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can someone recommend a good national brand of strawberry jam/preserves?

stratford Sep 20, 2009 11:36 AM

Barring making my own, wondering what is your favorite brand?

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  1. Uncle Bob RE: stratford Sep 20, 2009 11:52 AM

    I've been known to eat Smucker's....However I find it a bit too sweet. I usually make my own so I can control the sugar...


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      fern RE: stratford Sep 20, 2009 12:12 PM

      I like Bonne Maman preserves, cherry especially. I find it in our ordinary grocery store, Jewel/Albertson's.


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        Boccone Dolce RE: fern Sep 20, 2009 01:33 PM

        Yes Fern- YES to Cherry!
        I call this brand 'Worlds Best Jelly' (even if it's not, technically jelly but I don't really get technical about these things...)
        It's SO good- so tasty, you only need a little and it tastes like someone loved on it before they screwed the lid on tight...

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          Gio RE: Boccone Dolce Sep 20, 2009 06:29 PM

          I heartily agree that the Bonne Maman jams and preserves deserve all the praise. So fresh tasting....
          The jars do double duty in my kitchen for storage of various dressings,etc. as well.

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            Boccone Dolce RE: Gio Sep 22, 2009 03:25 PM

            My husband grew up on Smuckers and had a panic attack when I brought that first jar of Bonne Maman home several years ago... now he does a cute little happy dance in the aisle of Super Walmart when he sees it.

            The 4 fruits makes me smile, and I've had the blueberry and of course strawberry but I really just dig that cherry... I also save the jars.

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          Gigi007 RE: fern Sep 20, 2009 06:46 PM

          I too like Bonne Maman. The local grocery store chain here (Giant) carries it, and I've seen it at gourmet and discount gourmet stores too. I'm partial to the strawberry, but all of the flavors are good

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            Val RE: fern Sep 22, 2009 10:16 AM

            I'm totally with fern on this...maman is great! No HFCS either in case it matters to anyone...we're stuck on the strawberry but will try the cherry soon....love the handy jar to reuse, too;has a nice wide opening.

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              coney with everything RE: Val Sep 23, 2009 06:02 AM

              Try the Bonne Maman fig preserves, my favorite application is on a cracker with goat cheese...

          2. mrbigshotno.1 RE: stratford Sep 20, 2009 12:19 PM

            They are by no means top of the line, but for day to day use the Tropical brand jellies/jams/preserves are OK by me.

            1. mommalisa RE: stratford Sep 20, 2009 12:40 PM

              Trappist Monk Preserves are lovely and uniformly good.

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                sueatmo RE: stratford Sep 20, 2009 12:59 PM

                I eat Smuckers low sugar preserves. These preserves have 1/2 the sugar but have no artificial sweeteners. I suppose they use some thickener or other. But to me the flavor is very good and bright. I like it on toast of course, and also stirred into Fage Greek style yogurt. This product does not taste like normal store bought jam or preserves. To me it tastes better.

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                  Uncle Bob RE: sueatmo Sep 20, 2009 01:06 PM

                  Thanks for the Rec....Never had the Low Sugar Version....Will give it a a try!

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                    rworange RE: Uncle Bob Sep 20, 2009 06:23 PM

                    Smucker's low sugar is good, but I like Smucker's Simply Fruit a little better because it is sweetened with fruit juice. The low sugar isn't as sweet as regular Smuckers because they use real sugar (and some corn syrup) in it rather than HFCS in regular.

                    I thought Dickinsen's was an ok brand ... never as good as they promoted themselves ... however, lately I notice they have started using HFCS for some, including the strawberry.

                    Hero jams and jellies are good too. I've seen them more on mainstream supermarket shelves lately. In the past I usually saw them in ethic stores.
                    http://www.heroamerica.com/9684B1C4D0... Fruit Spreads&path=Home > Retail > Premium Fruit Spreads

                    When I was buying supermarket jelly a lot more frequently, my go to jam was Sorrell Ridge which are also fruit-juice sweetened all-fruit jams.

                2. Fritter RE: stratford Sep 22, 2009 03:03 AM

                  American Spoon foods.
                  However I am biased as Larry Forgione started ASF in my home town with in walking distance from home. All of their products are very good if not awesome and can be found in many stores now. Not cheap but it is the good stuff.


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                    Harters RE: stratford Sep 22, 2009 09:03 AM

                    I also like Bonne Maman (although I buy most jams at farmers' markets).

                    Needless to say, the company only exports its best sellers and there's a much greater range to be picked up in France - we usually visit the Carrefour at Calais and pick up quite a few jars to bring home (along with other goodies of course)

                    1. nomadchowwoman RE: stratford Sep 22, 2009 10:06 AM

                      Agree w/all the posters on Bonne Maman.

                      1. SnackHappy RE: stratford Sep 22, 2009 11:07 AM

                        I'd go with Wilkin & Sons, Bonne Maman and Hero. I like the Smuckers raspberry, but find the strawberry very disappointing. It barely has any chunks of strawberry in it.

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                          Becca Porter RE: SnackHappy Sep 22, 2009 12:08 PM

                          I find the Bonne Maman strawberry WAY too sweet. I have to have a touch of tartness or acidity in my fruit items.

                          I haven't found a strawberry that I love.

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                            Harters RE: Becca Porter Sep 23, 2009 01:27 AM

                            Overly sweet can be a problem with Bonne Maman. I bought four jars of "myrtille sauvage" back from France, as it's one I can't get locally. Unfortunately, the amount of sugar completely overpowers the taste of the fruit and all you get is "sweet".

                        2. cassoulady RE: stratford Sep 22, 2009 01:20 PM

                          I love all Bonne Maman flavors

                          1. Emme RE: stratford Sep 22, 2009 11:22 PM

                            I'm a big fan of Sarabeth's. Love the strawberry peach or apricot as well.

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                              Linara RE: stratford Sep 24, 2009 09:11 PM

                              I've seen the Bonne Maman preserves in the store, but haven't tried them yet. Now I do!

                              My favorite that I've tried so far is the Kirkland Signature Organic Strawberry Spread. It has a bright flavor with big pieces of strawberry.

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                                pinkie914 RE: stratford Mar 30, 2010 10:30 PM

                                I really like Knott's Berry Farm jams and preserves.

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