Spicy Rhubarb Jam

If you have access to rhubarb, I highly recommend making this slightly sweet, tart, spicy jam. Spicy rhubarb jam is delicious on beer bread but
it’s also delicious on just about everything else. Muffins, scones, sandwiches, you name it. Spicy rhubarb jam is super delicious spooned over a block of softened cream cheese and used as a spread for crackers or as a dip for pretzels.


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During processing, the food reaches temperatures of 212 degrees, with the boiling-water bath method. Food reaches 240 degrees using a pressure canner. Any air in the container is forced out between the jar and lid. A vacuum is created as the food cools and contracts, sucking the lid tightly to the jar. This airtight seal is vital to prevent invasion by microorganisms. Refer to a cookbook or one of the many websites dedicated to canning.

Spicy Rhubarb Jam

Sweet, Tart and Spicy
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  • 2 oranges
  • 2 1/2 pounds rhubarb, diced
  • 3 to 6 dried chili pepper pods, or to taste
  • 6 tablespoons ball classic pectin
  • 6 cups sugar


  • Squeeze juice from oranges. Measure juice, adding water if needed to make 1 cup; set aside.
  • Remove white pith from one-half of orange peel. Cut peel into thin slivers. Combine orange peel, orange juice, dried chili peppers and rhubarb in a large saucepan. Simmer covered about 3 minutes, or until rhubarb is tender. Stir in classic pectin. Bring to a boil. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Remove dried chili peppers and discard. Skim foam if necessary.
  • Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving a 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps.
  • Process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.
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If you like Spicy Rhubarb Jam then you will definitely love this jelly also. Jalapeño Apple Jelly 

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