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Artificial vs Organic Jams
Though there are so many jams available you have to be ensure that you are buying only the organic ones. Artificial jams might be popular but carry with them the risks of many health hazards whereas the organic jams and spreads are health beneficial with no side-affects. They do not contain any pesticides and insecticides, have lesser amount of sugar than their counterparts, do not lose nutrients during the time that they are being processed and taste just as great.
Of Jams and Spreads
Jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves are all the products of fruits, fruit juices, sugar and occasionally pectin, the only difference being that some of these contain pieces of fruits while others do not.
Jam is a thick mixture of fruits with sugar, the primary preservative and sometimes pectin. Small pieces of fruit are left behind in jams during the process of making it. The fruits are cut and chopped into pieces and then cooked with sugar and sometimes pectin till the fruit pieces become soft. Water also evaporates while the mixture is being cooked leaving behind the thick spread that we know as jam.
Varieties and Uses: Use blue-berry port jam in-between lemon cake layers, or smear tomato jam on a grilled cheese sandwich or eat red plum jam with beignets.
Jelly is made from juices of fruits and contains sugar and sometimes also pectin. The only difference between jams and jellies is that jelly is strained and hence does not contain solid fruits. It has crystal clear consistency which is achieved by crushing the fruits and cooking them to extract their juice. A jelly bag strainer is used to strain and prevent fruit chunks from slipping through. The juice is then boiled with sugar and sometimes pectin. When jelly sets it does not lose its shape and is firmer than jam.
Varieties and Uses: Spread jelly over French toast or use non-traditional flavors like pomegranate jelly during breakfast to make a great beginning to your day.
Preserves are also made the same way that jams are made. But medium and even large chunks of fruits are left in preserves. Marmalade is also a type of preserve containing pieces of any citrus fruit peel, the most common being Seville oranges. It has a soft consistency and contains pieces of rinds of fruits which are mostly of citrus. Marmalades taste both sweet and sour and with the presence of the rinds, marmalades also have a slightly bitter taste. Citrus not only imparts flavor and aromatic oils to the marmalades, it also contains high amounts of pectin. This is the reason marmalades do not need any additional pectin during processing.
Varieties and Uses: Make your children’s breakfast colorful and appealing with the various flavors of marmalade that are to be found – tangerine, lemon or any other flavored fruit.
Both adults as well as children love eating jams and spreads because they taste amazing and make breakfast a looked-forward to meal. .
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