Favorite Jelly?

United States
March 16, 2007 10:32am CST
What is your favorite jelly, jam, or preserve for sandwiches and toast? I like strawberry and raspberry. (Preserves are best.)
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
I agree with you,strawberry and raspberry but I like to make my own
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• United States
31 Mar 07
I love homemade jams and jellies, but never have made my own. It seems like a lot of work! But with the season's best of crop just around the corner, maybe I will give it a try. Is there one versus another that is easier to make (or which seem to be the hardest to make/set?)
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• United States
21 Mar 07
My favorites are black raspberry, cherry, apricot and peach it that order. I try not to eat anything with sugar in it but uses natural juices as a sweetener. I don't care if they are jams, jellies or preserves.
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I have not had any jellies or jams that are sugar free. I guess most of the regular processed ones are fairly high in sugars though aren't they? I don't think I have ever had black raspberry. What is the difference between that and blackberry?
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@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
19 Mar 07
I have tried many different types of jam and jellies and have only really come to like a couple different types. Most of them ended up being way too sweet or had pieces of the fruit in them that I found quite undesirable. My favorites have to be strawberry and raspberry jam or jelly. I also prefer if the raspberry be seedless but it doesn't't matter if it isn't, I'll still enjoy it. I just love the flavor of raspberry jam and strawberry jam. I like it most with some peanut butter as well just as a contrasting flavor and texture. I remember I had apple cinnamon jam once and even though I like apples and cinnamon in pies and apple crisp I will never have the jam again. It was like the core from the apple had made it's way into too much of the jam and gave it a rather intolerable texture. Every bite I had I got a little more of the core in my mouth to the point where the jam almost became crunchy. The only stuff I had eaten previously that was crunchy was peanut butter and I did not enjoy that either. Well I do like crunchy peanut butter but I find it rips the bread each time I spread it on.. Which is annoying.. Plus I am always reminded that I am eating an insect when I take a bite out of my sandwich.. haha.. Anyways in general.. This put me off of having that flavor of jam on my toast or bagel all together. I had also tried orange marmalade one time because I wanted something different. I was really turned off by it as well because they included pieces of the orange and lemon peel in the marmalade. It was almost like they just threw full oranges and lemons into a grinder/slicer and let it go to town on those pieces of fruit. I had one slice of toast with that on it and I decided to make sure to stay away from marmalades in the future. If it wasn't the peel that turned me off, the flavors were almost too sour for my liking and I would have rather had something sweet on my toast instead. I really like strawberry jam or jelly because in essence I like strawberries to begin with. I love how they have a sweet yet slight sour bite to them. The sour isn't overpowering, it's just there at the end of tasting a strawberry to remind me the next mouthful will be just as sweet at the beginning of it. I remember I had strawberry jam one time as a replacement for raspberry and I think the type of jam/jelly had bigger chunks of strawberry right in the mixture. It was awesome. The flavor was so sweet and juicy I might as well have been eating them right off the vine instead. Ever since then I've liked strawberry jam. Raspberry jam has always been a favorite of mine since I was a child. I remember times in Saskatchewan as a youngster and having peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches for lunch when I was on the beach. I also love it just by itself on a crisp slice of toast. I find beyond any other flavor of jam/jelly this is the one that is most versatile. It goes with almost anything. If I didn't have any cream cheese for the bagels I would have in the house at the time I would put some raspberry jam on them instead. It never ever took away from the bagel, it actually made them taste so much better. In conclusion, I have a tendency to like strawberry and raspberry jam over any other flavor out there. Some are too boring to just plain strange. Others have too many mixed fruits within them to even make them appealing. I've seen ones with four or five different fruits in them and when I tried them they did absolutely nothing for me. The jam or jelly I like has to do something to my taste buds and all of these ones with the exception of the raspberry and the strawberry did nothing! . . Thanks for allowing me to share! xx
• United States
19 Mar 07
I like orange marmalade, but only on ocasion too, the texture is quite strange. You are not alone, I have learned, witht he idea of disliking fruit chunks in your spreads. I personally love them! I would take preserves over a basic jelly any day. Thanks again, for taking the time to respond to my discussions!
