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CERTO® Five Pepper Jelly

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Five types of peppers (mild and hot) are cooked briefly with sugar, fruit pectin and seasonings then processed in a canner for a savory, spicy jelly.
time
prep:
45 min
total:
4 hr 5 min
servings
total:
6 (1-cup) jars or 96 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
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What You Need

3
cups  prepared peppers (buy 2 large red bell peppers, 1 large green bell pepper and 4 large jalapeno or serrano peppers)
1/2
 of a small onion, finely chopped
2
tsp.  salt, divided
1-1/2
cups  red wine vinegar
1/2
cup  fresh lemon juice
1/2
tsp.  chili powder
1/2
tsp.  crushed red pepper
1/4
tsp.  ground red pepper (cayenne)
5
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
1/2
tsp.  butter or margarine (optional)
2
pouches  CERTO Fruit Pectin
2-1/2
tsp.  whole cumin seeds, toasted

Make It

BRING boiling-water canner, half-full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.

STEM and halve all peppers; discard seeds. Finely chop peppers. Measure exactly 3 cups chopped peppers into colander. Add onion and 1 tsp. of the salt; let stand in colander 3 hours, pressing occasionally with back of spoon to extract as much moisture as possible. Place pepper mixture in 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Add vinegar, lemon juice, remaining 1 tsp. salt and the spices; mix well.

STIR sugar into prepared peppers in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming, if desired. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer 10 min., stirring occasionally.

STIR in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in cumin seeds. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min.. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
Altitude Chart for Cooked Jams and Jellies
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.
How to Measure Dry Ingredients Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of dry ingredients, such as sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cup, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife or metal spatula.
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