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Jelly, Jam, Marmalade, and Preserves

You ever go to the grocery aisle and look at the shelves of fruit bottles only to feel overwhelmed by all the choices? It looks like there's a lot to consider. Some of the choices are easy to make – Seedless or Seeds, Sugar or No Sugar. But how do you decide between  jellies, jams, marmalades, and preserves, oh my! I mean, from the outside, they all look the same. You ever wonder what's the difference?

Jellies, jams, marmalades, and preserves all come from fruit.  The difference is the part of the fruit that is used in the preserving process. Here's the short of it:

Jellies are made from fruit juice. Of them all, jellies tend to be the smoothest.

Jams are made from fruit pulp.

Marmalades have slices of citrus fruit (unpeeled) in it.

Preserves have whole fruit or just pieces of fruit in it.

So next time you go to the grocery store, I hope this helps you in making your choice.

You Ought to Know: There's a difference between jellies, jams, marmalades, and preserves.

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