Preparation / Directions:
Sterilize 8 half pint jars; keep hot until needed. Prepare lids as manufacturer directs. In a large kettle, combine minced peppers, sugar and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Using a metal spoon, skim off any foam. Increase heat to high. Return kettle to heat and bring back to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down. Stir in pectin and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/8 inch headspace. Wipe jar rims and seal with hot lids and screw bands. Invert jar 30 seconds, then stand upright to seal. Makes about 8 half pint jars.
VARIATION: For a less assertive flavor, substitute sweet bell peppers for part of hot peppers.
TIP: Wear rubber or plastic gloves while cutting hot peppers and do not touch skin or eyes. To mince peppers, using a sharp knife, cut off tops and slice lengthwise. Discard seeds and white membrane. Cut lengthwise in 1/8 inch strips, then cut very fine crosswise strips.