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Pepper Jelly

Making your own pepper jelly can be fun and interesting!
The combinations are endless, delicious, aromatic and rewarding. They make great gifts which are very inexpensive to make.

The basic recipe is :
4 large green bell peppers (seeds removed)
1/2 cup fresh hot red peppers, about 12, OR 4 tablespoons crushed dried red pepper(seeds removed) 
7 cups sugar 
1 1/2 cups white vinegar 
green food coloring 
2 bottles liquid pectin, (6 oz each)

In a large pot, place peppers that have been finely chopped, (use juice and pulp), sugar and vinegar.
Bring to a full boil; reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. 
Add green food coloring and pectin.
Stir well. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat; reduce heat and boil 1 minute.
Remove from heat and pour mixture into hot dry, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving a 1/4-inch head space.
Seal immediately.
Process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes; remove jars and let cool upright.
Makes 16 1/2 pint jars