Home made gift idea: Chilli Jam

Pots of chilli jam

Fresh chillis from dad's greenhouse for the jam

My dad’s had a bumper crop of chillies this year, so I offered to take a few off his hands so I could make some chilli jam.

I’ve never tried making it before, but love love love eating it! I’ve previously bought the Tracklements version which is delicious spread in cheese sandwiches, or as a dipper for sausages.

I attempted a couple of different recipes to see which would make the best, and it was Nigella’s version that came up trumps. There’s minimal fuss and no sieving involved.

The resulting jam is more of a jelly, vivid and fiery red with tiny flecks of pepper. It’s not overly spicy to be honest, just a bit of warmth but it’s packed with flavour, so it won’t blow your head off.

Freshly filled jars of chilli jam

Freshly filled jars of chilli jam

The only fiddly bit is preparing the chillis – my advice is to wear disposable gloves, or failing that use a fork to steady the chilli rather than your fingers while cutting and deseeding.

I’m going to give a few jars as Christmas gifts and donate some to the home made gifts stall at Sam’s school Christmas fair.

Christmas themed chilli jam

Chilli jam ready for market!

I packaged my batch up with the impressive range of home made gift supplies from Lakeland. They’ve got loads of gorgeous jars, ribbons, labels and pretty much everything you need to give your treats that professional look.

Chilli Jam  (Nigella Lawson)

150g fresh red chilli peppers, halved, quartered and deseeded
150g red bell pepper, halved, quartered and deseeded
1kg jam sugar
600ml cider vinegar
6 x 250ml sealable jars with vinegar-proof lids

1. Wash up your jars in warm soapy water, rinse in hot water then air dry in a low oven.

2. Put the chillies into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped. Then add the bell pepper and pulse again until it’s all blitzed.

3. Put the sugar and vinegar into a medium-sized pan and dissolve over a low heat – swirling not stirring.

4. Add the blitzed peppers into the pan, turn up the heat and boil for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and cool for about 40 minutes when the liquid will have thickened to a syrupy consistency.

5. Ladle into your jars and seal tightly. Allow to cool completely and then label.

Let's make Christmas

Let's make Christmas

I’ll also be reserving one of these jars for a very special event at Fortnum & Mason’s being organised by Vanessa of Prepped fame.

It’s a food blogger gift swap where we all take a home made treat that is judged by top baker Dan Lepard. There’s then a very posh raffle where we all get to take home someone else’s gift complete with recipe.

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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15 Responses to Home made gift idea: Chilli Jam

  1. Helen says:

    these look great. I made some apple chilli jelly last week but they look nowhere near as impressive as these!

    • Katie Bryson says:

      thanks Helen – I was really chuffed with how vibrant the jelly turned out – tastes great too. Like the sound of apple chilli jelly 🙂

      • Helen says:

        I had a bit of a problem with it at first, the pectin in the apple is supposed to make it set but not sure if I had the wrong type of apples or maybe not enough juice but it didn’t set, so I reboiled it with pectin the 2nd time & also added some vinegar which made it taste better…the end result was finally a good one though!

  2. How utterly … Perfect … i will have to make some.
    x

  3. this looks delicious. I love the fact that Nigella recipes really work and are so scrummy! I am wondering hard what I am going to make for Vanessa’s event!

  4. OoooooOOoooooo that looks wonderful, – love the colour.. I shall be experimenting!!

  5. Aveen says:

    Your packaging is gorgeous! I need to make some of this, I have an enormous bag of chillis in the freezer from my friend’s greenhouse and they need to be put to good use.

    Really really wish I could take part in Let’s Make Christmas, it sounds like such fun. But I live in deepest darkest Wiltshire, nowhere near Fortnums 😦

    • Katie Bryson says:

      aw that’s a shame that you can’t make the Fortnum’s event – should be fun. Def get those chillis out the freezer… I’m eating my way through the jam very quickly – have had to hide the prettily packaged stuff so I don’t break into it!

  6. Michele Elton says:

    Wow, they look really impressive.

  7. Love chilli jam, such a wonderful flavour…..Mmmmmm!

  8. Rosie says:

    Just like to say it tastes as yummy as it looks. Thanks Katie xx

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