It's no secret that I'm a fan of the sweet kicky deliciousness that is red pepper jelly. I've written about it before on my blog and it remains my to-go for quick appetizers or an afternoon snack. Previously, I relied on jelly from the farmer's market, but last weekend my lovely friend Rachele asked if I'd like to help her whip up a homemade batch. What a ridiculous question. Of course I do!
For future reference: Yes. I want to make jam/jelly/bread/cheese/pie/cake/dumplings/perogies/fresh pasta with you and you and you. I'd be at home making these things anyways and who doesn't love company and an extra pair of hands to do the dishes?
Rachele has canned before so she had all the necessary supplies. Plus she'd picked out mini canning jars for gift-giving purposes and loaded up on red peppers and jalapenos so we were all ready to go. If you've never worked with canning jars or a water bath before before then I'd suggest reading Simple Bite's Canning 101 Post. It lays out the procedure nicely.