Why is jam called jelly in the USA? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich just soun

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  1. johndetlefs profile image59
    johndetlefsposted 13 years ago

    Why is jam called jelly in the USA? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich just sounds weird!

  2. sasanqua profile image77
    sasanquaposted 13 years ago

    I suppose someone in the States could ask why jelly is called jam in australia. PB & Jelly sandwich doesn't sound weird to Americans.

  3. marcofratelli profile image74
    marcofratelliposted 13 years ago

    So does "aluminum foil" - God only knows where the extra "i" went. It's aluminium, folks! smile

  4. dabeaner profile image60
    dabeanerposted 13 years ago

    Jam and jelly are different, at least in the U.S.  Jam is "chunky", having lots of bits of fruit mushed in.  Jelly is strained or something so that it is smooth, and I think has more pectin to make it firmer.

  5. ms.truly lovely profile image41
    ms.truly lovelyposted 13 years ago


  6. RunnerJane33 profile image51
    RunnerJane33posted 13 years ago

    Yup, if it is made with just the juice, it is jelly. If it is made with the smashed fruit, seeds and all, it is jam. Strawberries make great jam but blackberries do not.

  7. goldie77 profile image41
    goldie77posted 13 years ago

    I agree - I couldn't get my head around this at first  and kept imagining people eating peanut butter with -oh, you know -proper jelly. Then when I found out it was really jam I finally realised for sure how much Americans distort our language. The thing about the aluminum is just as bad. It's ALUMINIUM.

  8. profile image52
    betty sheehanposted 13 years ago

    jelly is when you strain the cooked jam with cheesecloth. the seeeds dont get under your denture as easily.

  9. Autumn Lynn profile image65
    Autumn Lynnposted 12 years ago

    Oh-you guys mentioned the aluminium thing! I am American now living in the Middle East - only right now did I learn that aluminium is NOT the non native speakers mis pronunciation. How many years have I been feeling sorry for those guys and their bad English?  Now I learn you think I am the one with the problem-how funny!

  10. lilmizknoitall profile image56
    lilmizknoitallposted 12 years ago

    Jam is equivalent to preserves, in which you just cook the fruit and sugar until the natural pectin and sugars cook down.  Jelly is either a strained version of spreadable fruit where you remove seeds and flesh/pulp or can be made with fruit juices only.  Peanut butter & jelly is typically considered inexpensive food as loaves of bread and condiments could last for weeks.  Jelly is a cheaper buy in comparison to preserves because they could be made with only juice, therefore usually it would be peanut butter & jelly.  Most Americans don't pay attention and use the term for a pb & j interchangeably.


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