What is the difference between fruit preserves and jam?
Are they really just two words for the same thing?
There is very little, if any. I believe that in British Commonwealth countries, fruit preserve is just a higher fruit content jam.
Ah--I wasn't sure if it was maybe bigger pieces in the preserves--hence 'higher' fruit content... Thanks for your input; it's always interesting to see the differences from 'across the pond.'
Bigger pieces of fruit will not make a higher fruit content, half a pound of fruit either in large or small pieces is still half a pound. There is proportionaly more fruit to sugar and water in fruit preserve than in jam
You're right, of course, MickS, I phrased that wrongly. I meant that bigger pieces would APPEAR to have more fruit--advertising gimmick...
I think the difference might be that jam has sugar in it and fruit preserves might not? I could be wrong but that was the impression I was under.
When I lived in the States I discovered that what the British call "jam", Americans call "preserves". However, the word "preserves" covers things apart from jam, such as fruit preserved in alcohol.
What the British usually call "jelly" is what Americans call "jello".
This can cause confusion, for instance, when Americans talk about eating "peanut butter and jelly sandwiches." The British are picturing jello on a sandwich:)
preserves usually have whole fruit in the in US and jam is pureed fruit, good ones of both have a lot of sugar cheap one have HFCS
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