I went out to my garden and checked on my jalapeno peppers. I have quite a few in various stages of growth. Some are small and there are a bunch of tiny peppers coming on and also some flowers that I am hoping that I hope will turn into more hot peppers.
I would like to get enough to make one more recipe of jalapeno pepper jelly. I took a couple of jars of the second batch up to my brother's house Friday night and served it over a block of cream cheese with crackers as an appetizer to have before dinner. It was delicious with the bottle of Leonesse Syrah we sipped with it, but again, the jelly wasn't spicy. No kick. Just a hint of heat.
I am going to be using all whole peppers in the mix to kick up the heat in my next batch. Probably my final for the season. The flavor is really good in both of my other batches, but the heat is just not there. I would still call this one mild. I won't go as far as to call it boring this time, but still not "there" for me.
I think my peppers will be ready in a couple of weeks and I will be up to my elbows in jelly making again!