Jam or jelly? Taste the difference

Greenbush — On Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Wade House kitchen, costumed interpreters will produce and can flavorful jams and jellies.

Visitors will get to experience the canning process by watching and listening to staff as they follow recipes dating back to 1858. Staff will use raspberries picked on the Wade House grounds to make the jam and jelly and then will seal canning jars with brandy-soaked paper rounds and five layers of tissue paper.

Experience the production of flavorful jams and jellies as they were made more than 150 years ago. Interpreters will use raspberries picked on the Wade House grounds and seal the jars of preserves with tissue paper. Come and relive some of the stagecoach inn’s own history.

Interpreters will also explain the differences between jams and jellies. They will explain that both are preserves but are very different when it comes to ingredients, recipe, and overall composition.

Jams are usually made with whole fruits that are boiled in sugar until they form a thick, spreadable gel. Chunks of the original fruit are usually visible and tend to make the end result somewhat lumpy.

The same is not true for jellies. In most cases, jellies are made only from juices, which means that they contain no fruit pieces or seeds. They tend to have a smoother, more uniform consistency as a result.

“Jams & Jellies” will take place at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush, WI. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State Highway 23. Admission is as follows: adults - $11; students/ seniors - $9.25; Children (5-17) - $5.50; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) - $30.

Admission prices include a tour of the new Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, a horse-drawn vehicle ride to the historic area, a guided tour of the stately, 27-room stagecoach hotel, a trip to the Herrling Sawmill to see and feel the rumble of an up-and-down, waterpowered saw, and a journey to the blacksmith’s shop.

Wade House Historic Site is one of 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. For more information, please call (920)526-3271 or visit: wadehouse.org

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