Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jalapeno Jelly

My bagels turned out well but they were eaten too quickly so I did not get any pictures. So I decided to go ahead and try making my own jalapeno jelly and post that this week. Since we went through one jar in no time after smoking the salmon; and a small jar ranges from 5-7 dollars I decided that It would also be cost effective for me to make my own. I am sure there will be much more smoked salmon in our future too( the coho are following the pinks). The cream cheese, jalapeno jelly, and smoked salmon is just an awesome combo. It is so good!!!


Yields approximately 6 1/2-pint jars.

  • 13 large jalapeno peppers
  • 2 medium red, yellow or orange bell pepper (I used orange)
  • 1/3 cups lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar (white or cider, I used cider)
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 6 ounces liquid pectin (2 pouches of Certo brand, ONLY USE CERTO brand other do not work well I hear)
  • Red, green or orange food coloring, optional (I choose to not use food coloring because I wanted the jelly to be all natural and I personally think the red and green jelly looks a little scary and it reminds me of maraschino cherries which I hate!).


1. WEAR RUBBER GLOVES!! IF you don't your hands will burn for days and be careful to not touch any part of your body while handling the jalapenos. Wash and remove the stem of all 13 jalapenos; discard stems. Place 7 of the whole jalapenos in a food processor.

2. Remove the stems and seeds of the bell peppers. Chop into large pieces and add to the food processor.

3. Process the pepper mixtures until pureed.

4. Removed the seeds from the remaining 6 jalapenos and finely dice and set aside.

5. Add the pureed pepper mixture to a large sauce pan and add the lemon juice and vinegar. Bring to a boil then simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Remove the pepper mixture from heat and strain using cheese cloths or coffee filters. You should have a little over 1 cup of liquid.

7. Add the liquid back to the large sauce pan and add the diced jalapeno. Add the sugar to the mixture and bring back to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the liquid pectin and bring back to a rolling boil and cook for 1 minute. You can add the food coloring at this point if you wish.

8. Carefully ladle jelly into prepared canning jars leaving 1/4" of head space. Wipe any spilled jelly from the jar rims. Center lids on top of jars and tighten screw bands securely. Process jars in a water bath for 10 minutes. Test seal after cooling with finger. If the middle pops up the jar is not sealed.

Recipe modified from What's Cooking America.


  1. I made this recipe word for word and it turned out fantastic. Perfect consistency and flavor. I only added 2 drops of green food coloring so it wouldn't look artificial and it turned out a very nice light green. Thanks!

  2. Turned out great! Can't wait to pass em' out to my friends.

    You were right about the food dye. Next time I will skip that step.



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