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• Portugal
1 Apr 07
I like pumpkin and tomato jam. Very good and very healthy. I don't like to mix both, but I like to mix them with butter. I home made is so much more tasty!
• United States
1 Apr 07
Wow I have never had either of those! They sound really good though. I love pumpkin and love tomatoes but have never even seen them in jam or jelly form. Do you make them or do yo buy them?
• United States
7 Apr 07
Speaking of different and uniqu jelly flavors, a girl I work with had made some Manzanita jelly. Have you ever had that kind? I had not even heard of it, but I just tried it for the first time on a piece of whole wheat toast and it was incredible!!
@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
17 Mar 07
i like strawberry with plain toast, but fig or apple butter on a grilled cheese cheese sandwich. If you've never tried this before, you should. just spread a thin layer on one side before placing the cheese. I do cheddar with apple butter or goat cheese with fig. yummmm!
• United States
18 Mar 07
Jelly on a grilled cheese sandwich? Wow that is a new combination! I have never had fig jelly before, but I really do like figs. And apple butter is very good too...
• United States
1 Apr 07
I must have missed the goat cheese part...hmmm....
@bicklelady (1411)
• United States
19 Mar 07
I like peach perserves. We always can different perserves and the year later they are so good.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I have only had peach preserves once in my whole life, but do remember it was very tasty. I should learn to can so I can enjoy all my child hood favorites and ones that are not typically available in stores.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
18 Mar 07
I make my own jam jellies and preserves. My favorite is Saskatoon Berry. Very common here in Alberta Canada. It has such wonderful unique flavour. Opening a jar of any fruit reminds me of the summer I picked them.
• United States
19 Mar 07
That must be a berry only from up north, because I have never heard of it. Does it resemble any other fruit? What color is it?
• United States
17 Mar 07
Pickly cactus pear jam is my favorite of all. Then orange marmilade comes in second.
• United States
19 Mar 07
Orange marmalade is excellent for cooking. I have nevr cactus pear jam-that sounds great though. Where do you buy it from?
• United States
16 Mar 07
It's hard for me to pick one. I like berry flavors the best. My mom, aunt and grandma used to make homemade jellies and preserves every year from my Grandmas farm. We had strawberry, blackberry, elderberry, raspberry, apple, and peach (yuck)! Oh and grape...but I like the berries the best.
• United States
18 Mar 07
What! I like peach!! I had it once when I was a kid (homemade-the best!) I haven't had it since, but I did like it.
@brimia (6585)
• United States
16 Mar 07
I love jam because there aren't real big chunks of fruit but more pureed. I love strawberry and blueberry best but I love them all.
• United States
18 Mar 07
I like jams too, but I really like the fruit chunks-especially in strawberry preserves. In fact, when it come to buying strawberry, I won't buy anything other than the preserves.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
16 Mar 07
I love home made strawberry, cherry, and blueberry jams - with chunks of fruit in them. I do not like raspberry or blackberry jams, but do like them if they are a jelly spread (made from the juice, and do not have all those annoying little seeds)
• United States
18 Mar 07
I don't think I have blueberry either! That sounds very good....is it available at the store? LOL you are not the only one who does not like seeds-although I don't mind them, it seems it is not a very popular "biproduct" of jellies and such.
• India
16 Mar 07
Grapes and strawberry my favorite jams.
• United States
17 Mar 07
The classics-gotta have them!
@Bee1955 (3885)
• United States
16 Mar 07
Grape JAM! - Smuckers jam
I am a grape jam fanatic! Not jelly, not preserves, but JAM. I love the texture the natural taste of the grapes and when I can fine the perfect bagel or English muffin... I am in heaven! I'm now drooling from the memory!
• United States
16 Mar 07
OK, I really don't know-what is th4e difference between jam and jelly? It seems to me jam spreads better than jelly...
@weemam (13377)
16 Mar 07
I am on a healthy eating plan and I have just discovered ALDI belight Apricot sugar reduced spread , it is the nicest thing I have ever tasted in my life , the blackcurrant one is fabulous too , well worth a try xx
• United States
17 Mar 07
I have not ever black currant jelly. I don't think I have ever even seen it in the stores! I will keep an eye out-thanks :)