Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Available online and at your local retailer May 2014 Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
That feeling comes from more than the knowing that even after the last fruits and vegetables are picked from their plants, my family will continue eating good quality food that was raised start to finish with no chemicals, food that was handled in the most sanitary way possible. I also find satisfaction in the joy that comes from experimenting with the many creative ways to preserve what we've grown.
I was recently introduced to jalapeno jelly and thought the contrast between sweet and spicy was fantastic. Using the following recipe, I now have a new way of preserving some of my jalapeno crop.
When making jalapeno jelly, the level of heat you achieve with each batch can vary depending on the amount of capsaicin that finds its way into your mixture. It is commonly believed that putting the seeds of a pepper in the dish you are preparing will increase the level of heat. The majority of capsaicin is actually stored in the membranes within a pepper. The seeds, being attached to the membrane, pick up some of that capsaicin. So if you've learned something new and you plan to make jalapeno jelly, you can skip adding those chewy seeds because there is a better way to add heat.
When working with peppers containing capsaicin, it's a good idea to wear rubber or latex gloves if you will be dicing them with a knife instead of some sort of mechanical chopper. I have diced hundreds of hot peppers in my lifetime and never experienced a problem with my skin being sensitive to capsaicin. When making this batch of jelly, I had my first reaction and by the time I was finished dicing, I was wishing I had been more cautious.
When deciding how hot you want your jelly, remember the more membrane material you add the hotter your jelly will be. If 15 jalapenos seems like a lot, feel free to use fewer! If it doesn't seem like enough, add more! However, we like our food very spicy and 15 jalapenos with membranes definitely made my jelly hot enough.
I've been enjoying jalapeno jelly on warm biscuits and as a topping to bagels spread with cream cheese and I'm anxious to find new ways to add it to our meals.
Yields: 5 (1/2 pint) jars
1 1/2 cup apple juice
1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
15 jalapeno peppers finely diced
1 (2 ounce) package of powdered pectin
5 cups granulated sugar
Choose jalapenos that are fresh and firm, with no wrinkles or bad spots. Wash and dry them and cut off the stem ends. Cut the peppers in half from top to bottom and remove the seeds. Remove membranes (or just part of them) if you desire a milder jelly. Finely dice the jalapenos with a knife or using a chopper taking care to protect your skin and eyes from the inside parts of the peppers.
Place the diced jalapenos, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and powdered pectin in a stockpot, stirring until thoroughly mixed. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the sugar and bring the mixture to a boil again. Boil 1 minute longer, stirring constantly, making sure the sugar dissolves and you are left with a transparent syrup.
Pour the syrup into hot 1/2 pint size canning jars that have been sterilized, leaving 1/4 inch of head space in each jar. Cap with sterilized canning lids and rings. Process the jars of jelly for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Instructions for the proper process for a boiling water bath can be found here on the Ball website.