As sauces or toppings, dessert garnishes or fillings, or as a base for salsas or fruit glazes, jams and jellies are important ingredients for a host of sweet and savory dishes. Though they come in a multitude of flavors, jams and jellies share three basic ingredients: fruit, sugar and pectin. Fruit, of course, provides flavoring and nutrients while sugar serves as a preservative and sweetener. The thickening agent, pectin, is a natural ingredient in many fruits and vegetables, but it is ...

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