Fruit preserves

Fruit preserves

The category of fruit preserves include jellies, jams, and preserves, which are made with fruit, sugar, acid, and pectin, and fruit butters, which is puréed fruit cooked down to a concentrated level.

apple butter, black butter, Irish black butter
apple butter
Apple butter isn't made from real butter. Instead, it's made by cooking apples until the sugar in them caramelizes, turning the sauce a rich brown color. It's used as a spread, and also as a fat-free substitute in many baking recipes.
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apple jelly
apple jelly
You can use this like any other jelly, but it's often used as a glaze when roasting pork.
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applesauce, apple sauce
applesauce
Applesauce is a purée made from cooked apples. It's often flavored with sugar, lemon juice, and spices like cinnamon and allspice. It's often served as an accompaniment to pork, sausages, and potato pancakes. It can also be used as a fat substitute in baking.
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black currant jelly
black currant jelly
Black currant jelly is sweeter than more common red currant jelly.
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cloudberry preserves
cloudberry preserves
These preserves are sweet and somewhat mild. Look for them in Scandinavian markets.
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cranberry sauce
cranberry sauce
This is a classic accompaniment to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. It's made of cranberries that have been cooked with sugar and other flavorings, like orange zest, ginger, port, or maple syrup.
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ginger jam
ginger jam
Look for this in Asian grocery stores.
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lemon marmalade
lemon marmalade
This is made by boiling the fruit and peel of lemons with sugar, pectin, and water. It manages to be bitter, sour, and sweet all at once, which many people find delightful.
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Lighter Bake
This is a mixture of pureed prunes and apples that serves as a fat substitute in baking.
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maraschino cherry
maraschino cherry
These sugar-soaked and dyed cherries come in two colors: red (almond flavored) or green (mint flavored). Cooks usually use them to garnish desserts and drinks.
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mincemeat
mincemeat
Mincemeat is made with dried fruit, nuts, citrus peel, spices, and sometimes brandy, rum, or some other liquor. It used to be made with meat as well, and ready-made jars of it sometimes contain beef suet. It's often used for holiday pies.
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mint-flavored apple jelly
mint-flavored apple jelly
This is sometimes served with lamb, veal, or game.
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muscadine jelly
Made from muscadine grapes, this is a redder, tarter version of grape jelly.
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orange marmalade, marmalade, Orange
orange marmalade
This is made by boiling the fruit and peel of oranges with sugar, pectin, and water. It manages to be bitter, sour, and sweet all at once, which many people find delightful.
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quince paste, membrillo, dulce de membrillo
quince paste
This is a Spanish and South American delicacy that's similar to quince jam, only thick enough to cut into slices. It's terrific which cheese or nuts.
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red currant jelly
red currant jelly
Red currant jelly is tart and often served with lamb and venison.
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