Fruit Spreads (BBB)


Strawberry-Lemon Marmalade. (Get the recipe here. It’s one of my favorites.)

Marmalade or conserve? Jam or preserve? The appellations for fruit spreads range from the ordinary and familiar to the exotic and quaint. But what do they mean? What’s the difference? (I like to make conserves just because they sound so old-fashioned, but they are also delicious.) Here’s the lowdown on the different categories of fruit spreads:

A butter is made by cooking fruit pulp and sugar (and usually spices) to a thick consistency that will round up on a spoon.

Conserves are like a jam but include two or more fruits and usually nuts and/or raisins. They’re cooked till the round up on a spoon.

A jam is made by cooking crushed or chopped fruit until it rounds up on a spoon. Jams may include combinations of fruits.

Jelly is made with the juice strained from fruit and is clear and gelatinzed enough to hold its shape but still soft enough to spread.

Marmalade is a cross between a jam and a jelly that includes bits of fruit and peel suspended in the mixture.

A preserve is fruit preserved with sugar in a syrup mixture. It doesn’t hold its shape when spooned from the jar.

There may be a pop quiz at any time! Meanwhile–


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  1. Michelle says:

    Oh yum; I may have to try that Strawberry-Lemon Marmalade! Sign me up for the BBB, please.

  2. CindyS says:

    Me, too! I’d love to win your BBB contest this time! :snoopy:

  3. Jean - MN says:

    BBB please — thanks to you and the donor!

  4. morningstar says:

    I would love to win the BBB please

  5. Cindy says:

    Can’t wait for my strawberries to come in and to try making some of these goodies! BBB me please.

  6. Richelle says:

    Yes, BBB please!

  7. Kathy in FL says:

    My personal favorite is blueberry jam. BBB, please!

  8. Lindsay says:

    Oh that strawberry-lemon sounds so delicious, I’ll definitely have to give that one a shot. I made some pear-apple preserve not too long ago that came out really nicely. BBB please! :sun:

  9. June McWhirt says:

    And then there are fruit syrups… I especially love peach. Great on pancakes, waffles or ice cream. BBB please.

  10. Trudy says:

    Yummoo! There’s nothing like homemade jams and jellies. As a matter of fact, I made 27 pints of strawberry jam last month…we’ve eaten and given nearly half of those pints already!
    Please sign me up for the BBB….

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  15. Robin says:

    Thanks for the low-down on types of jams, etc. I’d heard of conserve, but never made one. Maybe this year…..

    I already have a BBB, so don’t enter me.

  16. Crystal George says:

    Love them all…bbb please

  17. Tessa says:

    BBB please, and thank you for the recipe. It sounds gorgeous!

  18. Cat M says:

    Never even heard of a conserve! Adding the info to my canning file.

    Thanks! BBB Please!

  19. Kim V says:

    Black raspberry jam is my favorite. I’m hoping to make some of my own this year from the wild ones growing on our lot. The BBB would be really helpful, sign me up!

  20. langela says:

    I’m trying my hand at dandelion jelly today. Enter me for the BBB giveaway, please.

  21. gfoulds says:

    Love marmalades !! Please count me in .. Thanks and enjoy your vaca ..

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  24. prayingpup says:

    I finally tried my hand at Orange Marmalade & it was so easy. Now, I HAVE to try Strawberry/Lemon Marmalade – it sounds scrumptious! BBB please!

  25. cricketjett says:

    BBB, please!!!

  26. heidiannie says:

    I’d love a BBB- and I’m going to make some marmalade this year. I can’t keep buying jar after jar of this stuff!

  27. Melanie says:

    In the spirit of using what we have, when we moved into out current home I began making mulberry jelly simply because the mulberry tree is already here.

    Now that we’ve also tried our hand at making mulberry wine I’ve had to plant strawberries for my jam! (BBB)

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    Please pick ME for the BBB!!!

