Monday, August 18, 2008

Pepper Jelly

I've wanted to learn how to make my grandma's pepper jelly for a few years now, but I've been hesitant to try. It seemed so daunting, making and canning jelly, I mean who does that anymore? I did end up taking home a huge basket full of jalapenos and banana peppers from my grandparents a few days ago. I got home and wondered what I was suppose to do with them. Luckily had a bunch of garlic and tomatoes so I made some salsa. However, I still needed to use up a lot of peppers. Grandma to the rescue! I went down to her house where she proceeded to demystify the jelly making process. Really it was much easier than I had made it out to be. Plus her kitchen is much cooler and better equipped then mine.

I chopped up the jalapenos and banana peppers which was the most time consuming part.

Grandma used her dishwasher, which I don't have at home, to sterilize the jars.
I'm guessing this is a lot easier than boiling them all.

Here's a picture of most of the ingredients. It also called for a cup of cider vinegar which didn't make it to the picture party.

If cutting the peppers was the most time consuming step, stirring the damn jelly definitely wins for the most repetitive.

My grandma(who's name is Jeannine btw)made sure I was careful with the liquid lava, I mean boiled jelly as I moved it to the island. She wouldn't tell me what would happen if it fell on me but she made a lot of references to skin grafts.

Viola! I see bricks of cream cheese and a box of wheat thins in my future. And new pants.


  1. You are funny funny funny! And your pepper jelly is AMAZING.

  2. Those photos are great! I want your grandma's kitchen... and, um, a jar of that jelly. I remember you bringing it to my millennium New Year's Eve party (remember? the time when the world didn't end, and we all went on as usual, just with more bottled water and canned goods in our possession?) complete with cream cheese and wheat thins. :D

    Anyhoo, happy blogging!

  3. kisses to both of you!

    Sarah, I have pepper jelly with your name on it!

  4. Hey! Dont forget to send some pepper jelly up north. I think that Sundance and I will definitely have to try to make some. Although, with out the guidance of Grandma it might not turn out as good....and we might end up with a skin graft?? haha