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Jar of cherry jam

Home made jams and jellies just taste better than store bought. That is why many are happy to put up with an afternoon or evening devoted to stocking their shelves with delicious, home made, flavorful jams and jellies.

All in a Name

  • Jam:   You make jam from crushed or chopped fruits and sugar. Fruits have either naturally high-pectin content, which makes the jam jell, or you add pectin.
  • Preserves:   Preserves are similar to jam but fruit is in larger pieces.
  • Jelly:    Similar to jam but you strain cooked fruit to create a clear spread.
  • Conserve:   Conserve is jam jazzed up with nuts, dried fruits and spices.
  • Marmalade:   Marmalade is jam made from citrus fruit.

Don't forget to check out our jam and jelly making tips...

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Did you know?

Jellies and jams contain pectin, a type of dietary fiber that acts as a natural thickener. Because pectin is a water-soluble fiber, it dissolves in the body, creating a sticky gel inside the intestine. The gel binds to potentially harmful substances, preventing them from being absorbed. At the same time, it causes nutrients to be absorbed a little more slowly. Both of these factors make pectin a key player in preventing a number of conditions. Conditions from heart disease and diabetes to weight gain.

Jam Jelly Tip

Serving Suggestion

Put your jellies into a squeeze bottle to make it easier to put on bread. Make sure to cut the hole bigger on the nozzle.

Trimming Tips

Spread 1 tablespoon of all-fruit jam on your toast rather than 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter.

Use jams made with 100-percent fruit as opposed to varieties sweetened with sugar.

Easy Gooseberry Jam

1 pound gooseberries
3/4 pound sugar

Stem gooseberries and wash carefully. Drain. Add sugar. Heat very slowly in a covered container until juice begins to form. Uncover and boil until juice sheets from spoon. Ladle into jars, use inversion method or hot water bath. Recipe makes six, 8 ounce jars.

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