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Old 12-18-2018, 02:50 PM   #1
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What are preserves, what is spreadable fruit?

I just want to say that I bought some English muffins, ready for the toaster.

Lately, I can't tell what to buy as far as jelly goes. I bought some Blackberry whatever that's just big globs of berries that I can't spread on my muffins easily.

Lately, I can't tell what are preserves, what is jam? What is spreadable fruit?

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Old 12-18-2018, 03:17 PM   #2
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Jelly has no seeds or pulp, jam has smallish chunks of fruit, preserves usually have larger chunks of fruit, and 'spreadable fruit' I'm pretty sure is just a fancier way of saying 'preserves'. Marketing, haha.

We have a lot of jam and jelly experts here, which I certainly am not. Hopefully someone will weigh in with more info.

(I'm sure Mr. Google has lots of info as well...)
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:21 PM   #3
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What you call jelly, we call jam. I make raspberry and strawberry jam from fruit I pick from my garden. I also make coulis from the same ingredients. I also do preserves ie, tomato relish , sauce , plum sauce, and curried onions among others.

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Old 12-18-2018, 03:24 PM   #4
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With jam I leave pips in, with coulis I sieve pips out. You never get them all out.

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Jelly has no seeds or pulp, jam has smallish chunks of fruit, preserves usually have larger chunks of fruit, and 'spreadable fruit' I'm pretty sure is just a fancier way of saying 'preserves'. Marketing, haha.

We have a lot of jam and jelly experts here, which I certainly am not. Hopefully someone will weigh in with more info.

(I'm sure Mr. Google has lots of info as well...)
Google did indeed have info on the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves.

Basically, jelly is made from fruit juice and pectin, with all of the fruit solids removed.

Jam is fruit that has been pulped and mixed with sugar and pectin to make a smooth spread. Generally there are no chunks of fruit. Seeds are usually left in, but can be removed (I’ve got a jar of seedless blackberry jam).

Preserves are fruit that is cut up into chunks then preserved in syrup.

That’s it in a nutshell!
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:06 PM   #6
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I believe, along with Cheryl's description, that jam is more gelatinous as it's made from fruit juice, and jam is chunkier as it's made with mashed fruit along with the juice.

I wonder what is added to make jam more spreadable?
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I think that spreadable fruit is often made with no or little sugar added. At least, I have seen jars of stuff that was jam-like and unsweetened or only sweetened with artificial sweeteners. Also, they used something other than pectin to make it gel.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:38 AM   #8
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Smuckers has a side brand of more expensive jellies. This small Blueberry Smuckers jar cost $8.50. I dipped my butterknife into the jar and came out with a few round berries which didn't spread worth a damn on my toasted english muffin. Not gonna buy that again. Preserves is what I should be shopping for.

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You couldn't squish a semi-whole blueberry across all of those sharp, ragged nooks and crannies of a toasted english muffin?

Not even a butter reinforced cranny?
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You culdn't squish a blueberry across all of those sharp, ragged nooks and crannies?

Not even a butter reinforced cranny?
No, the berries were not spreadable, they were a bulky annoyance. Whatever they came with was halfway spreadable.

I'll buy this stuff ground up like someone mentioned. I'm not sure what it is called.
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