Dark Cherry Jalapeno Jelly

This dark cherry jalapeno jelly is amazing.  Sweet/Spicy – so good!

My Aunt Bea made pepper jelly for Christmas gifts every year when I was growing up.  The popular thing to do was to pour some of the jelly over cream cheese and use it as a spread on crackers.  Back when I was a kid I was such a picky eater – the thought of eating cream cheese made me throw up in my mouth a little, and my Aunt Bea made the jelly green so you could see the red pepper flakes.  I never ate any of it growing up!

Since I was given my deluxe canner I realized there is no excuse not to make my own jelly.  But I wanted to do something a bit different.  I though of making a cranberry jalapeno jelly, but would you believe even after Thanksgiving I could not find frozen cranberries.  WTF?  But I did find frozen dark cherries.  Huh.  I figured, why not?

this is a jar of dark cherry jalapeno jelly

Dark Cherry Jalapeno Jelly

Yield: 6 pint jars

Ingredients

  • 2 jalapeños with seeds, finely chopped
  • 12 oz. package of frozen dark cherries, thawed and chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 2 packages pectin (cooked according to instructions)

Instructions

    Prepare Ingredients:

    Finely chop the jalapeños, keeping the seeds for extra heat.
    Thaw the dark cherries and chop them into small pieces.
    Cook the Jalapeños and Cherries:

    In a large pot, combine the chopped jalapeños, chopped dark cherries, and apple cider vinegar.
    Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.

    Add Sugar:

    Gradually add the sugar, stirring constantly to dissolve.
    Once the sugar is completely dissolved, bring the mixture to a rolling boil.

    Add Pectin:

    Add the pectin to the boiling mixture according to the package instructions. Typically, this involves stirring the pectin into the boiling mixture and boiling for 1-2 minutes.
    Test for Gel Point:

    To test if the jelly has reached its gel point, use the spoon test: dip a cold metal spoon into the jelly mixture. If the jelly drips off in sheets, it is ready. If not, continue boiling and test again after a minute.

    Jar the Jelly:

    Once the jelly has reached the desired consistency, remove it from heat.
    Carefully ladle the hot jelly into sterilized canning jars, leaving about 1/4 inch of headspace at the top.
    Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.
    Place the lids on the jars and screw on the bands until fingertip-tight.

    Process the Jars:

    Place the filled jars into the canner.
    Make sure the jars are covered by at least 1-2 inches of water.
    Bring the water to a boil and process the jars for 10 minutes.
    After processing, carefully remove the jars from the canner and place them on a towel to cool.

    Check the Seals:

    After 24 hours, check the seals by pressing down on the center of each lid. If the lid does not pop back, the jar is properly sealed.
    Any jars that did not seal properly should be refrigerated and used within a few weeks.
    Store and Enjoy:

    Label the jars with the date and contents.
    Store the sealed jars in a cool, dark place. The jelly will keep for up to a year.
    Once opened, refrigerate and use within a few weeks.

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This dark cherry jalapeno jelly will be going into my out of town gift baskets.  It has the perfect balance of sweet and heat – you obviously taste the sweet first with 8 cups of sugar, but then the heat kind of creeps up on you.  I sent some to my cousin and his wife, and his wife sent me a message on Facebook saying that they ate almost one whole jar in the first sitting – winning!

I ended up getting a short walk in before work.  Even if it’s just 15 minutes, just being out in the fresh air puts such a positive spin on the day right off the bat.

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My daughter in law Lizz loves snowmen as much as I do, so every day so far this December I’ve sent her a picture of a snowman, whether it’s one of my coffee mugs, etc.

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Yep, holiday snowman earrings!  I actually love them and will probably wear them every other day until Christmas.

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A Day In My Life

My leftover steak from the night before morphed into this delicious potato roll steak sammie – this whole plate is just under 400 calories! 

I ended up having to go to Mariano’s to pick up stuff to bake last night, so my only walking was around the store.  Once I had gotten all my ingredients though, I still got my walk on and walked up and down the aisles for about 10 minutes.  

If there was surveillance cameras they would look and wonder what the hell I was doing.  Oh nothing – just getting my steps in is all!

So it was Day 2 of my Bizzy workout – holy balls that’s a lot of squats!  I did the lower number on this sheet – but still after doing four rounds of these exercises, my quads were on fire at the end.  This workout took me just over 50 minutes to complete.

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As I was leaving to come home I kicked myself for not having my swim suit – I would have been the only one in the pool! 

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So guess what I ate for dinner?

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I had my baking pants on and had no time to make a proper meal, but this plate was delish.  I kept noshing on it in between baking my cookies. 

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The last picture photo credit goes to Hannah.  She’s literally picked up my DSLR and takes better pics than me!  I need to take lessons from her.  Those cookies are for my office luncheon on Friday. 

I’ll make more to send to the out of town boxes on Saturday so they can all be shipped off on Monday.  Here is the link to the second cookie – it uses cake mix in the dough!

Here is a cute photo of Roman.  Love.

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That leaves me 20 minutes to shower, pack my gym bag, put my food together and make my coffee – no problem Open-mouthed smile Make it a great day!

Let me know if you make this dark cherry jalapeno jelly!

p.s.  if you want a simple fruit sauce, try my Very Berry Sauce – ready in five minutes!