Thursday, December 9, 2010

December Can Jam-Pepper/Dried Fruit Relish

We made it! Barely, the early posting deadline this month made it look doubtful at times. But, with this post, Lisa and I made it through the year of the Tigress Can Jam, plus our assorted extra projects. I'll do a favorites post in the next week or two.

But for December, dried fruit:

From the Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving:

1 c. diced sweet red pepper
1c. chopped dried apricots
3/4 c. chopped onion
1 apple, peeled cored and chopped
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp. minced candied ginger
1/4 tsp each, cinnamon, mace and salt
1/8 tsp cayenne

Combine all ingredients except spices and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover and boil for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add spices and cook for about 15 minutes (recipe calls for 5 minutes, but peppers gave off a lot of liquid and needed to cook down a little).  Note:  we doubled the recipe to make 5 jars.

Ladle into jars and process for  10 minutes in a hot water bath.

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