Jelly at the grocery

I was trying to buy jelly. But, I noticed different options: jelly, jam, preserves, and spreads. I know that Jelly, Jam, and Preserves are all made from fruit mixed with sugar and pectin. What are the differences?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration definition:
The difference is in the form of the fruit when the process begins

Jelly is made from fruit juice.
Jams are made from pureed fruit, pulp or crushed fruit.
Preserves are made from whole fruit.
Spreads are made from whole fruit and/or pureed fruit.

So, now you know the differences between jelly, jam, preserves and spreads. If you don't like chunks, go for a jelly. If you do, grab a jar of preserves. Either way, I'm ready for a PB&J!


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