Sweet and Sour Jam – Not Just for Chicken


1 habanero pepper

3 cups fresh apricots, pitted and  chopped 1cup shallots, sliced into thin  slivers

1/2 cup green bell pepper,  chopped

1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped  1/2 cup fresh pineapple, chopped  1/4 cup cherry tomatoes,  chopped 2cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro  1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime  juice

1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered  fruit pectin

6 cups white sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed  1/2 teaspoon butter

9 sterilized half-pint canning jarsĀ  with lids and rings


Wearing rubber gloves and avoiding touching your eyes or face,  seed and mince the habanero pepper. Place the habanero pepper,  apricots, shallots, green and red bell pepper, pineapple, cherry  tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, cumin, and lime juice into a large pot over  medium heat, and stir in the pectin until dissolved. Bring the mixture  to a boil, and mix in the white and brown sugars, stirring until  completely dissolved. Return the jam to a full rolling boil, add the  butter to reduce foaming, and boil hard for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring  constantly.

Turn off heat, and skim and discard any foam that forms on the jam.  Pack the jam into the sterilized jars, and top each with a sterilized  lid and ring.

Simmer the filled jars in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes, then  remove the jars and store upside-down on a cloth towel for about 5  minutes. Turn right side up, and allow the lids to seal (listen for the  popping sound). Let jars cool completely.

Rain Arora

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