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MCP® Pepper Jelly

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Instead of bell peppers, I opted for jalapeno peppers. Everyone in my famiy raved. This recipe has been added to my regular fall canning routine.
posted by
musethalia
on 10/5/2005
time
prep:
45 min
total:
3 hr
servings
total:
About 5 (1-cup) jars or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
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What You Need

3
cups  prepared juice (buy about 5 to 7 medium green or red bell peppers)
2
cups  water
1
cup  cider vinegar
1
box  MCP Pectin
1/4
tsp.  butter or margarine
4
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl

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 peppers; discard seeds. Finely chop or grind peppers. Measure 2 cups of the prepared peppers into large saucepan. Add water and vinegar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, uncovered, 15 min. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth or a jelly bag in large bowl. Pour pepper mixture into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 3 cups juice into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot.

STIR in pectin. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 2 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. 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 two-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 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Variation - Jalapeno Pepper Jelly
Substitute 1 lb. jalapeno peppers for the bell peppers. Or, use half of each kind of pepper.
How to Measure Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cups, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight- edged knife.
Altitude Chart
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.
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