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Red Pepper Jam: An Easy, Delicious Treat

  • September 14, 2012
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Red Pepper Jam: An Easy, Delicious Treat

I was introduced to this crack-like substance by my husband’s Aunt Maggie who gave us a half-pint jar she’d made from her own small stash during our Thanksgiving canned goods swap last fall. It collided with a log of fresh goat cheese and some herb-covered crackers and lasted all of half an hour.

This stuff is seriously delicious. It’s amazingly tasty with cream cheese and lox on a bagel, as a spread on a sandwich, with goat cheese and crackers, or lots of other ways.

The good news is that it is not very hard to make (whether or not you end up canning it.) But you really need to make it now before sweet pepper season ends. You do not have to use red peppers though the color of the jam will be prettier if you do. So go buy a boatload of sweet peppers (or harvest your own if you’ve got ‘em). Then get jamming.

Red peppers by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

The steps are pretty simple – you blend or cuisinart (yes, I use that as a verb) the peppers, then salt and let drain for a few hours.

Draining the salted pepper mixture by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Then add sugar and vinegar and simmer down to a thick, jammy consistency.

Simmering the red pepper jam by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Then can it (or if you prefer to make a really small batch, just store it in an airtight container once it’s cooled down.) But I suggest you make enough to can at least a few jars – once you’ve tasted this stuff, you’re going to want them. They also make great gifts.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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6:55PM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

Sounds just about like jalapeno pepper jelly. I love it and will try this recipe. I presume by red peppers you mean red jalapenos. I wish you had stated what kind of red peppers. There are red bell peppers also.

4:32AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Sounds excellent - can't wait to try it!

11:09AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Love it. Thanks

6:39PM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

Sounds really good, I'll have to definitely try this! Thank you!

6:26PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I normally buy this when i's available at Christmas time.
There are few things that can beat the taste of pepper jelly/jam...

1:35PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Thanks Eve.

9:44AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

What?!

4:13AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

Now that's definitely out of the box thinking. Let's call it out of the jar thinking. I'd like to try it.

3:35PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

I use red pepper everyday, nice to know about it. Thanks :)

12:13PM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Sounds good, must try it.

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