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Gourmet Foods 101
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Jams, Jellies & Preserves

Like Mom Makes, Only Better

Gourmet jams, preserves and syrups can be purchased individually or as part of a gift basket.

If you are looking for unique items for the pantry, there's no better place to begin than the World Wide Web. Here, you can shop for products you already know well and learn about other options and ideas.

If you are buying for your own family, it's easy to find unique gourmet food sites with (for example) Vermont apple jam, straight from the source. You can also find authentic name brand Maple syrup, cherry preserves, canned all-fruits and hundreds of other jams, jellies, preserves and syrups.

Before you begin you might need to know basic differences between jams and jellies. Jams are generally made from fruit and/or berries, while jellies are made from the juices of fruits and berries. Syrups are made from juice or sap that has been boiled down to its sweet essence.

Some products contain natural fruit sugars, while others contain additives, including artificial colour, gelatine and preservatives. If you are buying for a family dealing with diabetes or some other special diets, you will need to know the ingredients of jams or syrups.

You may also want to know about the ethnicity or authenticity of preserve items. Many U.S. companies import unique jams, jellies, preserves and syrups from around the world. Buying these from U.S. distributors is much easier than purchasing them from companies in countries where they originate.

On the other hand, many company websites feature store-finders to help you find their products close to your home. They might also have gift baskets or samplers of their products, so you can find out more about your own likes and dislikes.

If you look around you can find absolutely perfect jams and jellies to fill your pantry or those of your friends and family.