20 October 2011

Jalapeno Jams -- the PCR Keeps Going Up!

Yesterday, I canned 10 half-pints of blackberry
 jalapeno jam and 9.5 pints of candied jalapenos. 

I really need my Excel-expert DH to make a nice
little project-completion rate graph for me.
Maybe even a Power-Point presentation?
Visuals are good, you know.

Ever wonder how many jalapenos one needs
to make 9.5 pints of candied yumminess?
(one cel phone pic coming up...)

Observe the large 8-qt kettle up there.  Yeah...
(Best prep method here?  Put on a movie--and gloves--and start dicing.)
Now, if you're thinking these sound odd, wait. 
You really need to try them.
 I'm not even a big jalapeno fan.
But once I tried them, I was hooked. 
And so are my brothers and brothers-in-law
who get them for Christmas. 
(so, yay, I can now mark them as "done" on the Christmas list!
And it's not even Halloween.  Boo-yah!)

No, you do not eat these like normal jams. 
You simply put a softened brick of cream cheese
on a serving platter.  Pour jalapeno sauce of choice
 over the top and serve with tortilla chips. 
EASY PEASY and sooooo yummy! 
Great "football food"!

I've made strawberry and blackberry jalapeno jams
and the regular candied jalapenos but I'm really
thinking something with cranberries would be
festive and quite nom.

For the jams, I use this recipe:

But I put a good cup or two of jalapenos in it,
leaving the seeds in for heat and texture--
makes it better for dipping.
(is it me or is that an anaheim chili in the pic--not a jalapeno??)

I grow my own peppers, strawberries and
blackberries so it's a gift with a lot of heart in it. 

Happy harvesting, cooking, canning, 
home-making, gift-making...
Aw, heck.  Happy fall.  :o)

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Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

I have never had jalapeno jam before. Didn't even know such a thing existed. But now that I do, I am intrigued. I am a new follower from the Creation Corner Hop. Vicky from www.messforless.net

Veronica said...

My family love Jalepenos and would go crazy over the cheese with jalepenos. It looks so delish!

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