If you don't use alcohol in your house you can use red wine, cider or plain white vinegar that is 5% acidity, but you will get a different taste to the jelly. Vicky adapted the recipe from "Cooking with Mary and friends" and ask me if it was safe for canning. Here is the recipe that is now a favorite on cream cheese with crackers or a baguette or smeared on chicken, pork or fish as a tangy finish when cooked. Thanks again Vicky for your inspiration.
Onion Garlic Pepper Jelly
1 3/4 cup dry white wine (Vicky used Pinot Grigio by Liberty Creek)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (If you don't use alcohol use 2 cups of vinegar)
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow sweet onion (you can use red onion as well - see below)
4 tbls. minced garlic
2 tsp. course-ground black pepper ( or freshly ground black pepper)
1 dried crushed long red chili peppers
1 dried crushed Jalapeno peppers (Vicky used 1 dried peter peppers)
1 pkg. Sure-Jell (pectin)
3 1/2 cups sugar
Preparation: Prepare 7 half pint jars, lids, and rings. Sterilize the jars and keep them in the hot water till it’s time for processing. Make sure to fill your water bath canner and get the water to a simmer. Prepare onions, peppers, and garlic.
Cooking: In a large stock pot stir together the wine, vinegar, onion, garlic, black pepper, crushed peppers and sure-jell. Bring mixture to a rolling boil over med-high heat stirring constantly. Quickly stir in sugar and bring back to a rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute
Filling the jars: On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel, ladle to fill to 1/4" headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace with the mixture if necessary. Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".
Processing: Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up. Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes. When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes. Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Gently shake jars once sealed from time to time to evenly distribute the onions, garlic and black pepper. Do not bang on the jars as you may unseal them. You can skip this step if you are uncomfortable with doing this step. Leave them on the dishtowels till the next morning.
Sealing: Sometime in the next hour your jars will be making a "pinging" or "popping" noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal.
Labeling: Make sure to label your jars after they have cooled with the name of the recipe and the date canned. If you want to use the shrink labels in the picture you can order them Here!
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