How to Make a Zesty-Sweet Raspberry Chipotle Jam
Raspberries and Chipotle peppers pair very well together, and you can enjoy this fantastic combination by incorporating the ingredients into a jam that can be stored over the long-term. It can be used as a spread, sauce or dip that makes for a nice compliment to a variety of meals. Take a look at the steps below and see how easy it is to whip up a batch for yourself.
2 lbs of crushed, fresh raspberries
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (chopped)
2-3 tablespoons of adobo sauce
4-5 tablespoons of pectin
½ teaspoon of butter
5 cups of raw sugar
Preheat your water bath canner and start warming up the jars and lids. Sort and rinse your raspberries before drying them with a paper towel. Place the raspberries in a large bowl or saucepan and crush them with a potato masher. Place the stockpot over medium heat before adding the chipotle peppers and adobo.
Stir in the pectin and make sure all of the ingredients are evenly-mixed as you bring up the heat to a rolling boil. Add in the butter and stir the mixture continually for about 10 minutes or until the liquid develops the consistency of a medium syrup. Remove from heat, stir in the sugar, and bring to a boil until the crystals have completely dissolved. Skim off any foam that is on top of the jam and discard.
Processing and Storage
Next, carefully ladle the jam into your preheated canning jars until about ¼ inch of headspace remains. Make sure to remove any air bubbles and add more jam as needed. Wipe down the rims with a warm, damp cloth before attaching and tightening the lids. Carefully place the jars into the canner and make sure they are completely submerged with boiling water before starting the processing time. Process the jars for 15 minutes before removing from heat and letting them cool at room temperature for 24 hours.
Check each jar for cracks or problems with the seal before labeling, dating and storing the finished product in a cool and dark place. Expect the jam to have a shelf life of more than a year, but it will need to be refrigerated or consumed right away once the jars have been opened.
Feel free to tinker with this recipe in order to adjust the level of sweetness and spice to match your preferences. You can also substitute the chipotles with any hot pepper of your choice, including dried chilis. Consider using blackberries, mulberries, boysenberries and even cranberries for some extra variety or to experiment with different flavors as well.
Just make sure to store the jam in jelly jars unless you plan on eating large amounts of it in a short amount of time. This will reduce waste while helping you to conserve space in your pantry as well. Try this recipe out for yourself, and discover how it can add a sweet and zesty zap to your emergency stockpile.