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The PepperJam Story

Founded by brothers Rick and Kris Jones and sister Jennifer Jones-Runquist, Grandma Jones' Originals Pepper Jam was a secret family recipe until unlocked in 1999 and broadcast to millions on QVC's "In the Kitchen with Bob" in 2011. The product has been used by celebrity chefs, top restaurants, and everyday foodies as a compliment to cheese and crackers, a dip for chicken or beef, or a gourmet glaze for fish and meat.


FAQ

Common questions about Pepper Jelly:

Pepper jelly is a type of jelly made from sweet peppers and sugar, often with the addition of vinegar, fruit, spicy peppers, and other ingredients. It is typically served as a condiment and can be used as a glaze for meats or as a spread on crackers or bread. Some popular variations include hot pepper jelly made with spicy peppers, and red pepper jelly made with red bell peppers. Grandma Jones Originals Pepper Jelly comes in eight (8) flavors, including Traditional, Caribbean Mango, Southwestern Chipotle, Pomegranate, Cranberry, Southwestern Chipotle,Jalapeño, and Habanero.

Pepper jelly can be used in a variety of ways. Some popular ways to use pepper jelly include:

  • As a spread on crackers or bread
  • As a glaze for meats such as chicken, pork, or beef
  • Mixed into cream cheese as a dip for crackers
  • As a condiment for sandwiches or burgers
  • As an ingredient in marinades or sauces
  • As a topping for grilled vegetables or cheese
  • As an ingredient in dressings or vinaigrettes
  • As an addition to stir-fries or fried rice
  • As a filling for pastries or pies
  • As a topping on pizza or flatbread

You can experiment with different ways to use pepper jelly and find what you like best. The jelly can also be used in sweet and savory dishes as well. Feel free to get creative with it!

Pepper jelly is typically made with sweet bell peppers, which can be red, yellow, or green. These peppers are known for their sweet, mild flavor and are a common ingredient in many types of cuisine. The color of the jelly can vary depending on the type of pepper used. Red pepper jelly is made with red bell peppers, green pepper jelly is made with green bell peppers, and yellow pepper jelly is made with yellow bell peppers.

However, there are also variations of pepper jelly made with spicy peppers. These variations are known as hot pepper jelly, and the type of pepper used can vary depending on the desired level of spiciness. Jalapeño pepper, serrano pepper, habanero pepper are some examples of spicy pepper that can be used to make hot pepper jelly.

Note that, it is also possible to make pepper jelly using a combination of sweet and spicy peppers to get a balance of sweet and spicy flavor.

Check out Grandma Jones' Pepper Jelly recipe here.

Yes, you can make pepper jelly at home. Pepper jelly is relatively easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients, including sweet peppers, sugar, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and (preferably) liquid pectin.

Here is a basic recipe for making pepper jelly at home:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups finely chopped bell peppers (red, yellow, or green)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid pectin

Instructions:

1. In a large pot, combine the bell peppers, sugar, and vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the peppers are soft and the mixture is thick.

2. Stir in the powdered pectin and continue to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes.

3. Remove the pot from heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes.

4. Pour the mixture into sterilized jars, leaving about 1/4 inch of space at the top.

5. Seal the jars and place them in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.

6. Remove the jars from the pot and let them cool to room temperature.

7. Check the jars to make sure they are sealed properly. If a jar is not sealed, refrigerate it and use it within a couple of days.

Note: This recipe is a basic recipe, you can find variations of it, using different types of peppers, different ratios of sugar to vinegar, different cooking time, different types of sweetener, etc. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and ratios to find a recipe that you like.

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Properly sealed and stored pepper jelly can last for up to a year in a cool, dark, and dry place. The jelly is made with sugar and vinegar which acts as a preservative, helping to extend its shelf life. Once opened, pepper jelly should be refrigerated and used within a few weeks to a month.

It's important to keep in mind that homemade jelly may not last as long as commercially produced jelly, as it does not contain the same preservatives. It's also important to check for signs of spoilage, such as mold or an off smell, before using the jelly. If you find any signs of spoilage, discard the jelly.

Note that, if you find any signs of spoilage, discarding the jelly is the best option, even if it has not exceeded the expiration date.

Pepper jelly should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry place. The ideal storage temperature is between 50-70 F (10-21 C). Avoid storing pepper jelly near a heat source or in a damp area.

Properly sealed jars of pepper jelly can be stored for up to a year in a pantry or cabinet. Once opened, the jelly should be transferred to a clean, airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.

It's also important to make sure the jars are properly sealed before storing them. You can test the seal by pressing down on the center of the lid. If the lid pops up, the jar is not sealed properly and should be refrigerated and used within a few weeks.

