November 23, 2005


I have become rather aware that my blog entries have been very serious over the past few days. So, to remedy this:


I like jam very much, but can never decide what my favourite is. What is yours? We've had a heated debate in the lab this week about the seeds/seedless issue. Also, is butter a necessary accompaniment to your toast and jam or does it detract from it? And, I have always wondered this, what is the difference betweem jam and marmalade: surely rindless marmalade is just jam? And what about fruit conserves??

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  1. Blackcurrant jam FTW!!!!

    White bread, a small amount of butter and a lot of blackcurrant jam.

    In the absence of that, raspberry. Seeded on toast, seedless if used as a filling in a cake.

    23 Nov 2005, 11:00

  2. Marmalade all the way!
    Brown (or preferably wholemeal) bread, toasted (but not too crisp), nice layer of butter and a good helping of three-fruit maramalade. Add a cup of tea and it's a perfect Sunday breakfast in bed :o)

    But if we were having a good old English cream tea, it'd have to be strawberry jam with nice chunks of fruit in it…none of this seedless rubbish!

    23 Nov 2005, 11:04

  3. Nice to see you're working hard!

    23 Nov 2005, 11:40

  4. Well, indeed! That's the thing with biology – we spend decent periods of time waiting for things to happen in tubes/on gels/on instruments!

    23 Nov 2005, 11:44

  5. I never liked blackcurrant. It always ends up being a little tart for my tastes. Raspberry is the king of jams, with lots of seeds in it. I also like a good ginger conserve on toast, but that's more like a marmalade

    23 Nov 2005, 11:59

  6. Definitely raspberry, with seeds, and butter is a necessity! I've always wondered what the difference is between ginger conserve and ginger marmalade…

    23 Nov 2005, 13:11

  7. Tiptree Rasberry seedless all the way.

    23 Nov 2005, 13:13

  8. Paul Hunter

    Nice one Sarah…see all the debate this has created :-)
    What about blackcurrant jelly? My Nan has it on rice pudding, and swears by it. Does it count as a jam???
    Let the debate continue…
    Paul x

    23 Nov 2005, 15:19

  9. My favourite is Bonne Maman Raspberry and Redcurrant Jelly – so it has no seeds. It has the sweetness of raspberry with a hint of the tartness of redcurrant. It's delicious.

    The only problem is, you can't buy it in normal, big jars, but only as one of six mini jars in a selection box from Bonne Maman.


    23 Nov 2005, 15:23

  10. Thanks Paul – I thought I should make my blog slightly more lighthearted, at least for the moment!

    Zo, I like the idea of the raspberry and redcurrant jelly – raspberry jam is, i think, my current favourite. Maybe we should petition Bonne Maman to do large jars of it!

    23 Nov 2005, 15:53

  11. Bonne Maman? Surely, you can't be serious…they look all cuddly and faux-french, but they are the one brand of preserve that I have seen in every single supermarket I have ever been to, no matter which country. Bonne Maman must use so many artificial flavours and colours, since there is no way their products ever even saw a hint of the fruit mentioned on the label- there just aren't enough strawberries on this planet.
    St. Dalfour, admittedly also a multinational brand, make highly enjoyable blueberry marmelade.

    23 Nov 2005, 23:11

  12. I will agree on the St. Dalfour; my mum swears by the stuff. Have never been tempted by Bonne Maman before, and tend to stick to Robertson's. I was tempted in week two by a special offer on Tesco's own plum jam, but it just wasn't the same. If it has no recognisable pieces of fruit in it, then stay away.

    Can I ask what people's opinions of seeds are?

    27 Nov 2005, 18:39

  13. Actually, scratch the seeds comment, you've all already mentioned it.

    27 Nov 2005, 18:39

  14. Jam?
    Honey (or maybe Nutella).

    27 Nov 2005, 18:59

  15. jeremy

    Bonne Maman is the only jam you should ever buy. all real fruit. big pieces. yum yum. love it.

    29 Dec 2005, 23:36

  16. Jonny

    I found a dead ant in a newly-opened jar of St. Dalfour strawberry spread, with Use By date 5/12/2008.

    I bought it at Tesco, Maryhill, Glasgow. I will never buy St Dalfour products again.

    06 Feb 2006, 20:26

  17. Ian

    Folks, don’t despair – right here at Tiptree, surrounded by the fields of the Essex countryside, we make raspberry seedless jam from best-quality British raspberries. The great thing for me, and lots of others too is that there are no pips in this jam. It is my absolute favourite, although I would say that wouldn’t I?

    (And we grow raspberries on the farm here at Tiptree too!)


    07 Nov 2006, 16:22

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