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  37. Jeanette Tuck says:

    BBB Looking forward to canning :happyflower:

  38. Vivian says:

    Please sign me up for BBB, love to make jam

  39. LeAnn says:

    BBB, please :happyflower:

  40. WD says:

    Oh my goodness! I saw the picture of the apples, raisins, and dried cherries in syrup and knew I had to make some. That looks beautiful! (That is an honest comment, but I would also really like to try for the BBB book.) I believe you can never get enough knowledge, and knowledge best comes from experiences that others have tried before you get to ruin something ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. farmershae says:

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  42. Dana Nicklason says:

    I’ve always wondered what the differences were :snoopy: BBB

  43. Bighorse says:

    Planning to leave city life. Thanks for the help.

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  45. Nancy Stickler says:

    Does a compote fit in to all that somewhere? BBB please!

  46. Ramona says:

    Thanks for the recipes. Please BBB me! I enjoyed your SC trip.
    MN Mona

  47. Alison says:

    I love all kinds of jams, preserves–whatever you want to call it.
    BBB please.

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  49. Nadeanne says:

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  55. ktlovespie says:

    That strawberry-lemon marmalade sounds so delicious.

    bbb please

  56. Jenny Sterling says:

    Sign me up please! I’ve enjoyed the pics you put up of your Charleston trip, thanks for sharing!

  57. Tracey In Paradise Pa. says:

    I always wondered what conserves were..Thanks for sharing all the info. Strawberry jam!! :shimmy:
    Granny Trace

  58. Kathy G. says:

    BBB, please!

  59. Patricialynn says:

    BBB Please!

    That strawberry lemon sounds yummy!

  60. Christina Bredenkamp says:

    BBB please!

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  63. Barbara Thompson says:

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  64. Rockyshore says:

    Whatever the definition, I love ’em all. BBB for me, please.

  65. Miss Becky says:

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  66. Donna Lovesthe Farm says:

    BBB Please! And thank-you for posting the explanation for fruit spreads, I was not quite aware of the actual differences.

  67. Elizabeth Gastemire says:

    Count me in on the chance to win a BBB prize!

    My Aunt made GERMAN SAUCE by boiling down peaches, sugar, and vinegar. It was delicious on most anything……..but she always served it with roast beef. :snoopy:

  68. Kristen says:

    BBB, please. I can’t wait to can strawberry jam/jelly and other fruits.

  69. Amanda says:

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  70. LindaSue Hartman says:

    I very much enjoy your easy wholesome recipes as well as the animal antics. Include me for the BBB. Thanks for sharing, LindaSue

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  72. Janice Jewett says:

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  73. debby68 says:

    Thanks for breaking it down for us, I love Mulberry Jam! A BBB would be wonderful to win today! Thanks to the donor!!!

  74. Kathleen H in Indiana says:

    Planning the garden and have planted lettuce, radishes, cukes, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and peppers so far. Doing beans this weekend. Would love BBB!

  75. tea4too0 says:

    My daughter just won a pectin giveaway, maybe I will win the
    BBB, and we can go canning jar hunting! Wish us luck

  76. Jody Kundreskas says:

    I want to learn to can! BBB me please! And more canning posts for dummies! Thanks!

  77. windspiritwhimsies says:

    Could I really use this! Especially after my 1st time fail at making marmalade. You can read all about it on the forums. Thanks to all for the kind words and advice! Please enter me-BBB! ๐Ÿ˜†

  78. Lynette says:

    Would love a chance to win a BBB! Thanks!

  79. Trina says:

    Always wanted to try my hand at canning..thanks to the donor for the opportunity. Thanks Suzanne for all the great info.

  80. brookdale says:

    BBB pleeeeease! And thanks for the jam info. I only knew of jam and jelly.

  81. Barbie says:

    I’ve made jam, jelly, preserves, want to try marmalade this year. BBB!!! Thanks! :happyflower:

  82. Phillis McLaren says:

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  83. annabel52 says:

    I’ve gotten brave and made orange marmalade. Now I am ready to move on to conserve and preserve. BBB please

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  85. Judy F says:

    Please enter me into the BBB. :snoopy:

  86. Debbie says:

    Love to win the BBB!

  87. Barbara W says:

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  88. Ann says:

    Thank you for the posts on canning. I do not have any experience , but want to learn!

  89. Beverly says:

    I could use some good news……BBB, Please & Thank You!

  90. SassySouthern says:

    I always wondered what the difference between each was. It’s great to be informed.

    Oh, and BBB please! ๐Ÿ™‚

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