These sweet fruit spreads are a popular addition to your morning toast, crackers, and charcuterie boards. Both jelly and jam are made with lots of sugar and pectin but they differ in terms of the types of fruit that they contain.
What is Jelly?
Jelly is simply made from fruit juice, and no pulp. Jelly is easier to spread than jam since it is made out of juice. Jelly can have a longer shelf life since it contains pectin which is a fiber inside fruits. Jelly also has a smoother texture than jam, so if you are looking for less chunks of fruit, then opt for jelly.
What is Jam?
Jam uses a fruit’s pulp and juice. Jam is more chunkier in texture than jelly, so it isn’t as easy to spread on toast and crackers. It also contains pectin which gives it a longer shelf life, just like jelly. Marmalades and jams are very similar in that they both contain fruit juice and pulp, but marmalade is made with different types of citrus fruits and peels. Jam’s mixed with fruit such as cranberry pepper jam are perfect for using as a dip or spread on your favorite crackers with mixed meats and cheeses.
How to Use Them in Recipes
Jams and jellies can make any sweet or salty food into an extraordinary dish. Add to meats and hams for a sweet and salty balance, or add to ice cream for a sweeter, fruity dessert topping. Jelly can be mixed within with other fresh ingredients like wine, herbs, fruits, or flowers. Jellies are great for using as spreads on different kinds of meat or cheese to add some sweet flavor.
Tired of your normal oatmeal for breakfast? Jam can be a great topping to your favorite oatmeal or ice cream, too! Try adding a scoop to your plain yogurt to give it a nice burst of sweetness.
Jams and jellies are ancient spreads that have been a popular staple in kitchen cupboards for years. A childhood and adult favorite for many, these sweet fruit spreads have been stocked in grocery stores and farmer’s markets for as long as we can remember. The traditions of making these fruit spreads will never change, but the ways of enjoying them are always shared between chefs and food connoisseurs. Instead of just using them for your normal breakfast toast, try the above options for an exciting twist to any food.
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