Sweet Bell Pepper Jelly

This refreshing jelly made with fresh sweet red and yellow bell peppers and lemons is delightful on toast or biscuits. The color of the jelly is a sunny golden orange. You may replace some of the bell peppers with hot peppers if you dare . . . or replace the chili powder with cinnamon for a sweeter taste.

You'll need more pectin than you typically use. But, this jelly is really about the flavor--it's bursting with fresh, tangy pepper gusto! Try our Pepper Jam for a thicker condiment, and try our Pepper Jelly Sauce for a sweet and sour delight on chicken, pork, vegetables, noodles, or rice . . . or, our Barbeque Sauce for ribs.

1 1/4 lbs yellow bell peppers

1 1/4 lbs red bell peppers

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

pinch cayenne, optional

1 cup vinegar

1 cup lemon juice (from 3-4 lemons)

2 lemons, grated rind of

1 tsp salt

4 1/2 cups sugar

8 oz liquid fruit pectin (1 pack)

Zest 2 lemons and juice all of them to make 1 cup of juice. Chop peppers and remove the seeds and pith; puré in food processor. Mix peppers, vinegar, juice, and rind in a Dutch oven or stockpot on the stove; add spices. Stir in the sugar and boil 5 minutes; add pectin and boil 1 minute.

Skim if necessary. Ladle into sterilized jars and steam 10 minutes in canning pot. Steam with lids loosely attached, then tighten and cool on wire rack. Allow several days to set. Store in a cold place.

Using a pressure canner will improve the safety of your jelly, but the acidity of this condiment adds to its preservative qualities.

Pepper Jelly Glazed Ribs
Adding the juice from a wedge of lime and a splash of tequila to this jelly turns it into a tangy glaze for ribs or other meat.
Bell peppers & lemons

This pepper jelly can be added to sweet and sour sauce to improve the flavor. If you have a commercial bottled sauce that lacks flavor, a few tablespoons of this tangy jelly will make a world of difference! We're working to bring you a Bell Pepper Chicken Wings recipe using this splendid jelly. . . .

Yields 6 - 18 fluid oz jars

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