Jam Versus Jelly

Here is a quick compare between jam and jelly, two of our favorite fruit spreads.


Jam is a thick, chunky spread that is made from crushed, chopped or puréed fruit cooked with sugar. The fruit's natural pectin imparts firmness to jam resulting in a semi-jellied texture that is easy to spread but not liquidity. Jams are usually made from the pulp and juice of a single fruit, rather than combining several fruits. Compared to jelly, jam tends to retain more of the fruit’s natural vitamins and minerals. It is also less translucent due to the presence of fruit pulp.


Jelly is a clear or translucent fruit spread made from sweetened fruit or vegetable juice. It is produced in a manner similar to that used for jam with the extra step of filtering out the fruit pulp solids after the initial heating. Jelly has a firm, gelatinous texture. Additional pectin may be added for fruits such as grape that lack sufficient pectin to maintain adequate firmness. Both jam and jelly have a relatively high sugar content.