(1) Preserves: Fruit cooked with sugar and usually pectin and used as a spread. Medium to large chunks of fruit are used in preserves; and pureed fruit is used in jams.
(2) To Preserve: To prepare foods so they can be kept for long periods of time without spoiling. Preserving methods include: refrigeration, freezing, canning, salting, smoking, freeze-drying, dehydrating and pickling.
bar-le-duc is a currant preserve, originating in the French town of Bar-le-Duc. Orignally made with white currants, whose seeds were removed by hand. Today it is made with red and white currants as well as other berry fruits.