Making and canning jam is a fun and easy project. I have made strawberry and mixed berry jam before but for the first time, I made Pepper Jam. I love having items in my pantry that I can use to make a great appetizer. Pepper jam works wonderfully on a charcuterie board or with baked brie for a quick and easy appetizer. Today I am going to share two wonderful pepper jelly and jam recipes.
I made Orange and Red Pepper Jam and Cranberry Pepper Jam.
Before I get into the details, I did a bit of research to answer one important question, “what is the difference between jam and jelly”? The answer is: In jelly, the fruit comes in the form of fruit juice. … In jam, the fruit comes in the form of fruit pulp or crushed fruit. I had originally titled this blog post “Easy Homemade Jelly”. Once I read this, I changed the title to “Pepper Jelly and Jam Recipes”. Just to be safe.
There are a lot of Pepper Jam recipes and I have to say that without a doubt my favorite recipe was the one I created for Cranberry Pepper Jam. The pepper taste isn’t too strong and it has a bit of a kick. I absolutely love it.
Most pepper jams include more than one kind of peppers. I used red and orange peppers as well as jalapeno, serrano and habanero peppers. I am not a fan of green peppers so I ended up leaving them out.
There is a bit of prep involved when making Pepper Jam. There is a lot of slicing and dicing and it is way easier if you happen to have a food processor.
Clean and core the peppers first and then cut them into less than 1″ thick pieces. Cut the pieces relatively the same size so your end result will be similar sized pieces after they are chopped in the food processor.
When you make jam or jelly, you need to decide if you want to store it in the refrigerator or pantry. If you want to can it for dry storage there are some safety measures you need to use to sterilize and seal your jars. Don’t be overwhelmed or intimidated as it’s not that hard. You just want to be safe. For specific steps of what you need to do, head to the Ball® Jar website.
Traditional Red and Orange Pepper Jellies (or jams) have a distinct pepper taste. It’s great with almost every kind of cheese. Open a jar and add it to a charcuterie board with lots of fun options.
One last tip. I bought the hot peppers but when I got them home I couldn’t remember which one was which. But a quick google search solved that problem!