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What's the difference between jam, jelly, and preserves?

I assume the difference in name is due to their cooking processes, but am unsure what exactly makes them different.
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Why do they put the jelly-like substance in pork pies?

I don't like the jelly-like substance found in between the pastry and meat of pork pies, and I don't know anyone that does, so I was wondering why they put it in. Or is it a by-product of the ...
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How to make Jalapeno Jelly?

A friend of mine got into a discussion about how awesome it would be to have really spicy Jelly for a number of things, or atleast just to try the taste. It didn't seem like there was anything that ...
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Why didn't my jello set?

I found a box of lime jello that I have had for a while (at least 6 months). I made it last night, following the directions (boiling water, etc), and left it in the fridge til today. I went to eat it ...
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Suggestions for Brie + Bread + Preserves

I've now tried two different types of Brie cheese from my grocery store. The first was a triple cream version which was very mild and nice. The second was a "Rich and Buttery" (whatever that is ...
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Can most sour fruits be jelled by cooking with sugar?

I make jam all the time, using pectin. But the recipes only list a few dozen common fruits. Recently, I wanted to make crabapple jam or jelly, and I found a recipe that essentially had me cook the ...
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How can I thicken this cranberry-pepper jelly?

In my first attempt at making jelly, I seem to have veered off course. I'm following this recipe for Cranberry-Pepper Jelly: Ingredients 3 red bell peppers, finely chopped 2 Fresno or ...
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Can I use citric acid instead of lemon juice when canning?

I am making wine jelly and have run out of lemons. I have some citric acid in the pantry. Can I use the citric acid instead? The jelly calls for half a cup of lemon juice. If I can use it, how much ...
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What can I do with paprika jelly?

I've made paprika jelly before (combined with raspberry flavour), and I quite like the novel flavour. It kind of reminds me of chili chocolate, but more water based - in a sorbet over ice cream kind ...
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Why can't I scale up jam/jelly recipes?

Pectin packages always explicitly state that jelly/jam recipes cannot be scaled up. My own empirical evidence is limited but I did have a doubled batch not set so I no longer double the batches. ...
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Cooling jelly without a refrigerator

I have a pint of fruit juice, and some Gelatin. I want to make a fruit jelly for after dinner, which will be in 8 hours. Living in the city with a vegetable shop around the corner, I do not have a ...
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Make Jello as firm as agar-agar

I have made jelly using both Jello and agar-agar seaweed. Jelly made with agar-agar is firm. Using concrete-pouring terminology, the agar-agar jellies that I made would have a slump of more than a ...
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Large mesh cheesecloth? Straining pulp (not juice) from plums for jam

Each year I have huge quantities of small cherry plums (roughly 2x cherry size). The problem is the pits. Is there a large mesh cheesecloth available I could try? I've tried cooking partially, then ...
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Making Habanero Jelly - Safety and Preventing Spoilage

I have recently made a large batch of habanero jelly, and followed the recipe exactly (please see References). I am wondering, why is the final boil of the sealed jars necessary? I've already boiled ...
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What is the difference between liquid and powdered pectin?

We have powdered pectin and have a recipe that calls for liquid. What are the differences between the two? How are they made? How do their uses differ? How do you substitute one for the other? what ...