Gingered Hot Pepper Jelly

Introduction: Gingered Hot Pepper Jelly

In a previous instructable I showed how I make Minted Hot pepper Jelly  Late last summer we ran out of mint but we still had hot peppers growing in large quantity so I decided to replace the mint with Ginger and we really liked the outcome.  This recipe is essentially the same as Minted Pepper jelly with two exceptions:
  • Ginger is substituted for mint
  • I try to use exclusively yellow, orange or red hot peppers while for the mint jelly I use green

Step 1: Warning: Handling Hot Peppers

• Use gloves when handling hot peppers.
• If the Capsaicin (which is what makes the heat in Chilies) gets in your eyes you will be miserable for a while.

Capsaicin affects epithelial tissue especially in the non keratinized epithelium in the mouth, esophagus, nose, and eyes.

  • What increases the heat?
  • • Water washes away the oils or mucus that protects tissues and so will increase the heat from Capsaicin.
  • • Anything that is salty or contains alcohol will increase the heat as well.
  • What decreases the heat?
  • • The fat in Cold milk bring the Capsaicin into solution and thus decrease a burning sensation (and according to Wikipedia caseins in milk have a detergent effect bringing capsaicin into solution to disolve it).
  • • Cold sugar solution (10%) at 20 °C (68 °F) is almost as effective.

Step 2: Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound of washed and chunked mixed hot Peppers
  • 1/3 cup fresh peeled Ginger
  • 4 cups sugar (I often mix 2 cups sugar with the Stevia equivalent of 2 cups sugar)
  • 2 cups of 5% apple cider vinegar
  • 2 packets of low sugar dry pectin

Step 3: Mince the Pepper & Ginger

In a food processor finely mince the peppers with the ginger and set aside

Step 4: Prepare the Pectin

Mix the dry pectin with about 1/2 cup of sugar and set aside.

Step 5: In a Medium Pot

• Mix the vinegar and remaining sugar
• Add the minced pepper & ginger to the pot
• Boil for 10 minutes over medium heat, while stirring periodically, to prevent burning.

Step 6: Add the Pectin Mixture

• Remove the pot from heat
• Add the pectin sugar mixture to the pot and stir briskly,
• Return the mix to the heat and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly

Step 7: Check for Proper Jell

• chill a metal tablespoon by sitting it in an ice water bath,
• Take a half spoonful of the pepper mix and let it cool on top of the ice to room temp

If it thickens up to the consistency of jelly it is ready. If not, mix in a little more pectin (about 1/3 to 1/2 of another package) and bring to a boil for 1 minute or cook a bit longer.

Step 8: Fill Sterile Jars

For the pepper jelly I use 8-12 ounce jars. I prepare the jars by running them and their their caps through the dishwasher. They can also be boiled in a large pot prior to filling

• Fill jars to within 1/8-inch of the top and screw on covers tightly
• Place in boiling bath 10 min and cool

Once cooled, the caps should be concave.


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    4 years ago

    can i use gelatin as a subsitute for pectin

    What could I use in replace of the gelatin so it can be made for vegans? (I'm not one, but one of my friends much fun to tease...:) )


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Pectin is not the same as gelatin...As far as I know pectin should be vegan and I think it comes from apple and other vegetable matter.....


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome! I love ginger pepper jelly! Nice presentation.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I have had raspberry pepper jam and have tasted crystallized ginger!

    I love pepper jam! I would love jelly also but have not tried it.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I suspect your pepper jam is similar if not the same as the jelly....and the making is easy...go for it!