Jam Versus Preserves

Here is a quick compare between jam and preserves.


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 typically made from the pulp and juice of a single fruit, rather than combining several fruits. Compared to preserves, jam is less chunky and easier to spread.


Technically speaking, preserves refer to a broad food category that includes jam, jelly, marmalade, and various canned foods such as chutneys and pickles. More commonly, preserves are considered to be fruit cooked with sugar and suspended in a syrupy base. Whereas jam is made from crushed fruit, preserves are made from whole fruit such as berries or larger fruits cut into large chunks (such as peach or apple slices). This gives preserves a chunkier texture.