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Cranberry Pepper Jelly Nann Wride Zeeman

I usually make this around Thanksgiving time, and serve it over a brick of cream cheese with crackers, while we are cooking Thanksgiving dinner. These make the best Christmas gifts with a box of crackers and cream cheese. You can use Pomonas natural pectin or regular pectin as a short cut. The Pomonas does come out a little chunky if not mixed well. I did this a few times and bagged it. Now I use regular pectin. This makes 31/2 pints or 112 Tablespoons

Serves 112people
1 1/2
cups fresh cranberries roughly chopped
1 1/2
cup red bell pepper finely chopped, about 1 1/2 peppers worth
large jalapeno peppers finely minced, about 2/3 cup worth
serrano peppers finely minced, about 1/3 cup worth
cups plain white vinegar
cups sugar divided
tbsp Pomona’s Universal Pectin * or regular pectin
tsp calcium water *
Combine the cranberries, bell peppers, jalapenos, serranos, and vinegar in a large deep pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. While the mixture comes to a boil, shake together the calcium water according to the package directions. In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of Pomona’s pectin.
When the mixture on the stove is boiling, add the calcium water and sugar/pectin mixture. Stir and bring to a boil again. When the sugar and pectin have dissolved, about a minute of simmering, add in the remaining 5 cups of sugar all at once. Stir to combine and bring to a roiling boil. (A roiling boil will continue to boil across the entire surface even while stirring.)
Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute and then remove from the heat. Remove from the heat and pour into sterile jars. Process in a hot water bath and then store in a cool dark place for up to a year. Alternatively, this jam may be stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. The jam will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month or alternatively, you can freeze it for up to 6 months. Enjoy!
You’ll notice two unusual additions to the recipe; calcium water and Pomona’s Universal Pectin. The calcium water comes in the box along with the Pomona’s, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing them separately.

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