Jelly, Jam, and Preserves: What’s the Difference?

Yesterday, I posted about the fair coming to town this month, and asked you to comment on what I should enter in the home canning competition. (If you haven’t commented yet, click here and leave your advice for me!) Well, the competition rules are very specific regarding the categories entered – so specific, I had to know whether my entry was a jelly, jam, preserve, chutney, marmalade, fruit butter, etc.  I knew jellies and jams were different in texture and consistency, but what’s the difference between jams and preserves? After researching this, I found there are very specific differences, and the recipe ingredients and procedures are a good indication of what it is. Now I want to share with you what I learned. (Photo credit:   Learn the difference!