Friday, August 8, 2014

Peach, Jalapeno and Bell Pepper Preserves

Oh my!!!  You sooo have to try this!  It's easy and absolutely delicious!  It's also quite versatile in its use.  You can eat it on bread with some butter or cream cheese, put it in quesadillas, dip your coconut shrimp or chicken nuggets (even fish sticks!), or any other way.  It is simply delicious! And no, despite the jalapenos, it is not spicy at all.  The sweetness of the fresh peaches and red pepper combine perfectly with the jalapenos.  This keeps very nice in the fridge for 3-4 weeks or up to one year in the freezer.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-5 lbs peaches
-2 jalapenos, seeded and finely minced
-1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
-3 cups sugar
-6 Tbs lime juice
-1/3 cup fruit pectin (instant is fine)
Directions:
Peel the peaches and roughly chop them.  Add all of the ingredients in a large pot over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer, lower the heat and cook for about 1 hour.  It will still be liquidy.
Remove from the heat and let it cool completely (about 2 hours).  By this time it should have congealed in a preserve-like manner.  
Ladle into jars and let it sit on the counter, at room temperature, for 30 minutes.  Put the lids on and store in the fridge for 3-4 weeks, or in the freezer for up to one year.  Enjoy!

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