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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Jam, Jelly and Preserves....What's the difference!?!?!?

I know many of you like me have spent many a sleepless nights pondering important questions in life. One of these questions that has tormented us for many years is - What is the difference between Jam, Jelly and Preserves? I have traveled many a miles across the world to find this answer in Orrville, Ohio (Smucker's):

JELLY is made from fruit juice. Jelly is clear and firm enough to hold its shape when turned out of its container.

JAM is made from a blend of crushed pieces of fruit and fruit puree.

PRESERVES contain whole or large pieces of fruit, making them thicker and more fruit-filled than jams or jellies.

MARMALADE is jelly with shreds of citrus fruit peel.

CONSERVES are jams made from a mixture of citrus fruits and can also include nuts.

FRUIT BUTTERS are made from fruit pulp and sugar cooked together. There is no butter in fruit butter. The term may have developed to describe the appearance of the product or because it is a spread.

CHUTNEY and RELISH are flavorful, seasoned condiments with a consistency similar to jam. Chutney is typically made with fruits and relish is typically made with vegetables.

Now we all can rest easy tonight knowing that we have the answer to one of life's many riddles

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