Jams, Jellies and Preserves – What’s the Difference?

by Kathy on June 30, 2014 in Food, Gardening, Gardening, Homemaking

jams jellies preserves

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,

but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

Proverbs 10:5

canning jam

It is berry season! Let’s keep our daughters (and sons) busy making the most of the harvest season for berries. Jams and jellies are one of the easiest things to preserve.  Not only will your pantry be stocked with some sweetness they made themselves, but they will also be learning to be diligent  with the work that God has given for today.

Jams and jellies also make great gifts to give at the holiday season or even as a little cottage industry.

Jams, Jellies and Preserves  – What’s the Difference?

Jam, jelly and preserves are made with fruit, sugar and pectin.  What makes them different is the way the fruit is used which gives each of them a in difference texture.

  • Jam –  the fruit is crushed and is less stiff and less smooth than jelly. It will usually have small clumps of fruit in it.
  • Jelly – the juice of the fruit is used, which gives a smooth, thick texture.
  • Preserves – the fruit has large chucks and a syrup (sugar and water) is used.
  • Pectin is used to give thickness and to help in the preserving.

Is canning really worth it? In my opinion, YES! For many reasons.

Here are some video tutorials and some recipes to help you stock your pantry:

Dandelion Jelly – Video

Grape Jelly – Video

Red Pepper Jelly – Video

My favorite site for preserving anything! 

List of edible flowers to make jelly from.

honeysuckle jelly


Can Jam


Planning for the Pantry

Basic Canning Supplies 

How to Make Cheap Jar Labels 




Kathy Brodock, is the wife of Jeff Brodock, and mother of seven children, three of whom are adopted. She is a homeschool veteran of over 20 years and is an author and video producer. She also enjoys the fiber arts of quilting and crocheting, along with the culinary arts of cake decorating and catering. But her heart is truly one of a wife, mother and homemaker. Her home on the web is TeachingGoodThings.com

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