In some parts of the U.S., a holiday party just isn't complete without pepper jelly, cream cheese and crackers. Homemade pepper jelly makes this appetizer a personal gift to guests. You'll want to follow proven guidelines for canning, which requires some precision but isn't difficult.
To make pepper jelly, try the Golden Pepper Jelly recipe from the National Center for Home Food Preservation, using 5 cups of chopped banana peppers in place of the bell peppers. You'll puree the peppers with other ingredients to make a pepper juice, then you'll add sugar and pectin to make jelly, then fill sterilized jars and process them to seal them. Pectin is a naturally occurring type of fiber that's found in apples, lemons, pears and other fruits and vegetables; peppers only have a small amount, so you'll need the added pectin in the recipe.
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- Andress, Elizabeth L. "Preparing and Canning Pickled Vegetables." National Center for Home Food Preservation. Mar. 2003. (Oct. 22, 2011) http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_06/yellow_pepper_rings.html
- "How to Grow Banana Peppers." Veggie Gardener. 2011. (Oct. 22, 2011) http://www.veggiegardener.com/veggies/banana-peppers/
- National Center for Home Food Preservation. "Making Jams and Jellies." Oct. 4, 2018. https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_07/golden_pepper_jelly.html
- National Center for Home Food Preservation. "Piccalilli." Oct. 4, 2018. https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_06/piccalilli.html
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