Monday, March 23, 2009


I just realised that I never shared my finished chili jelly - from last weekend.
Isn't it pretty there on the window sill, in the morning autumn light?

I have to say, the simmering and draining and overnight dripping, which I thought would be just too fussy, was the least difficult part.
What was really tricky, and demanded a LOT of patience, was the boiling off with the sugar - trying to get my jelly to gel.
I can't even count the number of time I plonked a spoonful of the bubbling liquid onto a saucer and into the freezer then examined it for any reason to expect that it was at setting point.

On seeing these the next morning I figured I should have kept it on the boil a little longer - it seemed to move a lot like liquid when I tilted the jar - but when I dug a spoon in it came out super gel-like =)

The other trickiest part was deciding how much chilli to use - the recipe says "about 15" with no indication at all as to what sort of chillies were used. Similarly, other recipes give a weight measurement, but without knowing what sort of chillies it isn't super helpful.
This tasted really quite spicy as a 'juice', but the addition of sugar and boiling down mellowed it out lots - I'd add more chilli next time.

I'd also halve the amount I made - that might make it easier for trial and error working out the flavours.

Let me know if you try it out! =)



  1. Oh it is like a jewelled display!! I shall try this when the weather turns cool. Yum!!

  2. Gorgeous!! I hope I get to taste some some time!

    I've done the freezer trick before with jams and stuff. It's very tricky.

  3. They look so gorgeous, well done! I've just printed out the recipe to give it a try soon! What type of chillis did you use?


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