It's also important to keep in mind that homemade jelly may not last as long as commercially produced jelly, as it does not contain the same preservatives. It's also important to check for signs of spoilage, such as mold or an off smell, before using the jelly. If you find any signs of spoilage, discard the jelly.

There are a few ways to make pepper jelly spicy:

1. Add spicy peppers: One way to make pepper jelly spicy is to add spicy peppers to the recipe. Jalapeño peppers, serrano peppers, habanero peppers are some examples of spicy peppers that can be added to the recipe. You can add as much or as little as you like, depending on your desired level of spiciness.

2. Add hot sauce or pepper flakes: Another way to make pepper jelly spicy is to add hot sauce or pepper flakes to the recipe. You can add as much or as little as you like, depending on your desired level of spiciness.

3. Add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes: You can also add cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the recipe. You can add as much or as little as you like, depending on your desired level of spiciness.

4. Experiment with different types of spicy peppers: Another way to make pepper jelly spicy is to experiment with different types of spicy peppers. Some examples of spicy peppers that can be used to make pepper jelly are ghost pepper, Trinidad Scorpion, Carolina Reaper and so on.

It's important to note that spicy peppers can vary in their level of heat, so it's best to taste a small amount before adding it to the recipe. Also, be careful when handling spicy peppers as the capsaicin, which is the compound that gives peppers their heat, can be irritating to the skin and eyes.

Most traditional pepper jelly recipes are gluten-free as they are made with simple ingredients such as sweet peppers, sugar, vinegar or citrus juice, and pectin. However, some variations of pepper jelly may contain gluten. For example, some recipes may use wheat flour as a thickener, or malt vinegar which is not gluten-free.

If you are following a gluten-free diet, it's best to check the ingredients list on the label or to make your own pepper jelly at home using gluten-free ingredients. Be sure to use a gluten-free vinegar and a gluten-free thickener, such as cornstarch or arrowroot powder, if the recipe calls for one.

Also, when purchasing pepper jelly from store, it is always a good idea to check the ingredients list and look for a gluten-free label. If you are unsure about an ingredient, you can check with the manufacturer or contact them for more information.

Yes, pepper jelly can be used as a marinade. The sweet and tangy flavor of pepper jelly can add a unique and delicious taste to meats, poultry, and fish. The jelly can be mixed with other ingredients such as herbs, spices, oil, and garlic to create a flavorful marinade.

Here is a basic recipe for using pepper jelly as a marinade:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pepper jelly
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, or oregano)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb of chicken, pork, beef or fish

Instructions:

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the pepper jelly, olive oil, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

2. Place the chicken, pork, beef or fish in a resealable bag and pour the marinade over the meat. Seal the bag and toss the meat to coat it evenly with the marinade.

3. Place the bag in the refrigerator and let the meat marinate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.

4. Preheat grill or oven to 350 F (175 C).

5. Grill or bake the meat according to your preference.

Note: You can experiment with different ingredients and ratios to find a marinade that you like. Also, you can adjust the cooking time, temperature and cooking method according to the type of meat you are using.

There are a few ways to make pepper jelly thicker:

1. Cook it longer: One way to make pepper jelly thicker is to cook it longer. When you cook the jelly, the pectin and the sugar will thicken the mixture. By cooking it for a longer period of time, the jelly will become thicker.

2. Add more pectin: Another way to make pepper jelly thicker is to add more pectin. Pectin is a natural thickener that is often used in jelly recipes. Adding more pectin will help to thicken the jelly.

3. Add cornstarch or arrowroot powder: You can also thicken the jelly by adding cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot powder with one tablespoon of cold water to create a slurry. Gradually add the slurry to the jelly mixture while stirring. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it cook for a few more minutes.

4. Boil it: Boil the jelly for a longer period of time, this will help to evaporate some of the liquid, making it thicker.

5. Add more sugar: Increasing the amount of sugar in the recipe can also thicken the jelly. Sugar helps to thicken the jelly by drawing out the liquid and making it thicker.

It's important to note that thickening jelly may also increase the sweetness of the jelly. So, you might want to adjust the amount of sugar accordingly. Also, when trying different methods to thicken the jelly, you should do it gradually, and test the consistency of the jelly after each step.

Most traditional pepper jelly recipes are vegan as they are made with simple ingredients such as sweet peppers, sugar, vinegar or citrus juice, and pectin. However, some variations of pepper jelly may contain non-vegan ingredients. For example, some recipes may use honey or gelatin instead of sugar or pectin.

If you follow a vegan diet, it's best to check the ingredients list on the label or to make your own pepper jelly at home using vegan-friendly ingredients. Be sure to use vegan-friendly sweeteners such as maple syrup or agave nectar and use vegan-friendly pectin or agar agar as a thickener.

