Jam’s, Jellies, Marmalade and Preserves. There is a difference though mostly I learned them through trial and error.  Like that jelly doesn’t spread through peanut butter as smoothly as jam. I always hated tearing up my PB and J sandwich trying to evenly distribute the jelly and then I found jam and BOOM my life changed. Just like that. So a quick progression of the differences: Jelly is made from the juices of whatever fruit, where jam has a certain, higher percentage of the actual fruit itself and sometimes the seeds.  This changes the consistency a good bit between the two. Moving on, jam would be a preserve if it contained actual parts of the whole fruit and finally marmalade there on the end, sorta close to preserves but different still.  Marmalade is generally made using the peel of the fruit, usually a citrus fruit. They are normally less sweet because well, there is a reason we don’t usually eat much of the peel of an orange with the rest of it! We learned the difference between marmalade and preserves while trying to sweeten up our yogurt. Daniel accidentally came home with marmalade instead because he wanted to try the flavor  not realizing. It’s pretty bitter and chunky really and we didn’t like it much. In the end I’m “thrifty” to put a good word on it and couldn’t make myself throw out a full jar of marmalade even if we didn’t want to eat it. I found this recipe instead and suddenly marmalade may be a staple I keep on hand for a quick dish like this!

Messy Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • kosher salt
  • 1.5 – 2 lb salmon filet

Preheat oven to 400°.Combine first 3 ingredients, stirring with a whisk. Place salmon on rack of a broiler pan lined with foil; sprinkle fish evenly with salt. Spread half of marmalade mixture over fish. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove from oven. Spread remaining marmalade mixture evenly over fish. Preheat broiler. Broil fish 3 minutes or until topping browns.

That’s it! Shockingly tasty for the few ingredients here and so easy!  Plus, if you like salmon but don’t know how to cook fish, this is a really good one to start with.

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