Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jalapeno Lemon Jelly-Small Batch

The jalapenos were gorgeous at the produce store so I came home with a big bag of them. After kicking several possibilities around I decided to make some Jalapeno Lemon Jelly. There are a lot of fun things going on with this jelly folks... Immediately you'll notice sweet and tart, then there's the flavor of the peppers and lemon, and finally it's followed up by a touch of heat-I likey! I've always enjoyed Jalapeno Jelly but, adding lemon really takes it to another level and adds to the flavor.
I've read you can use all lemon in lieu of the vinegar, I used half lemon/half vinegar.
Folks usually add green food coloring, I might try yellow the next time.
This recipe gave me about 2 1/2 C of jelly.

Jalapeno Lemon Jelly-Small Batch
4 oz Jalapenos* (about four 2 1/2" long chubby ones), cleaned and rough chopped
1 extra large jalapeno (mack daddy sized), cleaned and 1/4" diced
1/3 C cider vinegar
1/3 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tblsp dry regular pectin
2 C sugar
green (or yellow) food coloring-optional-I added one drop for giggles
  1. Add the chopped jalapenos and vinegar to either a food processor or blender. Blend until liquefied. (*I cleaned the seeds out of my pepper but left some of the membrane. If you don't want chunks of pepper in the jelly add the mack daddy one to the food processor too.)
  2. Add blended peppers, diced pepper, lemon juice and pectin to pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Add sugar and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring if using.
  5. Add to sterilized jars and process in a water bath for 10 minutes.
Wake up those taste buds and have a happy day:@)

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  1. My husband would love this on his toast with cream cheese at breakfast. We buy something similar at our farmers market in the summer with jalapenos and raspberries during their season. He likes it so much we buy half a dozen jars to last him through the winter.

  2. This sounds like such an interesting combo with the lemon addition Lynn! We had pomegranate pepper jelly over Christmas, love the sweet heat :)

  3. I think I'd spread a little of this over my hamburger.


  4. I love my pepper jelly poured over a block of cream cheese, get out the best crackers and, in the words of Earl,
    PIG OUT.....:)

  5. Thanks for the recipe. I am with BJ on comment using cream cheese. I love that stuff! Hugs and blessings, Cindy...PS--gotta pin this!

  6. I've made lots of jalapeño jelly but have never thought about adding lemon. That I will try.

  7. I think this would work well with cold cuts of meat.

  8. Mmmmmm...but yikes...that sounds tart and spicy! But good!

  9. We grew jalapenos the year before last, and I am planning to grow them again this year. (Last year I just got lazy. No other excuse.) I would like to make some pepper jelly this year myself. I know my husband would love to.

  10. I do like pepper jelly, with cream cheese...just as you show it. I've never had jalapeno jelly and never with a lemon flavor. I don't like things too hot, but this does sound good...adding the tart lemon to the sweet and heat.

  11. Lemon Jalapeño! How fun. We love pepper jelly and the addition of lemon sounds wonderful!

  12. Mmm it looks like Earl likes the jelly, Lynn. I've never tried the lemon in it, only the vinegar. I think I'd love the lemon in it, and it would take it, like you said, to another level for the taste buds. I'm glad you likey!!

  13. What a treat to have in your pantry, I bet this is delicious on all kinds of things! Your pig chef hat is too cute!

  14. Hi, a dear blogging friend told me about your blog.

    I love jalapenos, so this looks like a must-try! Thank you!

  15. This sounds really interesting and I like that it's a small batch.

  16. I love it when Earl cooks! He is quite the chef! xo

  17. We love pepper jelly, but I have only had it with red pepper and jalapeño, but lemon sounds delish.

  18. Hi Lynn,
    Your Jalapeno Lemon Jelly turned out so good, I am really excited to try the recipe. It will be awesome! Thanks so much for helping us celebrate Three Years at Full Plate Thursday. Have a good week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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