8.22.2012

Garden to Pantry :: Hot Pepper Honey Mustard

As you know (since I've been bemoaning it here all summer) it's been only herbs and hot peppers in my little patch of earth lately. This morning, I transformed my harvest of Santa Fe Grande Peppers into Hot Pepper Honey Mustard.
I had exactly 20 usable peppers, all in different stages of maturation - aren't they gorgeous? After removing the seeds, I popped them in the blender and processed until smooth. Then, they went into a large pot with yellow and dijon mustard, raw local honey, organic cane sugar, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and a bit of sea salt. Once boiling, a mix of flour and water was stirred in to thicken it.
I ladled the hot mustard into 4oz. canning jars, and processed them in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. This is a thick and sticky treat, folks! I couldn't stop scraping off what was stuck to the side of the pot with pretzel sticks... hmm! It's sweet, tangy, and not too spicy - just a nice kick.
Fifteen jars are now cooling on the kitchen windowsill. Some will stock our own pantry, some will go to my next homemade food & craft swap (perhaps with some homemade soft pretzels for dunking!), and some will be tucked away for hostess and holiday gifts.
After tasting it, I believe this honey mustard will not only be delish for dunking pretzels in and spreading on ham sandwiches... it would also make a zesty glaze for pretty much any kind of meat (think chicken, pork, salmon, shrimp kebabs...) and would give winter root vegetables (like carrots, potatoes and parsnips) a nice zing. Any other ideas?

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Hot Pepper Honey Mustard (Mild)

20-30 hot peppers, depending on desired level of heat (I used homegrown Santa Fe Grande)
2 cups prepared mustard (I used about 1 1/2 cups yellow, 1/2 cup dijon)
2 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
1/2 cup raw local honey
2 cups organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. sea salt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water

Remove the seeds from the hot peppers and place them in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Pour into a large pot and stir in mustard, sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar and salt. Bring to a hard boil.

Whisk together flour and water until smooth. Pour into the boiling mustard mixture and continue to boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Ladle into sterile canning jars and seal with new lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your altitude.

Makes 15-16 4oz. jars; or 7-8 half pint jars.

1 comment:

Catherine said...

Beautiful, love the homemade combo idea too for the swap!