Photo: Kelsey Hansen; Food Styling: Margaret Dickey and Ivy Odom; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Active
45 min.
Total
24 hours, 45 min
Yield
Makes 9 (1/2 pt.) jars

This sweet heat jam is perfect for gifting and is delicious served over soft, creamy cheeses (like goat cheese, cream cheese, or Brie), whisked into salad dressings, and used as a glaze for grilled meats. If you want to kick the heat up a notch (it’s a gentle warm, as is), use 2-3 more jalapeños.  

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring cilantro, water, and 1/2 cup of the sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 30 minutes.

Step 2

Pulse red bell peppers, jalapeños, onion, and 1/2 cup of the vinegar in a food processor until finely chopped, 5 to 6 times. Pour cilantro mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a large Dutch oven, pressing cilantro with a wooden spoon to release flavors. Discard cilantro. Add pepper mixture, lime juice, and remaining 6 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup vinegar to Dutch oven. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high, stirring constantly; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in pectin. Return to medium-high, and return to a rolling boil, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes; skim off any foam with a metal spoon, if necessary.

Step 3

Ladle mixture into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rims. Center lids on jars, apply bands, and adjust to fingertip-tight. Place jars in boiling-water canner. Process as directed for 5 minutes.

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