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    Question Jelly/Jam

    Hi,

    I am getting confused with the words Jam/ Jelly - Which is the one made from cooking fruits and which is the one made from Gelatine?

    Which is AmE and which is BE, well and what shall I call each of them?

    Many thanks

    Mia

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    Quote Originally Posted by mia_piccolina_mia View Post
    Hi,
    I am getting confused with the words Jam/ Jelly - Which is the one made from cooking fruits and which is the one made from Gelatine?
    Which is AmE and which is BE, well and what shall I call each of them?
    Many thanks
    Mia
    'jam' has more cut up pieces of fruit in it, while 'jelly' is like gelatine with only the fruit flavoring in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    'jam' has more cut up pieces of fruit in it, while 'jelly' is like gelatine with only the fruit flavoring in it.
    That works in BE too. (And when the jam is made from some* citrus fruits, with added pectin, it's 'marmalade'.)

    The thing to watch is that 'jelly' on its own (not preceded by the name of a fruit) is in BE a sweet, usually cold dessert - often served with ice-cream. 'Jelly and ice-cream' is traditionally served at children's parties. I believe this is 'jello' in AmE.

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    I mean fruits like oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruit. Strawberries also contain citric acid, and you can't have Strawberry marmalade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
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    I mean fruits like oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruit. Strawberries also contain citric acid, and you can't have Strawberry marmalade.
    ... at least, I thought not, until I saw Strawberry Marmalade
    [It's much less common, according to Google, on UK-only sites; but it still exists.]

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    Jam is fruit preserved by heating to a high temperature with sugar and with the fruit retained.
    Jelly is the juice strained off fruit which has been prepared in this way, and then allowed to solidify.

    The dessert/pudding Jelly is made from gelatine with fruit flavourings. (US = Jello)

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    Jelly is the wobbly one.

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