Habernaro Marmalade

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1 3/4 ounces (4 to 5) fresh habanero chilies

1 1/2 pounds red bell peppers

1 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar

6 1/2 cups sugar

2 pouches (3 oz. each) liquid pectin


1. Place 7 clean canning jars (1-cup size), rings, and new lids in a 6- to 8-quart pan. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat; leave in water until ready to use.

2. Wearing rubber gloves remove and discard stems and seeds from chilies.

3. Cut off curved tops and bottoms from bell peppers; discard stems and save pieces. Cut off and discard white membranes; save seeds. Slice straight pepper sides into 1/8- by 2 1/2-inch strips.

4. In a blender, whirl chilies, bell pepper tops and bottoms, and 1/2 cup vinegar until a smooth purée.

5. In an 8- to 10-quart pan over high heat, bring chili purée, bell pepper seeds and slices, remaining 1 cup vinegar, and sugar to a full, rolling boil, stirring constantly, and then boil for exactly 3 minutes.

6. Add pectin to pan. Stirring constantly over high heat, return to a full, rolling boil, then boil for exactly 1 minute.

7. Drain jars, rings, and lids. Ladle chili mixture into hot jars to within 1/8 inch of top. Let any extra marmalade cool, then serve or chill airtight up to 2 weeks. Wipe jar rims clean. Cover with hot rings and lids.

8. Protecting hands with pot holders, invert filled jars on a towel for 5 minutes. Turn right side up. Every 5 minutes, turn jars over until marmalade has set and seeds are evenly distributed, 45 to 60 minutes.

9. Let marmalade cool at least 2 more hours. Serve, or store up to 2 years

Bon Appetit!

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