Jam is an age-old delicacy that spreads across borders and cultures. It can be made from a variety of fruits and vegetables and there are endless possibilities.
This recipe for pepper jam is one of my absolute favourites, combining both sweet and spicy into one delicious spread. It comes from my friend and fellow WWOOFer Faustine.
- 2 cups chopped sweet red pepper
- ½ cup finely chopped and seeded hot red chillies (jalapeno or bird’s eye are recommended depending on taste)
- 5 cups sugar
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 5 apple cores
- Warm the vinegar in a large pot, stirring in the sugar until it is melted.
- Add the pepper, chillies and lemon juice to the pot. Also add the apple cores wrapped in cloth. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once boiling, turn the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and strain the mixture, removing the apple cores along with the pieces of pepper and chillies.
- Add some of the chilli pieces back in according to personal taste and appearance.
- Boil the mixture for 1 minute.
- Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool while stirring regularly.
- Pour the mixture into jars and ensure they are air tight.
- Store the jars of jam in the fridge or the pantry, depending on the desired consistency.
Serve the pepper jam with bread or cheese for a delicious treat!