I am writing this post from the south! We are celebrating my stepmother's 30th year in the ministry this weekend in North Carolina. Family members have gathered from all around the country to spend time together, and most importantly to let Paula know how loved and special she is. It has been absolutely wonderful spending time with family! My boys have been receiving all sorts of love. Going home tomorrow is going to be a sad day for all of us.
Last week, before the rest of our family arrived from Michigan and Minnesota and Arkansas and Iowa, Paula and I were canning fiends! My favorite thing that emerged from our canning efforts was this hot pepper jelly. I plan to bring a few jars back home with us, and I also plan to coat everything I see with this nectar. DELICIOUS!
In a large saucepan, combine:
1 cup green bell peppers, cored and ground
3/4 cup jalapeno peppers, ground
6 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
One 1.75-oz. package fruit pectin powder
Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add 6 drops of green food coloring.
Pour the hot jelly into hot, sterilized 1/2-pint mason jars. Seal tightly with hot lids and set in a cool place. The lids will pop as they seal. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Serve with cream cheese and crackers. Or do like I plan to do this week and put it on everything.