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britishsm
845162.  Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:32 pm Reply with quote

Some QI Jammy questions & answers

I have a pot of Strawberry Conserve and Strawberry Preserve - whats the difference ?

Quote:
well - both are strawberry jam, however Arthur Charles Wilkins of the Britannia Fruit Preserving Company decreed that jam made with home grown fruit should be labelled "conserve" and jam made with imported fruit should be labelled "preserve".


What should marmalade taste off?

Oranges? good gracious no! ... Marmalade was originally Quince jam (from the latin melimlon (honey fruit) as boiled quinces were added to honey) - in 1524, Henry VIII received a "box of marmalade" from Mr. Hull of Exeter, which is believed to have been a quince paste from Portugal (said to have been an aphrodisiac!) , where even today you can buy "marmelada" which refers only to a solid gel-like substance made of quinces.
So where does the citrus come in, I have heard that the orange peel was added to provide extra pectin to let the preserve set longer for carriage on ships to "the new world", however I can find no proof of this - so aside from the fact that the quince is rammed full of pectin - I would suggest it was probably a taste thing as quince jam can be incredibley sweet and so adding some bitter orange peel to temper the sweetness seems plausible.


B.

 
nicholasjwest
845401.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:34 pm Reply with quote

I can't remember where I heard it, but apparently the average American child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jam sandwiches.

 
Jenny
845419.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:07 pm Reply with quote

And that's only on Sunday!

 
CB27
845427.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:13 pm Reply with quote

In Houston that's their weekly ration...



Edit: Damn, Jenny beat me to it!

 
bobwilson
845465.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:11 pm Reply with quote

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peanut butter and jam sandwiches


[pedant]surely - peanut butter and jelly?[end pedant]

 
CB27
845511.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:42 pm Reply with quote

Only if you're talking to an American. If you're talking to an English person it's jam.

 
bobwilson
845513.  Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:46 pm Reply with quote

I assumed we'd be talking to an American since it referred to 'the average American child" - although since they'd have their mouths full maybe there'd be a non-American interpreter on hand? (This sounds like the plot for a porn-movie - mouth full, someone "on hand").

 
redtomcat
845745.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:24 pm Reply with quote

britishsm wrote:
Some QI Jammy questions & answers

I have a pot of Strawberry Conserve and Strawberry Preserve - whats the difference ?

Quote:
well - both are strawberry jam, however Arthur Charles Wilkins of the Britannia Fruit Preserving Company decreed that jam made with home grown fruit should be labelled "conserve" and jam made with imported fruit should be labelled "preserve".


What should marmalade taste off?

Oranges? good gracious no! ... Marmalade was originally Quince jam (from the latin melimlon (honey fruit) as boiled quinces were added to honey) - in 1524, Henry VIII received a "box of marmalade" from Mr. Hull of Exeter, which is believed to have been a quince paste from Portugal (said to have been an aphrodisiac!) , where even today you can buy "marmelada" which refers only to a solid gel-like substance made of quinces.
So where does the citrus come in, I have heard that the orange peel was added to provide extra pectin to let the preserve set longer for carriage on ships to "the new world", however I can find no proof of this - so aside from the fact that the quince is rammed full of pectin - I would suggest it was probably a taste thing as quince jam can be incredibley sweet and so adding some bitter orange peel to temper the sweetness seems plausible.


B.


marmalade should taste of whatever Citrus fruit was used to make it. Seem to remember something about an old EU directive.....

ps Posts in white didn't help me .....

 
Posital
845789.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:46 pm Reply with quote

Top tip - if you want to read white posts, simply select the text...

PS: Quoting the entire OP doesn't help me either...

 
onion
845791.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:53 pm Reply with quote

CB27 wrote:
Only if you're talking to an American. If you're talking to an English person it's jam.


I believe not, there is a distinction (correct me if i'm wrong), jam has 'bits' in it (as in seeds,skin, etc) and jelly is smooth, and is often more solid.
Hence us having both bramble jelly and blackberry jam both made of the same fruit.

 
Efros
845805.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:53 pm Reply with quote

Probably been mentioned before but... Peanut butter was originally sold with added bacon.

 
'yorz
845833.  Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:56 pm Reply with quote

Honest? Never heard of that one.

 
Jenny
846044.  Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:13 am Reply with quote

I've never heard of that either. Now it seems to be sold with additional marshmallow fluff. This probably explains a lot about the difference between the current generation of Americans and their forbears.

 
CB27
846127.  Tue Sep 13, 2011 12:32 pm Reply with quote

Oh yeah, forbears love peanut butter :)

 
Spud McLaren
846163.  Tue Sep 13, 2011 2:32 pm Reply with quote

What about fivebears and aftbears?

 

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