When purchasing pepper jelly from store, it is always a good idea to check the ingredients list and look for a vegan label. If you are unsure about an ingredient, you can check with the manufacturer or contact them for more information.

Pepper jelly can be paired with a variety of savory dishes to add a sweet and tangy flavor. Here are some popular savory pairings with pepper jelly:

1. Meats: Pepper jelly can be used as a glaze for meats such as chicken, pork, or beef. It can also be mixed with mustard to create a tangy and sweet mustard glaze.

2. Cheese: Pepper jelly is a popular pairing with cream cheese as a dip for crackers or vegetables. It can also be paired with soft cheeses such as Boursault or Chevre.

3. Sandwiches: Pepper jelly can be used as a condiment for sandwiches or burgers. It can be paired with meats, cheese, or vegetables to create a flavorful sandwich.

4. Seafood: Pepper jelly can be used as a glaze for seafood such as salmon, shrimp, or scallops.

5. Vegetables: Pepper jelly can be paired with grilled vegetables such as bell peppers, eggplant, or zucchini.

6. Rice and grain dishes: Pepper jelly can be added to stir-fries, fried rice, or grain bowls for a sweet and tangy flavor.

7. Eggs: Pepper jelly can be paired with scrambled eggs, frittatas, or omelets for a sweet and savory breakfast.

8. Appetizers: Pepper jelly can be paired with crackers, bread, or crostini as an appetizer.

These are just a few examples of the many savory pairings with pepper jelly. You can experiment with different pairings and find what you like best.

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Pepper jelly can also be paired with a variety of sweet dishes to add a tangy and savory note. Here are some popular sweet pairings with pepper jelly:

1. Baked goods: Pepper jelly can be used as a filling for pastries or pies, or as a topping on scones or biscuits.

2. Yogurt and granola: Pepper jelly can be paired with yogurt or granola for a sweet and tangy breakfast.

3. Ice cream: Pepper jelly can be paired with ice cream as a topping for a sweet and tangy dessert.

4. Cheesecake: Pepper jelly can be used as a topping on cheesecake for a sweet and tangy flavor.

5. Fruit: Pepper jelly can be paired with fruit such as apples, pears, or berries as a topping or a dip.

6. Chocolate: Pepper jelly can be paired with chocolate in truffles or chocolate-covered berries for a sweet and tangy treat.

7. Cocktails: Pepper jelly can be mixed with spirits such as vodka or gin to create sweet and tangy cocktails.

These are just a few examples of the many sweet pairings with pepper jelly. You can experiment with different pairings and find what you like best.

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Here are some substitutes for pepper jelly:

1. Fruit preserves: Fruit preserves such as raspberry or strawberry jam can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly. They will add a similar sweet and tangy flavor to dishes.

2. Relish: Sweet pickle relish can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly. It will add a similar sweet and tangy flavor to dishes.

3. Mustard: Prepared mustard can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly. The mustard will add a similar tangy flavor to dishes.

4. Hot sauce: Hot sauce can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly to add a spicy and tangy flavor to dishes.

5. BBQ sauce: BBQ sauce can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly to add a sweet and tangy flavor to dishes.

6. Honey: Honey can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly to add a sweet flavor to dishes.

7. Marmalade: Orange marmalade can be used as a substitute for pepper jelly to add a sweet and tangy flavor to dishes.

It's important to keep in mind that these substitutes will change the flavor of the final dish. You may want to adjust the amount of the substitute to suit your taste.

Here are a few ways to make pepper jelly less sweet:

1. Reduce the amount of sugar: One way to make pepper jelly less sweet is to reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipe. You can start by reducing the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup and taste the jelly before adding more.

2. Add more acid: Another way to make pepper jelly less sweet is to add more acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice, to the recipe. The acid will balance out the sweetness and provide a more tangy flavor.

3. Substitute some of the sugar with a liquid sweetener: You can also try substituting some of the sugar with a liquid sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or maple syrup. This will not only reduce the sweetness but also add a different flavor profile.

4. Add more pepper: Adding more pepper to the recipe will also help to balance out the sweetness.

5. Experiment with different types of sweeteners: You can also experiment with different types of sweeteners such as stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit sweetener to find one that you like.

It's important to keep in mind that reducing the sugar may affect the texture and consistency of the jelly. You might want to do it gradually and test the consistency of the jelly after each step. Also, you may want to adjust the amount of sugar or sweetener depending on your personal preference and the sweetness of the pepper you are using.

Here are a few ways to make pepper jelly more sweet:

1. Increase the amount of sugar: One way to make pepper jelly more sweet is to increase the amount of sugar used in the recipe. You can start by adding 1/4 cup of sugar and taste the jelly before adding more.

