My cousin’s husband, Colin, was celebrating his 70th Birthday, and he loves chillies, though he always says that there is never enough chilli for his liking! I decided to make him chilli sherry, chilli vodka and this pretty chilli jam as a gift.
Category: Jam, Preserves, Sauce
Quantity: 1 litre (32 fl oz)
- 500 g 1 lb red capsicums
- 250 g 8 oz red chillies
- 315 ml 10 fl oz white vinegar
- 1 kg 2 lb white sugar
- 185 g 6 oz lightly packed soft brown sugar
- ½ tsp salt
Remove the seeds and membrane from the capsicum and chilli. Cut the capsicum into quarters or thirds so that you have large flat pieces. Place on a tray, skin-side-up and cook under a hot grill until the skin blackens and blisters. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap until cool enough to handle, then remove the skin.
Place the capsicum and chilli in a food processor with 60 ml/2 fl oz of the vinegar, and process until finely chopped.
Transfer the capsicum and chilli mixture into a large pan and add the remaining vinegar along with the salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the white and brown sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
Increase the heat and bring to the boil, boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
Remove from heat and immediately pour into clean warm jars and seal. Label and date.
Store in a cool, dark place for up to 12 months.
- This jam is best left for 1 month before opening, thus allowing the flavours to develop.
- The jam does not set like traditional jams, it has a more sauce like consistency.
- The original version of this recipe can be found in Homemade Jams and Preserves, Family Circle – Step-by-Step, Murdoch Books, p 71. I have increased the amount of chillies and added salt to the mix.