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Kiwi Jalapeno Jam

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Kiwi Jalapeno Jam is made with fresh jalapeno peppers and sweet kiwi fruit. Perfect for preserving, and to be served as a spread with cream cheese and crackers.

Some interesting background and history on Jalapeno Jam

Jalapeno jam is a type of condiment that combines the sweet and spicy flavors of jalapeno peppers with sugar and other ingredients to create a versatile and unique spread. While I don’t have specific historical information on the origins of jalapeno jam, I can provide some general background:

Kiwi Jalapeno Jam. A fusion of flavors to savor

Traditional Jam Making:

The tradition of making jams and preserves dates back centuries. People initially used this method to preserve fruits and make them available beyond their natural season. The process involves cooking fruits with sugar and often pectin to create a thick, sweet spread.

Tip: If you don’t have any pectin in the cupboard, don’t worry, have a look at this great list of pectin substitutes.

Spicy Twist with Jalapenos:

The incorporation of spicy peppers into jams is a more recent trend that emerged as people began experimenting with flavor combinations. Jalapeno jam is one such creation that introduces the heat of jalapeno peppers into the sweet and fruity base of traditional jams.

Cooking Creativity:

The popularity of sweet and spicy combinations in modern cuisine has contributed to the rise of jalapeno jam. Chefs and home cooks alike have embraced the idea of balancing contrasting flavors, leading to the creation of various jams that offer a unique taste experience.

Versatility in Cooking Applications:

Jalapeno jam has found its way into a variety of culinary applications. It can be used as a condiment for sandwiches, burgers, and grilled meats. It also makes for an interesting glaze or marinade for proteins. Some people enjoy it as a spread on crackers or paired with cheese, creating a delightful sweet and spicy pairing.

Artisan and Small-Batch Production:

Many artisanal and small-batch producers have embraced the trend of creating unique and gourmet jams, including jalapeno jam. These specialty products often emphasize high-quality ingredients and creative flavor combinations.

Popularity in Local Markets:

Jalapeno jams have gained popularity in local markets and food festivals, where consumers seek out distinctive and handcrafted food products. The appeal of jalapeno jam extends to those who enjoy adventurous flavors and the fusion of sweet and spicy elements.

While jalapeno jam may not have a specific historical origin like some traditional foods, its popularity has grown as part of the broader culinary movement that celebrates diverse and inventive flavor combinations. The background of jalapeno jam likely involves the creativity of chefs, food artisans, and home cooks who sought to elevate the traditional jam experience by introducing a spicy kick.

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Kiwi Jalapeno Jam

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Add a zesty twist to your meals with our Kiwi Jalapeno Jam. Perfect balance of sweetness from Kiwi and a kick from Jalapeno. Perfect on toast, with cheese or even as a glaze for meat.

  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Water Process for Jars: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 11 x 125ml jars 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Easy

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds Kiwis (Peeled, cored, and finely chopped)
  • 6 medium Jalapeno peppers (topped and chopped). If you do not want it too spicy, remove the seeds from 4 and leave seeds in the rest.
  • 16 oz (approx. 3 1/2 cups) organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 3 oz (one packet) liquid pectin

Instructions

  1. In a large pot combine the first five ingredients, NOT the pectin.
  2. Heat on low, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Slowly increase the heat to medium and bring to a rolling boil for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Remove from heat and add the pectin, stir to incorporate.
  5. Return to heat, and bring to a rolling boil, stirring, for one minute.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Pour into sterilized jars with a quarter-inch head space.
  8. Seal jars and water process for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove jars and place them onto a cooling rack. Let sit undisturbed for 24 hours to achieve a good seal.

Notes

Prepared, tried, and tested by Whitney from The Recipe Hunter: Tried  and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs
Recipe credit: slowfoodchef

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 teaspoons (10 ml)
  • Calories: 18
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 1.4 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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