What is the Difference Between Jam and Jelly?

Difference between jam and jellyHave we forgotten something?
Marmalade, chutney, conserve, fruit butter, confit, fruit curt, compote, and fruit spread are different types of fruit preserves we love to eat with a variety of baked foods.
A type of fruit preserve, although possessing different names and definitions, both jam and jelly are popular across the globe. For people in the U.S., you will find them being used with, for, or in breakfast foods, desserts, and baked items. On the other hand, people residing in the U.K. love to consume them during an afternoon tea.

Even though we indulge in these sinful and delectable fruit preserves whenever and however we like, majority of us can’t tell the difference between the two. Do you what it is? Can you distinguish between jam and jelly? If your reply is ‘no’, then perhaps the following explanations can be the answers you’ve been looking for.
Jam Vs. Jelly: Which is Better?
Even though both jam and jelly are prepared with fruit, there are many elements that separates one from the other. In this following section, we will reflect over these dissimilarities and understand once and for all what each of these food accompaniments are.
One of the more popular fruit-based preserve, jams are prepared with one or more fruits (chopped, crushed, puréed, frozen), sugar, water, pectin (thickening agent), and lemon juice. You can use jams by spreading them between two layers of cake, topping a cheesecake, filling cookies, muffins, and cupcakes, or using to flavor frostings.

Cherry Jam
Cherry Jam
Apricot Jam
Apricot Jam

To prepare different types of jam, all the ingredients are cooked (more like simmered) together until the fruit(s) turns soft and lumpy as they lose

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes for Kids

Thanksgiving dessert recipe for kids - Pilgrim hatsAs per historical evidence, there are no references of cranberry sauce prior to the year 1663 – exactly 42 years or an entire generation after the celebration of the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth. This is probably because sugar – a supremely important ingredient for making cranberry sauce – was a very expensive and, therefore, luxury item in those days. So, one can safely conclude that the first Thanksgiving did not involve the consumption of cranberry sauce. Cranberries were eaten abundantly, but not cranberry sauce.
He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart. – J. A. Shedd

I so totally agree with the poet. Nothing is complete without the concord of the felt and the expressed. However, it is also true that the manner of expression may also influence the way one feels. It is, therefore, that we have established certain customs and rituals for certain days of the year so that the coming generations know more about these special days and, therefore, start to understand their importance. Thanksgiving is one such day.

But as an adult, there are a myriad things that you need to do for Thanksgiving. Be it making a goat horn-shaped cornucopia, replete with the bounties of Mother Nature or cooking up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner comprising turkey, ham sandwiches, yams, and baked sweet potatoes with butter, it is a handful. So, if you could get your kids to contribute in the preparations, it would serve a two-way purpose. Not only will they learn the ways of preparing for Thanksgiving, but it will also help them to enjoy the moment as a family member. So, here are some Thanksgiving dessert recipe ideas for kids

Simple Instructions for Preparing Guava Jelly

Steps to make guava jellyGuavas contain a high level of pectin, which is a gelatinous polysaccharide present in ripe fruits. Hence, guava is used for making jams and jellies.
Colombia is a major guava producer, and the people here have come up with creative recipes to consume this fruit in different ways, one of them being guava jelly. Guava jelly happens to be a traditional Colombian sweet. They make it by adding panela (unrefined whole cane sugar) to guava pulp. Guava jelly has an alternative name ‘bocadillo Veleño’ in the town of Vélez, Santander Department, Colombia, because it is produced on a large scale there. It is also prepared in Venezuela along similar lines, and there it goes by the name ‘bocadillo’.

Although guava jelly is commercially available, it can be easily made at home too. This is also a cheaper and a healthier option, since you can cut down on the preservatives that are usually used. As such, we give you simple, step-by-step instructions to prepare guava jelly at home.
Instructions for Preparing Guava Jelly at Home
Guava in basket
Ripe guavas, 3 lb
Water in bowl
Water, 1 cup
Sugar in bowl
Sugar, 3 lb
Fresh lime juice
Lime juice (to taste)

Peel the guavas.
Cut them into small pieces.
Blend the cut guava pieces in a blender until you obtain a smooth consistency.
Pour this guava paste in a ceramic pot.
Cook this mixture on medium flame.
Keep stirring continuously.
Continue until the paste is cooked and you see big bubbles forming on the surface.
At this point, while the paste is piping hot, take a muslin cloth or a strainer and pour the mixture over it, while keeping a container below.
Strain the paste; some guava seeds will remain on

Quick Dinner Ideas for Two

Quick dinner ideas for twoCooking for two may seem like a piece of cake to many, especially for someone who does it everyday, but for those who don’t cook or have gotten used to cooking for a large number of people, cooking for just two people becomes tricky. This is where dinner recipes that can be prepared quickly will come in handy. Before we get onto some interesting and easy recipes, let’s understand what a dinner for two entails.

