Jellies/Jams/Preserves

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  1. liv4fud

    liv4fud

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    Tried to search and failed.
    Also, Moderators, another thread you can move where you think it will be appropriate.

    Question1. True/False: Preserves have more fruit than Jams which have more fruit than jellies i.e.
    Preserves > Jams > Jellies in terms of real fruit content.

    Question2. : Any specific applications or all of them are inter-changeable?
    i.e. I enjoy PBJ(elly/jam) and PBP(reserve) too.
    Would love to know where one can be used / preferred more over the other?

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends what you mean by content I suppose. A jelly should be cleariish and made from juice. A Jam should be made from fruit pieces/cooked very soft or puree. Preserves are similar to jam, but the fruit pieces are bigger. Peeled where appropriate of course. Marmalade should be a jam/preserve with citrus peel in it.

    By volume, I don't think you could say one has more fruit than another, unless you mean starting from more whole fruit than another.

    Phil
     
  3. liv4fud

    liv4fud

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    oh, in that case I might have confused the entire issue.

    thought the jelly wasn't real fruit but filled with just fillers and things that tasted like fruit.

    seems I had it all wrong.

    now, does it mean that they are pretty interchangeable?
     
  4. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Mostly yes.

    Jellies "melt" more readily. They can get syrupy when it's hot out.

    phil
     
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    pete Moderator Staff Member

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    Jellies are made from just the juice of the fruits whereas jams and preserves are made from the "whole fruit" ie., the pulp. Legally there might be a difference between a jam and preserve, but pretty much the words are interchangeable.
     
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    kuan Moderator Staff Member

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    Jam is milled fruit or fruit puree. Preserves is whole fruit. Conserve is fruit and vegetable, or mutiple fruit.
     
  7. liv4fud

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    thank you everyone, clears up a lot of things

    and opens up a whole new domain based on substitution of one with another