Best J in PB&J?

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What is your favorite J?

Apple Jelly
0
No votes
Blackberry Jam
3
11%
Blackberry Jelly
0
No votes
Black Raspberry Jam
3
11%
Black Raspberry Jelly
0
No votes
Blueberry Jelly
0
No votes
Currant Jelly
0
No votes
Elderberry Jelly
1
4%
Grape Jelly
10
37%
Peach Jam
1
4%
Peach Jelly
0
No votes
Red Raspberry Jam
2
7%
Red Raspberry Jelly
2
7%
Sour Cherry Jam
0
No votes
Sour Cherry Jelly
1
4%
Strawberry Jam
3
11%
Strawberry Jelly
1
4%
 
Total votes : 27

Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:04 pm

I have been seriously craving PB&Js lately. Having a mother who bakes and makes lots of jellies and james, I feel like I have tried just about all of the jelly/jam options that there are for PB&Js. I think my favorite is probably red raspberry jam. In general, I prefer jam to jelly. Strawberry jam our sour cherry jam would probably hold the #2 spot for me.

I fully recognize the significance of the bread used on the sandwich (and PB used) in answering this question, but I don't want it to get too complicated. So, pick your favorite jam/jelly with your favorite bread (and PB) and comment on the bread (or PB) if you feel it necessary. I'll take medium seed content red raspberry jam with PB on fresh italian bread, sliced medium thickness.

What is your favorite J?

*Note: I'm excluding marmalades, vegetable js, and js made from artificial flavors.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby viva la ben on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:06 pm

No Apricot jam
Poll is invalid
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kovy27 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:06 pm

Red Raspberry and Blackberry are really close in my opinion.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby stopper40 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:09 pm

My mother always made her own when I was growing up and she made all kinds and they were awesome. It's hard to just pick one
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby PensFanInDC on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:12 pm

Blueberry Preserves FTW
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:14 pm

Only grape in a "real" PB&J.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby columbia on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:17 pm

Blackberry preserves....through I do like apricot too.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby count2infinity on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:18 pm

My mother makes her own jelly from her fruits she grows. By far and away my favorite is her Raspberry, Strawberry, and Currant mixture. It's delicious. If i'm looking for something store bought then it's mixed berry. Also, grape jelly is disgusting.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby mac5155 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:24 pm

yall are gross. grape is the only answer here.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:36 pm

Grape would be dead last for me. Not good.

Valid objection on no apricot.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:37 pm

count2infinity wrote:My mother makes her own jelly from her fruits she grows. By far and away my favorite is her Raspberry, Strawberry, and Currant mixture. It's delicious. If i'm looking for something store bought then it's mixed berry. Also, grape jelly is disgusting.


That sounds delicious. My mom did a blueberry/peach combo one time, as odd as that sounds, and it was stupendous.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:42 pm

Is currant jam the one with the little "ball" things. I can't stand that stuff. Homeade strawberry is pretty amazing, .

Preserves > Jam > Jelly
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:47 pm

Generally speaking, jam contains the guts, jelly does not. I think jam and jelly are two different types of "preserves." Within the jam category, you have a wide range of amount of guts that are included in the preserve, though.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby redwill on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:49 pm

I prefer honey. But from the list it's good ol' grape.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:52 pm

PB&H? Does not sound appetizing. Well, PB&H could be good -- same basic premise -- but H on B? Eh, I have a hard time finding H on B to be appetizing.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:53 pm

Kraftster wrote:Generally speaking, jam contains the guts, jelly does not. I think jam and jelly are two different types of "preserves." Within the jam category, you have a wide range of amount of guts that are included in the preserve, though.



Yeah, i checked to see how that differentiated, I feel like i've seen "strawberry preserves" as it's own label.

We can just shorten it to Jam > Jelly
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:55 pm

Kraftster wrote:PB&H? Does not sound appetizing. Well, PB&H could be good -- same basic premise -- but H on B? Eh, I have a hard time finding H on B to be appetizing.



You've never put honey on toast?
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:59 pm

Troy Loney wrote:
Kraftster wrote:PB&H? Does not sound appetizing. Well, PB&H could be good -- same basic premise -- but H on B? Eh, I have a hard time finding H on B to be appetizing.



You've never put honey on toast?


Never.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:00 pm

Kraftster wrote:
Troy Loney wrote:
Kraftster wrote:PB&H? Does not sound appetizing. Well, PB&H could be good -- same basic premise -- but H on B? Eh, I have a hard time finding H on B to be appetizing.



You've never put honey on toast?


Never.


Its also the prospect of getting sticky all over from the runny H that scares me away from that. I don't like to get messy and sticky around the mouth when I eat food. Ribs and chicken wings are about the only things I'll get messy for.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby redwill on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:03 pm

Kraftster wrote:PB&H? Does not sound appetizing. Well, PB&H could be good -- same basic premise -- but H on B? Eh, I have a hard time finding H on B to be appetizing.


Different tastes, I suppose.

Of the ones on the list I've only had PB&Js with apple, blackberry, grape, peach, red raspberry, and strawberry. Behind grape, it's peach and then apple for me. Strawberry is dead last.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:04 pm

well, if you see a spot selling toast with honey and thyme...try it out.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Pitt87 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:13 pm

I was a jelly man for years, then my wife introduced me to strawberry jam. Anyone still going with standard grape might as well go full on native:

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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:17 pm

Yeah, the only flaw with jam is it can get a bit too seedy sometimes. Not really an issue for strawberry, but black raspberry, in particular, can have some pretty tough seeds. An excess can be a detractor.

Sour Cherry jam and some others have basically the pitted cherry in there. If I'm eating any jam or jelly solo, something I don't do very often, it is definitely sour cherry jam on fresh french bread. My god, that is about as good as it gets.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby Pucks_and_Pols on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:23 pm

Troy Loney wrote:Is currant jam the one with the little "ball" things. I can't stand that stuff. Homeade strawberry is pretty amazing, .

Preserves > Jam > Jelly


^^^this +1

I prefer homemade strawberry preserves, but I also have to give a nod to homemade currant jam.

For something store bought that packs a great punch try this:

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysraspberryenlightenment.html

We mix it in with my daughter's rice cereal and she absolutely loves it. You only need a little bit to mix in with salads, deserts, or marinades and it has an awesome sweet/tart mix that goes great with quite a few recipies.
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Re: Best J in PB&J?

Postby columbia on Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:38 pm

A peanut butter mixer, for those who prefer the less processed varieties:
http://www.cooksillustrated.com/equipme ... ocid=36030
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