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If you're anything like us, one of the highlights of breakfast is slathering butter on hot toast and, if you’re feeling really crazy, spreading on some conserves—be they in jam, marmalade, or fruit butter form. Each of these conserves and spreads are delicious, but there are key differences that set them apart from each other—most importantly, fruit content. 


Unfamiliar with conserves? That’s alright, but you’ve probably been eating them all your life without realizing it. Technically speaking, jam is only jam if its made from one type of fruit. As soon as you add a second variety, then you have a conserve. If you've ever eaten any kind of mixed berry jam, you've had conserves. Occasionally, nuts and dried fruit are even added to conserves, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


Of all conserves, jelly is the most refined (in terms of process, not reputation). Essentially, jelly is jam without all of the seeds and fruit pulp. It’s designed for people who like the flavor of certain fruits, but without the added texture. To make jelly, fruit is crushed and cooked to extract the juice before beginning the jelly process.

Fruit Butter

While most conserves are left chunky, fruit butters aim to be smooth and rich with deeper, almost roasted flavor notes.  The fruit pulp is cooked with sugar for hours in order to reduce the liquid content and to achieve a finished product with a denser texture. 


Jam is made from fruit that is crushed or chopped and then cooked with sugar until the fruit softens and loses its distinct shape. While the jam cooks, it loses water and thickens into a spreadable state, perfect for English muffins, cornbread and pairing with its best friend, peanut butter.


That jar of marmalade that has been living in the back of your refrigerator for far too long actually has some interesting origins. The word marmalade comes from the Greek melimelon, which referred to quince that was stored in honey. Marmalade today is a jelly that contains pieces of citrus rind and offers a balance of both sweet and sour, along with a slight bitterness from any pith present. 


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