Hot Pepper Jelly

This year we had a bumper crop of peppers. In addition to stringing over 100 hot peppers, we sliced and froze 10 gallons of bell peppers, made pepper relish and hot pepper jelly.  This this the first time I have made pepper jelly, the recipe that I used was from the University of California.  It was very quick and easy to make.

Pepper Jelly

4 or 5 Hot peppers cored and chopped

4 medium Bell peppers cored and chopped

1 cup white vinegar (5%)

5 cups white sugar

1 pouch liquid pectin

*Put half the peppers and half of the vinegar into a blender; cover and process until peppers are liquified.  Repeat with remaining peppers and vinegar.

*Combine the pepper and vinegar mixture with the sugar in  a large saucepan and boil slowly for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

*Add liquid pectin and boil hard for 1 minute.

*Skim foam from the top of the jelly.  Pour Jelly into canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.

*Process 1/2 pint or pint  jars in hot water bath canner as follows:

0-1000 ft  – 5 mins

1001-6000 ft – 10 mins

above 6000 ft – 15 mins

Yield – 5 half pint jars

We really liked this recipe.  The jelly is very flavorful but not too. It is really good served over a soft cheese, like cream cheese, with crackers.  If I get ambitious, I might even get really crazy and try making homemade cream cheese.

Getting ready for fall

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind around here.  Here are some of the fun and not so fun things that have been keeping us busy.

* A 3 day trip to the Mother Earth News Fair at the beautiful Seven Springs Mountain Resort in PA…….So much fun!

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*Picked lots of peppers!  Some peppers we hung to dry, some we sliced and put in the freezer, and some became hot pepper jelly.

*Of course, there is always plenty of firewood to be cut, split and stacked this time of year.

*This stinky big guy has come for a visit with some of our older does.  Given his pungent presence, I am more than ready for him to finish his visit and be on this way.

Also on the completed list of tasks this past week were…

* Weeded the grapes, blueberries and raspberries in preparation for fall mulching.

* Picked and froze the remainder of the corn

*Tilled most of the garden – planted cover crop

*Pulled summer annuals out of flower beds  and started decorating for fall.

Now that fall is offically here, there is so much to be done to get ready for winter but we are certainly making great progress.  I have to admit that I am really enjoying the cool, crisp air and am looking forward to seeing the flakes fly!