Saturday, April 20, 2013

did u know....

did u know....
A chutney is a pungent relish of Indian origin made of fruit, spices and herbs. Chutney refers to a wide-ranging family of condiments from Indian cuisine that usually contain some mixture of spice(s) and vegetable(s) and/or fruit(s). There are many varieties of chutney.
Confit, means "to preserve", is most often applied to preservation of meats, but it is also used for fruits or vegetables seasoned and cooked with honey or sugar till jam-like.
A Conserve, or whole fruit jam is a jam made of fruit stewed in sugar. Often the making of conserves can be trickier than making a standard jam.
Fruit butter refers to a process where the whole fruit is forced through a sieve or blended after the heating process. "Fruit butters are generally made from larger fruits, such as apples, plums, peaches or grapes. Cook until softened and run through a sieve to give a smooth consistency. After sieving, cook the pulp & add sugar and cook as rapidly as possible with constant stirring...
The finished product should mound up when dropped from a spoon, but should not cut like jelly. Neither should there be any free liquid."
Fruit curd is a dessert topping and spread usually made with lemon, lime, orange, or raspberry. The basic ingredients are beaten egg yolks, sugar, fruit juice and zest which are gently cooked together until thick and then allowed to cool, forming a soft, smooth, intensely flavored spread.
Fruit spread refers to a jam or preserve with no added sugar.
Jam typically contains both the juice and flesh of a fruit or vegetable. The term "jam" refers to a product made of whole fruit cut into pieces or crushed then heated with water and sugar to activate its pectin before being put into containers.
Jelly is a clear or translucent fruit spread made from sweetened fruit (or vegetable) juice and set using naturally occurring pectin.
Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. It can be produced from lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, sweet oranges, or any other citrus fruits, or any combination.
Gelatin is a colorless, flavorless thickening agent that is used to give body to molded salads and desserts. A by-product of meat processing, most gelatin is in granulated form.

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