Hey @Food52Hotline! What's the difference between jam, preserve, and marmalade? Thanks!

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Monita
Monita March 4, 2013

Jam and preserve are the same. Marmalade is a preserve containing fruit rind

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ZombieCupcake
ZombieCupcake March 4, 2013

Don't really think there is to much of a difference besides the kind of fruit used... Now jellies use pectin

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ZombieCupcake March 4, 2013

Don't really think there is to much of a difference besides the kind of fruit used... Now jellies use pectin

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usuba dashi
usuba dashi March 4, 2013

Technecially, preserves have lower brix (less solids) then jams, but by only a couple of degrees. Large jam manufacturers save money by producing preserves, since they do not have to cook as long to reduce the moisture.

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Donna M
Donna M March 5, 2013

Jam is made with crushed fruit, preserves have chunks of fruit, marmalade is made with the rind & pulp of citrus (the whole fruit cut up). And although you didn't ask, jelly is made with fruit juice and no solids. :)

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petitbleu
petitbleu March 5, 2013

I often think of preserves as being a little more rustic (more fruit solids, sometimes seeds). Marmalade, as far as I know, is restricted to citrus and contains the rinds. To make matters even more complex, there are also conserves, which may contain fresh and dried fruits as well as nuts.

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