Jam and jelly have a long history – from the Kings and Queens who delighted in their fine creation, the settlers who had to rely on their nutritional value and sustainability, the armies who benefited from the quick energy they provided during battle, to becoming more popular and commonly available among the masses in the 19th century.

Fresh homemade jams, jellies and fruit spreads are closely tied to the Pennsylvania Dutch country food culture. The Amish of Lancaster County, PA are known for their great work ethics and wholesome food, and fruit jellies and jams, and other canned goods, are a big part of their tradition. Families harvest their crops and prepare delicious foods using recipes handed down from generation to generation.

At Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks, we use the old fashioned, Amish recipes and finest ingredients from the abundant Lancaster County to create Amish Maid™ jams and jelly.

These natural jams and jellies are a pantry staple that will enhance any snack or dessert. But, what is the difference between the two?

Fruit is the main and most important ingredient in making jams and jellies, which is why selecting healthy, quality fruit that’s perfectly ripe or a bit under-ripe is essential for a premium quality jam or jelly.

Jelly is made by crushing fruit and straining out everything except the fruit juice; juice is then cooked, sweetened with sugar and thickened with pectin. Pectin is a complex carbohydrate (and a good source of fiber) naturally found in the cell walls of most fruits; when heated with sugar and water, pectin thickens into a gel. Cooking gives jelly a clear, smooth, gel-like consistency.

Jams are made by cooking crushed fruit, and not just the fruit juice, with sugar and pectin until the fruit is soft. This creates consistency of jam that is similar to pureed fruit. Certain jams may still have some pieces of fruit, some even the seeds of the fruit.

The gelatin-like, smooth consistency of jelly seems to be the reason why jelly is significantly more popular with kids than jam. Also, the smooth spread-ability of jelly makes it perfect for PB&J sandwiches. Talking about this staple in almost every American family, did you know that the average American person consumes around 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the time he or she turns 18?

Jams, on the other hand, are much more appreciated and loved by the adults. The richness of flavor and versatility of use make jam a very interesting ingredient for baking, cooking and snacking. Take Amish Maid Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, for instance – what a heavenly food combination: rhubarb's tart flavor pairs perfectly with the sweetness of strawberries. The combined flavors are a great accompaniment to ice creams, French crepes, cupcakes, and sharp cheeses.

Fruit butter is a combination of fruit puree and sugar, cooked until thick, so it’s a lot like jelly except the texture is more like a fruit sauce. It can be made from almost any fruit, although apple is the most commonly used fruit.

Amish Maid™ line offers premium jams and jelly made with the fruit grown locally, and harvested at peak season with no artificial flavorings or colorings.

These lovely traditionally made Amish jelly and jam products come in 12 oz. jars; choose from no sugar added, seedless, and traditional style jams in 14 varieties - from classic flavors such as peach, red raspberry, and grape, to more distinct Lancaster County flavors such as the lively strawberry rhubarb or black raspberry jams.

So add a little bit of sunshine to your morning toast, elevate your scones, and make your baking even more interesting with our delicious Amish jelly and jams and fruit butter made from the yummy fruits found right in our own backyard!

Browse Weaver Nut Sweets & Snacks wide selection of Amish Jelly and jams that will perfectly sweeten any pastry and enhance any snack.

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