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Preserving Food Safely - 01600958


     Sweet spreads are a class of foods with many  textures,
flavors   and colors.  They all consist of fruits  preserved
mostly  by means of sugar and they are thickened or  jellied
to  some  extent.  Fruit jelly is a  semi-solid  mixture  of
fruit juice and sugar that is clear and firm enough to  hold
its  shape.  Other spreads are made from crushed  or  ground

     Jam also will hold its shape, but it is less firm  than
jelly.   Jam  is  made from crushed or  chopped  fruits  and
sugar.   Jams  made  from a mixture of  fruits  are  usually
called  conserves,  especially  when  they  include   citrus
fruits,  nuts, raisins, or coconut.  Preserves are  made  of
small,  whole fruits or uniform-size pieces of fruits  in  a
clear,  thick, slightly jellied syrup.  Marmalades are  soft
fruit  jellies  with small pieces of fruit  or  citrus  peel
evenly suspended in a transparent jelly.  Fruit butters  are
made from fruit pulp cooked with sugar until thickened to  a
spreadable consistency.                                     

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