Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pecan Peach Pepper Preserves

Preserves that are sweet and a little hot.  Perfect served over cream cheese.  Or put a teaspoon on grilled pork chops or chicken and let melt into a sauce.

Pecan Peach Pepper Preserves

  • 3 pounds of peeled, pitted and finely chopped peaches
  • 7 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 large sweet red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 3-ounce pouch liquid pectin

Mix chopped peaches and 2 cups of the sugar in a non-reactive bowl or pot; cover and let stand about 30 minutes to macerate.
Mash the peaches, leaving some large chunks.
Use an immersion blender if you want the jam smoother.
Add peppers, zest, pecans and remaining sugar to the peaches.
Add lemon juice, vinegar and butter.
Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.
Stir in the pectin.
Return to a full rolling boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and use a metal slotted spoon to skim off any foam.
Ladle quickly into sterilized jars to within 1/8 inch of tops.
Wipe jar rims and treads.
Cover with two-piece lid.
Screw on bands.
Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
Makes about 9 half pints.

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