Recipe courtesy of Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
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about six 3-inch biscuits and 12 cups of relish


Buttermilk biscuits:
Jalapeno relish:


For the biscuits: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk all at once. Stir just until a shaggy dough is formed. 

On a lightly floured surface, gently knead the dough 3 or 4 times. Pat out the dough 1/2 inch thickness. With a 3 inch round biscuit cutter or glass dipped in flour, cut out the dough and transfer to a baking sheet. (You can also cut out squares with a sharp paring knife.) Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown and serve hot.

For the relish: In a blender or food processor, puree the bell peppers and jalapeno chiles until smooth. 

In a 6-quart saucepan, combine the pureed peppers and chiles, sugar, and vinegar. Bring to a hard rolling boil and boil 1 minute. Add the pectin and return the mixture to a full rolling boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and skim any foam from the top. Immediately pour into hot, sterilized jars to 1/8inch of the tops. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean cloth. 

Seal the jars with the flat lids and screw tops. Invert the jars for 5 minutes, the turn upright. After the jars are cool, check the seals by pressing the middle of the lid with your finger. If the lid springs up when your finger releases the lid, it is not sealed. Or use the USDA water bath method. 

Properly handled sterilized equipment will keep canned foods in good condition for one year. Making sure hands, equipment and surfaces in your canning area are clean is the first step in canning. Tips: Jars should be made from glass and free of any chips or cracks. Preserving or canning jars are topped with glass, plastic or metal lids that have a rubberlike seal. Two-piece metal lids are most common. To prepare jars before filling: Wash jars with hot, soapy water, rinse them well and arrange them open-side up, without touching, on a tray. To sterilize jars, boil them in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 10 minutes. Jars have to be sterilized only if the food to be preserved will be processed for less than 10 minutes in a boiling-water bath or pressure canner. To sterilize jars, boil them in a large saucepan, covered with water, for 10 minutes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for cleaning and preparing lids and bands. Use tongs or jar lifters to remove hot sterilized jars from the boiling water. Be sure the tongs are sterilized too: Dip the tong ends in boiling water for a few minutes before using them. All items used in the process of making jams, jellies, preserves and pickles must be clean, including any towels and especially your hands. After the jars are prepared, you can preserve the food. It is important to follow any canning and processing instructions included in the recipe and refer to USDA guidelines about the sterilization of canned products. Find Information information on canning can be found at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website:

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