In this case, chili jam, and that's not as weird as you might think. Made with homegrown peppers and chilies (or store bought, they work great too) this jam brings to mind good memories, of past family holidays. Memories of Mum spooning hot pepper jelly (properly hot pepper jelly too!) over a block of cream cheese to make a spread for crackers so we could have snacks during holiday parties with our relatives. This recipe is a little thicker than a traditional jelly, and it sets well.
Try this jewel bright jam on buttered bread, chicken, pork, poured over cream cheese to make a party spread, used a bbq glaze on grilled or baked meats, etc. One of my favorite uses for it is as a hot dip for fried chicken hearts.
|De-seed the bell peppers, but leave the seeds in the chilies if |
you want the heat.
Sweet Hot Chili Jam
2 chopped bell peppers (color of your choice)
1 cup (about 6-7) of chopped chilies (preferably matching in color)
1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar6 cups of white sugar
1 package of JamSetta powdered pectin
1 packet of Kleerview squares
1. Wash and sterilize your jam jars, and keep handy in a pot of not quite boiling water.
|JamSetta pectin and Kleerview covers|
3. Add the JamSetta and stir well. Bring to a boil a second time, for 1 minute. Test the jam for set by spooning a small amount onto a saucer that was chilled in the freezer. If it thickens and isn't runny, you are ready to bottle. Remove from heat, and skim the scum off the surface.
|Red and green chili jams. (Yellow chili jam not pictured)|
4. Pour your jam into your sterilized jars using a bottling funnel. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean cloth. Dampen the side of a Kleerview cover, spread evenly over the top of the jar, and secure with a rubber band.
5. Leave the jars to cool, undisturbed, until the tops are sealed. Store in a cool, dry place.
Pepper color makes a difference. Use all green peppers/chilies for a nice green color and a gentle spiciness. Use red peppers and chilies for a little more heat. Use yellow bell peppers for a sweet, no heat jam, or add orange habaneros for a bigger kick. The spiciness can be altered depending on the type of chili you use. Have fun and experiment!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I look forward to when I myself can make it again. :) Check back in tomorrow and see what I have to post for K!