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Friday, September 18, 2009

A Peck of Peppers

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Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

My translation:

Me, myself and I picked a peck of sweet peppers

A peck of sweet peppers I did pick

If I did indeed pick a peck of sweet peppers

Where’s the peck of sweet pepper me, myself and I did pick?

Ready for the answer…

 

In a jar of jelly!

Scrappy Sue over at My Home Wellingtontown gave me the idea. She made a comment the other day about making a relish with all my green peppers. That was just enough of a push to get me thinking past just chopping them up on a salad!

So I dusted off the old mason jars, got busy doing an internet search for exactly what to do with my plethora of green peppers, and then went to the story for supplies.

I did not exactly find any relish recipes (if y’all have any good relish recipes I would love to give them a try) but I did come across several recipes for pepper jelly.

It seemed simple enough so I gave it a go.

 

Chop and chop…

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and chop and chop

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And yes I cold have used my food process or but then I would have had to clean it.

Sterilize the jars and lids.

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Add 6, yes SIX cups of sugar, 1 cup chopped peppers, 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar and stir, stir stir...

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Remove for heat and add pectin, I have never made jelly before so I am unfamiliar with this product. The recipe called for 4 ounces but the package failed to tell me exactly how many ounces were in each pouch. But one recipe I found said to use two pouched so I felt safe that I was on the right track.

The recipe also called for four drops of green food coloring.

Well when was the last time you saw the old fashioned little bottles of food coloring in the grocery store.

Y’all remember these.

Does your grocery store still carry these???

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I bought a tube of green cake decorating gel, which did nothing but evaporate completely when it got stirred in the the jelly. After the entire tube was squeezed in the jelly it was still not the right color.

Thankfully I had a jar of wilton cake decorating food color and was able to get the desired tint of green for the jelly.

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Pour into to jars.

This was a bit messy and the recipe said it would yield 6 pint jars but I only yielded 4,

A pint is a pint is a pint…right????

Into a water bath for five minutes…

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and Taaaaaaa Daaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Pepper Jelly

Y’all I feel like Caroline Ingalls

Caroline ingalls

Shalom

Robin

7 comments:

skoots1mom said...

oh, they're so pretty...bet you're eager to taste them. well done...this will beso good w/ your next lamb chops

p.s. i survived golf...and it DIDN'T rain...i updated my post with a pic :)

scrappysue said...

yay - i'm an inspiration! you did good, although i would have left out the food colouring - those peppers were a gorgeous colour all on their own! very cool indeed- thanks for the linky love

Robynn's Ravings said...

What a worker bee! I haven't canned in years and we are big fans of HOT pepper jelly. I've never made it. Everything looks beautiful. :)

Granny on the Web said...

Well it certainly looks yummy.
Very inspiring post, must get creative with some of the glut of Vegetables which are about just now.
Love Granny

Robin said...

Using food coloring was a new idea for me...nice to meet you robin.

a portland granny said...

Your jars are beautiful. That was a lot of work. You didn't tell us if it was good! Sounds good....and it will sure look pretty on your shelves!

Those weren't bell peppers, were they? They looked like Anaheim (sp?) which I sometimes buy for a little different taste.

You are to be congratulated on your garden! Thanks for sharing the fruits of your labors with us!

Nel said...

Your jelly looks so pretty! I have not canned in several years besides salsa. My mom always canned every year!
We had problems with bugs this year on our flowers. They were terrible.
Thanks for sharing and good luck this year on your garden.

until next time... nel

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