juice in saucepot.
Mix 1/4 cup of the sugar and pectin. 
Add to pepper mixture in saucepot; mix well. 
Add butter to reduce foaming. 
Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly. 
Stir in remaining 2-3/4 cups sugar. 
Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. 
Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

Can It...
Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. 
Wipe jar rims and threads. 
Cover with two-piece lids. 
Screw bands tightly. 
Place jars on elevated rack in canner. 
Lower rack into canner. 
(Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) 
Cover; bring water to gentle boil. 
Process 10 min. 
Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. 
After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. 
(If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)


For hotter taste, leave in some of the jalapeno pepper seeds. 
Protect hands with rubber gloves while preparing jalapeno peppers.

Altitude Chart:

At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 
1,001 to 3,000 feet-increase processing time by 5 min.; 
3,001 to 6,000 feet-increase processing time by 10 min.; 
6,001 to 8,000 feet-increase processing time by 15 min.; 
8,001 to 10,000 feet-increase processing time by 20 min.

Makes approximately 6 cups of jelly.