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Strawberry Jalapeno Jam…cha! cha! cha!

on 06/13/2011

Now some of you are thinking, “Is she insane?”  Possibly.  Quite possibly.  Given my family tree, my spouse (did i say that?) and the world we live in, who’s to say?  But when it comes to this jam, I say “Noooo.”  (You Tim Hawkins lovers know exactly which comedy bit i’m eluding to.)  Think Sweet and Spicy.   Smooth and Fiery.  Penelope Pussycat and Pepe LePew.

The naysayers are thinking, how could this possibly be used?  Imagine a block of cream cheese nestled on a nice serving dish surrounded by a ring of crackers.  Now imagine said cream cheese smothered in a beautiful, vibrant red glaze.  You slather a tasty-but-rather-plain cracker with the creamy, sweet, but spirited concoction and voila!  Your mouth has suddenly become a party zone.  It’s also wonderful on wraps, as a glaze for meats, and yes, I’ve even tried it with a peanut butter sandwich.  And i liked it.

This is the recipe I used so I know it works, but it’s not diabetic-friendly.  I’d be happy to share my Strawberry Jam with Splenda recipe with anyone and would bet you could add jalapenos to it and have favorable results.

Strawberry-Jalapeno Jam

  • 4 cups crushed strawberries
  • 1 cup minced jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 (2 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 8 half pint canning jars with lids and rings
Boil strawberries, jalapenoes, lemon juice, and pectin in a large saucepan over high heat. Once simmering, stir in the sugar until dissolved; return to a full boil and cook for 1 minute.
Pack the jam into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top.  Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any jam. Top with lids and rings.
Process in a water bath for ten minutes.  Turn off heat and allow jars to remain in pot for five additional minutes.  Remove jars and place on towels or a wooden surface (I invert jars for 10 minutes to insure that they seal.)  Wait for 24 hours and check lid to be sure it has sealed.


2 responses to “Strawberry Jalapeno Jam…cha! cha! cha!

  1. Steve Scott says:

    Looks amazing kiddo!~ Can’t wait to give this one a shot 🙂

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