Here in the rehab, we’re served toast or English muffins with breakfast, accompanied by a tiny .05 oz. sealed cup of so-so jelly. It made me think: I didn’t know the difference between jelly, jam, and preserves. Quite a few people I asked didn’t know either, especially guys. Here’s what I use now and how they differ.
-Jelly (L): Cooked fruit juice with sugar and thickened with pectin.
-Jam (M): Crushed fruit cooked with sugar. Pectin is in the fruit. Less of a gelled texture than jelly.
-Preserves (R): Cooked fruit with sugar. Fruit is in medium to large chunks.