2. Substitute some of the vinegar with a sweeter vinegar: You can try substituting some of the vinegar with a sweeter vinegar such as apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

3. Add a sweetener: You can also add a sweetener such as honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup to the recipe.

4. Add more sweet pepper: Adding more sweet pepper to the recipe will also help to make it sweeter.

5. Experiment with different types of sweeteners: You can also experiment with different types of sweeteners such as stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit sweetener to find one that you like.

It's important to keep in mind that increasing the sugar may affect the texture and consistency of the jelly. You might want to do it gradually and test the consistency of the jelly after each step. Also, you may want to adjust the amount of sugar or sweetener depending on your personal preference and the sweetness of the pepper you are using.

Pepper jelly and pepper jam are the same thing.

"Pepper Jam" was made famous by Kris and RIck Jones, founders of Grandma Jones' Originals Pepper Jam. The two were looking to come up with a name for their Grandmother's "Mississippi Mud" (that's what Grandma Jones called it) recipe so they could sell it around the world. A friend suggested that "mud" wouldn't be a good name. LOL

So the pair went with Pepper Jam and acquired the domain name pepperjam.com in 1998.

Kris would later go on and use the domain to found a digital marketing company by the same name (Pepperjam) that would become one of the most successful companies of its kind and would later be acquired by eBay (NASDAQ - EBAY) in 2009 and renamed "eBay Enterprise" before getting its name back in 2014.

Pepper jelly is most commonly associated with southern cuisine in the United States. It's a staple condiment in many southern households and often served with biscuits, crackers, or used as a glaze for meats like pork, ham or chicken. The sweet and spicy combination of peppers, sugar, and vinegar is popular in southern cuisine and has been a part of southern food culture for many generations. However, pepper jelly is not limited to the southern region and is enjoyed in many other parts of the United States and even in other countries.

Pepper jelly is a versatile condiment with a sweet and spicy flavor that is good for a variety of uses:

1. Appetizers: Pepper jelly is often served with crackers or bread as an appetizer, either on its own or as a topping for cream cheese.

2. Glaze: Pepper jelly can be used as a glaze for meats such as pork, ham, or chicken, adding flavor and creating a beautiful glazed exterior.

3. Sauce: Pepper jelly can be used as a sauce for meat dishes, sandwiches, or stir-fry dishes.

4. Salad Dressing: Pepper jelly can be used as a dressing for salads or coleslaw, adding a sweet and spicy flavor.

5. Dipping Sauce: Pepper jelly can be used as a dipping sauce for fried chicken, shrimp, or vegetables.

6. Spread: Pepper jelly can be used as a spread for sandwiches, adding flavor and a touch of sweetness.

7. Gift: Pepper jelly makes a great gift for friends and family, especially around the holidays.

Pepper jelly can also be used in a variety of recipes, including sauces, marinades, and glazes, to add a sweet and spicy flavor. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your imagination!

Pepper jelly has a unique combination of sweet and spicy flavors. The sweetness comes from the sugar and the mild sweetness of the peppers, while the heat and spiciness comes from the addition of hotter peppers or pepper flakes. The combination of sweet and spicy creates a balance that is both tangy and zesty. The texture of pepper jelly is thick and jelly-like, with a translucent, almost gel-like appearance. The flavor and texture of pepper jelly is similar to fruit jelly, but with a spicy kick. Overall, pepper jelly has a distinct and delicious flavor that is sweet, spicy, and tangy all at once, making it a popular condiment for many.

Pepper jelly is made from a combination of sweet and spicy peppers, sugar, vinegar, and pectin. The specific ingredients and ratios can vary, but a typical recipe for pepper jelly might include:

1. Peppers: A combination of sweet peppers, such as bell peppers, and spicy peppers, such as jalapeño or habanero, are used to create the sweet and spicy balance of flavor.

2. Sugar: Sugar is added to provide sweetness and to help the jelly thicken.

3. Vinegar: Vinegar, usually white or apple cider vinegar, is used to add tanginess and to help preserve the jelly.

4. Pectin: Pectin is a natural ingredient that is used to thicken the jelly. It is usually derived from fruits, such as apples or citrus, and is used in many types of jelly and jam recipes.

The ingredients are typically cooked together until the peppers are soft and the sugar has dissolved. The mixture is then pureed and strained, to remove any seeds and stems, and then simmered until it thickens. The hot mixture is then poured into sterilized jars and allowed to cool. Once cool, the jars are sealed and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Some variations of pepper jelly recipes may also include additional ingredients, such as spices or fruit juice, to add more flavor and texture.