When it’s just two people, you are dependent on each other to keep the conversation going, that means you can’t keep running to the kitchen to fix meals. Also, it is very important to learn about your guest’s food preferences. After all, you don’t want your guest thinking that they rather eat somewhere else!

Green Salad
Green Salad

Chopped canned artichokes, ½ cup
Canned chickpeas, ½ cup
Cherry or grape tomatoes, ½ cup
Chopped celery, ½ cup
Avocado, peeled and pitted, ¼
Bite-size pieces of green leaf lettuce, 4 cups
De-veined cooked shrimp, 6 oz.
Anchovy paste, ½ tsp.
Tarragon vinegar, 1 tsp.
Skimmed buttermilk, 2 tbsp.
Chopped fresh chives, 1 tbsp.

For this recipe, you need to puree avocado, buttermilk, chives, tarragon vinegar and anchovy paste in a blender, until smooth and refrigerate for a day. Divide the remaining ingredients and place them in two plates, drizzle the dressing over the salad.

Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup

Frozen mixed vegetables, 8 ounces
Cubed cooked chicken breast, 1 cup
Reduced fat condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 can
Reduced sodium chicken broth,1 can
Minced onion, ½ tbsp

In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and onion to a boil. Reduce heat, and frozen vegetables.
Cover and let it

Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

Easy dinner recipe for two - blueberry muffinsWhether it’s Valentine’s Day eve or just a simple date, a dinner for two should be a warm and cozy affair, that gives you enough scope to spend quality time with your partner or friend. Some basic guidelines for beginners to keep in mind are whatever meal you cook should appeal to the taste buds of your guest. Along with this, creating a perfect ambiance for the dinner, especially if it’s a romantic dinner, is equally important. Champagne, flowers and candles, soft background music, etc., will surely add a personal touch to the evening. However, if you want to make the most out of the evening, make sure you are already done with the cooking well before your guest arrives.
Tuna Casserole
tuna casserole
Macaroni: 2 cups
Tuna: 1 can
Garlic: ½ tsp
Onion: (chopped) 1
Margarine/butter: 2 tbsp
Campbell’s Cream of Celery Soup: 1 can
Cream cheese: 1 small pack
Dry mustard: ½ tsp
Grape nuts: ¼ cup
Milk: ¼ cup
Green Peas: ½ cup
Method of Preparation
Cook the macaroni as per the instructions on the package and keep it aside. In a casserole dish, add cream of celery, softened cream cheese and milk, and mix well until smooth. Next, add the tuna, garlic, dry mustard, onion and cooked macaroni, and stir well. Add grape nuts and green peas to the melted margarine and spread this mixture over the top of the casserole. Finally, bake the dish in a preheated oven at 375°F for 40 – 45 minutes, and serve.
Slow Cooker Ribs
slow cooked pork ribs
Pork baby back ribs: 4 pounds
Brown sugar: ½ cup
Ketchup: 2 cups
Vinegar: 4 tbsp
Chili sauce:

Easy Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Thanksgiving dinner for twoOne of the hardest things to do is to plan a holiday meal for just two people. Although you want to enjoy an elaborate meal, you know that cooking a huge turkey and lots of pies will leave with a month’s worth of leftovers that you have to struggle to finish.

This does not mean that you have to make do with hot dogs and chips for your Thanksgiving dinner. All you need to do is scale down things a bit and stick to the traditional Thanksgiving theme. So instead of cooking a huge turkey, consider stuffed turkey breasts or a simple roast turkey instead. This Buzzle article provides some simple, no-hassle, delicious recipes that are sure to please your better half this Thanksgiving.

Salad with Pears and Gorgonzola


Pears, 2 (cored and sliced)
Butter lettuce, 1 head (cored, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces)
Candied pecans, ½ cup
Gorgonzola cheese, ⅓ cup (crumbled)
Pomegranate seeds, ¼ cup

Salad with Pears and Gorgonzola
For the Dressing:

Roasted hazelnut oil, ⅓ cup
Champagne vinegar, 2 tbsp.
Honey, 1 tbsp.
Shallot, 1 tbsp. (ground)
Whole-grain mustard, 2 tsp.
Salt and pepper, a pinch each

Directions for Preparation

For making this simple, easy Thanksgiving dinner appetizer, toss the washed and torn lettuce with the pears, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, and Gorgonzola in a large salad bowl.
For the dressing, place the mustard in a bowl and whisk the honey, shallots, and vinegar into it.
While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the hazelnut oil.
Season this with salt and pepper and toss half of this dressing over the salad.

Easy Roasted Herb Turkey


Turkey, 1 (whole)
Water, 2 cups
Olive oil, ¾ cup
Garlic powder, 2 tbsp.
Basil, 2 tsp. (dried)
Sage, 1 tsp. (ground)
Salt, 1 tsp.
Black pepper, ½ tsp.

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