Pepper Jelly Recipe
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Pepper Jelly Recipe

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This spicy-sweet jelly is colored for Christmas...and flavored right for year-round use. Our test kitchen staff recommends spreading it on crackers with cream cheese for a snack or serving it as an accompaniment to pork roast.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: "Prep: 30 min. Process: 5 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: "Prep: 30 min. Process: 5 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 7 medium green peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 1/2 teaspoon canning salt
  • 5 cups sugar
  • About 8 drops green food coloring, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoon: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Place the jalapeno, half of the green peppers and half of the vinegar in a blender or food processor; puree. Pour into a large bowl. Puree remaining green peppers and vinegar; add to the bowl. Add apple juice; mix well. Cover and chill overnight. Strain through several layers of damp cheesecloth. Measure 4 cups juice into a Dutch oven (add water if needed to make 4 cups). Stir in pectin and salt; bring to a rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar; return to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Add food coloring if desired. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: about 6 half-pints.
Originally published as Pepper Jelly in Country Woman July/August 1995, p61

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Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"Great recipe. Was wondering if I could use this same recipe with red peppers???"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"I used my juicer and apple cider 'flavored' vinegar and about 1/4 teaspoon butter to settle the foam and this jam set up wonderfully. Made two batches right away and the first batch was set by the time I finished with the second one! Next time will try more jalapeno for a bit more hot flavor for our taste. Will make again and often. Think it will be great with a red jelly at Christmas as gifts!"

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