There's a back story as to how I discovered this sweet and savory jelly. My story goes way back before my 26 year old son was born. A former neighbor of ours served a jar of her homemade red pepper jelly, along
with cream cheese and crackers at a neighborhood Christmas party.
I had never even heard of red pepper jelly, but I obediently prepared my cracker as she instructed me to do.
I asked my neighbor for the recipe,and she kept saying she'd get it to me. But, sadly, she never did. Then we moved away and on occasion, I would think about that jelly with a nostalgic longing for it. I did find a similar jelly made by Stonewall Kitchen. It's really delicious, at about $8.00 per jar. Still, I always wanted to make my own.
In recent years, I've searched high and low, for recipes for red pepper jelly. There are lots of them, and most of them use green bell peppers and lots of jalapeño peppers. I even saw some recipes that uses habanero peppers. Nope, that's not what I was looking for. I'm a whimp when it comes to really spicy foods, and I didn't want the taste of the jalapeños to overwhelm the sweetness of the red bell peppers.
Jarden Home Brands, the company that makes all of our beloved Ball and Kerr products, sent me a copy of their 37th Edition of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. The 37th edition of Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving offers 200 pages that will guide you while you learn about preserving. This book provides information about equipment and step-by-step instructions for each preserving method. Also included are over 500 recipes for canning, pickling, dehydrating, freezing food, and much more!
If you are at the stage of wanting to learn how to can-- this book has it all. I taught myself how to make jam for the first time, in 2009. I learned everything from the original Ball Canning Blue Book, starting with this strawberry jam, and a canning kit-- and I have discovered that canning isn't difficult at all! In fact, it's fun and addicting (more on that later). Now that I'm more advanced, I found plenty of new recipes that I will be making.
I am a frequent visitor to the Fresh Preserving Website. That is where I can find almost many recipes ideas for making jams and jellies (and more). I can watch "how to" videos and I order my canning supplies as well. I couldn't find a Red Pepper Jelly recipe, per se. So I adapted the Pepper Jelly Recipe by substituting red bell peppers, instead of green bell peppers.
Ball Canning Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker and the Ball Automatic Home Canning System. Yes, they cost some pretty pennies-- about $83.00 and $299.00 respectively. My kind of canning is "small batch" because I'm not canning enough food to last until the apocalypse. It's just the two of us. So, these two technical marvels makes my canning so much quicker-- like in one hour, I have six half-pint jars of preserves.
Ball® Design Series Jar Lids with Bands, in matching red. I just love them.
Or, you can use a canning pot with a rack and water can the old-fashioned and reliable way, too.
A printable recipe card is at the very end of this post- and I've also included a reduced-sugar recipe, as well. Just keep on scrolling down!
GIVEAWAY: On Saturday August 1st, Jarden Home Brands will host this year’s fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day, broadcast live online at FreshPreserving.com from 11AM – 4PM EST from the new state-of-the-art Jarden Home Brands headquarters in Fishers, Indiana. An event celebrating the joys of fresh preserving, Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where consumers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!
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Get canning! The sky is the limit with what you can make, and who doesn't love homemade canned goods as gifts?!