Home Made Red Chilli Jelly

by Hot Juan on January 11, 2010 · 0 comments

in Recipes

This Red Chilli Jelly uses no colouring or added pectin, all the pectin coming from the Granny Smiths Apples and Cranberries.

Red Chilli Jelly

Red Chilli Jelly


  • 2Kg Granny Smiths Apples (Chopped)
  • 10 Red Chillies (Chopped)
  • 100g Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Large Red Peppers (Chopped)
  • 750 ml Cider Vinegar
  • 750 ml Water
  • 700g Sugar

Do not peel or core the apples, just wash them, coarsely chop them, we do not want to waste any of their natural goodness or pectin. Remove the stems from the Pepper and Chillies and cut into slices, place all the ingredients except the sugar into a large heavy bottomed stainless stockpot.

Chopped Ingredients

Chopped Ingredients

Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30-40 minutes, remove from the heat and then use a potato masher to mash the pulp to a fine sauce (I used my blender to make mine extra smooth as I did not wish to miss any flavour).

At this point I could have just bottled this as a excellent and tasty sauce, but to make into a jelly you need to strain the pulp to remove as much of the flesh as possible. To do this I used two layers of muslin in a colander and then it drip overnight (I left mine about 24 hours) into a large pan.

I now have a slightly thickened silky bright red liquid , place this in a large sauce place and add the sugar and heat gently until all the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil, you will need to occasionally skim any scum from the surface.

You will need to keep watching and boiling the mixture until it reaches the correct levels of sugar and  pectin to water (The water is being slowly boiled away), you can test for this by dripping a little of the liquid onto a cool plate and letting it cool for a minute, then push with a finger if the surface winkles it is ready, if it is still runny keep going!

When ready, carefully pour the hot liquid into sterilised jars. For me this made approx 800 ml of jelly

Last night we had this with roast chicken as a condiment, even my 3 year old daughter liked it!
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