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Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jeff B » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:40 am

Generally speaking, which one do you fancy?

I prefer jelly myself. Much in the same way that I don't like bits of fruit in ice cream, I don't like the bits of fruit found in jams. And jelly is the only way to go when pairing it with peanut butter. A peanut butter and jam sandwich just isn't the same...:)

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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jon Peterson » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:04 am

Check off "jelly" next to my name in the book your writing, too, Jeff. However, I do enjoy some home made jams, but they are the exception.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Fred Sipe » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:16 am

Yes. But usually jelly. Loves me some elderberry in particular.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Karen/NoCA » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:39 am

Strawberry Freezer Jam all the way for both of us. I make it in summer when the strawberries are red all the way through, and I leave chunks of berries in my jam. It is so good.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jenise » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:35 pm

Jam, or preserves. Texture!
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jeff B » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:54 pm

Jenise wrote:Jam, or preserves. Texture!


The texture comes from the crunchy peanut butter... :D

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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jo Ann Henderson » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:02 pm

Jenise wrote:Jam, or preserves. Texture!

Ditto!
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Rahsaan » Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:24 pm

Jo Ann Henderson wrote:
Jenise wrote:Jam, or preserves. Texture!

Ditto!


Agreed, that gelatin texture is not very appealing to me. Seems too artificial and un-food like. On top of which, the flavors tend to be purer in jam.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Frank Deis » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:43 pm

I grew up with peanut butter sandwiches, and grape jelly was the standard. I didn't enjoy the home-made jams available -- we lived far enough south that there were fig trees and my mom would make fig preserves. Too much to deal with if you're eleven years old. I still am pretty happy when I can find blackberry jelly or raspberry jelly. None of those icky seeds!

However I don't know for how long, but I've had a soft spot for strawberry jam. One of my first college girlfriends had actually spent a summer picking tiny strawberries for "Little Scarlet" the ultimate strawberry jam from Tiptree I think. I still buy that occasionally. But I think the pinnacle of strawberry jam eating was when we were in Devon, in England, and sat out on the lawn of our hotel in mid-afternoon and were served a nice pot of tea with "cream teas." It is hard for me to imagine that experience without the sort of perfect gooey strawberry jam on the unctuous Devonshire clotted cream, all spread on a delicious tender biscuit. mmmmm.

Still I don't think strawberry jam goes that well with peanut butter. But these days when I have peanut butter on toast it's usually without jam or jelly...

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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jenise » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:08 pm

Jeff B wrote:
Jenise wrote:Jam, or preserves. Texture!


The texture comes from the crunchy peanut butter... :D

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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jenise » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:11 pm

Rahsaan wrote: Seems too artificial and un-food like. On top of which, the flavors tend to be purer in jam.


My take exactly. But we idolize real, fresh fruit. I'm not sure Jeff does; if they made Coke jelly, it would be his favorite. :)
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Jeff B » Tue Jun 18, 2013 5:37 pm

Jenise wrote:
Rahsaan wrote: Seems too artificial and un-food like. On top of which, the flavors tend to be purer in jam.


My take exactly. But we idolize real, fresh fruit. I'm not sure Jeff does; if they made Coke jelly, it would be his favorite. :)


Now that's a brilliant idea! :D

I must admit that it's that gelatin texture in jelly that I like. Any real particles of fruit is distracting to the velvety mouthfeel of jelly, in my humble opinion.

Listen to me, doing a "tasting note" on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... :lol:

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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Mike Filigenzi » Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:15 pm

Depends on the application. For toast, I'd go with preserves. For a PB&J, it's definitely jelly. I take these with me for lunch on most work days, and preserves are liquidy enough that they end up leaking out the side of the sandwich and making a mess. Jelly doesn't do that. The big problem with jelly is finding it in any flavor other than grape or strawberry. The stores here have shelf after shelf of preserves and jam, but the jelly is limited to two offerings.

And I'm with Frank when it comes to the seeds - I really don't like any preserves or jam with lots of little seeds in it. I'll take something like cherry or blueberry over strawberry or raspberry any day.

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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby David Creighton » Wed Jun 19, 2013 1:19 pm

don't kick out the jams, brothers and sisters - jam for me. at the hotel i stay at in chinon, the owner, Laurent, makes dozens of different types of jam from mostly local ingredients; and has even written a book on jam. this year i was lucky enough to be given a jar to take home!

and am i the only one who brings locally produced products with me to give to hoteliers who are especially helpful; or winery owners who do special things - older vintages - vineyard tours or barrel tasting? i usually bring maple syrup from MI as i am told that good products of that type are hard to find in france.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Frank Deis » Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:24 pm

We went to some effort to take Vermont maple syrup to my German cousins. Turns out it's like peanut butter for some Europeans, they just don't get it. Maybe it's different in France.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Barb Downunder » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:02 am

Jam every time.
And for me it's honey with the PB!! (So okay I LIKE vegemite too> :lol:
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Rahsaan » Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:59 am

Frank Deis wrote:We went to some effort to take Vermont maple syrup to my German cousins. Turns out it's like peanut butter for some Europeans, they just don't get it. Maybe it's different in France.


The same could be said for lots of Americans who don't grow up with maple syrup (as opposed to pancake syrup). In my experience, the Europeans who like sweet things (e.g. honey, jam) will also like maple syrup, which is probably the same as in the US. Although I suppose you may be able to argue that the distinctive taste of maple syrup requires getting used to. I'm just not sure about that.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Howie Hart » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:08 am

Jam. Strawberry jam on rye toast. I also love apricot jam, apple butter and orange marmalade.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Peter May » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:31 am

Jam - with one exception...

For some years now we've been eating the jams we've made from wild-fruits we've picked in the hedgerows - cherries, various types of plums -(incl mirabelles, damsons and bullaces) and blackberries, plus grapes and gooseberries from our garden, and marmalade from supermarket bought Seville oranges.

The blackberries have a lot of tiny seeds so we tried straining them out and the resultant jelly has such intense flavour its fantastic. But for all others the whole fruit is included, and chopped peel in the marmalade.

Never had peanut sandwich with or without jelly.
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Re: Jam or Jelly?

Postby Carl Eppig » Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Like 'em both so long as there's no seeds!
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