preserves jar | How to use it to your benefit

Preserves jars are artisan equipment used to make artisan goods in Stardew Valley. It is similar to the keg, which makes several drinks, and bee house, which makes honey.  You put crops into them and after some processing time you get a delicious good!  The preserves jar makes jelly, pickles, caviar and aged roe depending on what you put in it.  If you’re looking for new equipment to store in your basement, farm building or quarry, or if you’ve grown tired of beer and wine, the preserves jar might just be your next big thing!

Preserves Jar

How to get the preserves jar?

The preserves jar is a reward for completing the quality crops bundle, with 5 gold star parsnip, melon, pumpkin and corn, or if you’re using remixed bundles the rare crops bundle with an ancient fruit or a sweet gem berry, both located in the pantry of the community center.  You can also craft preserves jar after you’ve achieved farming level 4 with 50 wood, 40 stone and 8 coal. 

How to use the preserves jar?

Using the preserves jar is simple, just like most other machines in Stardew Valley just click on it while holding what you want to put in.  Based on what you put in, artisan goods come out!  Putting in fruit will make jelly, putting in vegetables will make pickles, putting in fish roe (those little fish eggs you get from a fish pond!) will make aged roe, unless it’s sturgeon roe, in which case it will make caviar!

What can you make with the preserves jar?

In the description it mentions jam and pickles.  But as I said before, you can make four things with it, jelly, pickles, aged roe and caviar, which is based on what you put it.  I’ll put it here in a table for easy viewing! 

Any Fruit Jelly
Any Vegetable or Ginger Pickles
Sturgeon Roe Caviar
Any Other Fish Roe Aged Roe

How to make the most money with the preserves jar?

The selling price of the preserves are based on the base value of the item you put in.  The base value is the value of a regular quality version of any given item.  The equation is (2 times the base price) + 50g.  So, if you put in a radish, which has a base price of 90g, you will get jelly that sells for 230g.  I know, a lot, right??  The preserve jar takes 2-4 days to process, so it’s a long wait but it does pay off! 

However, if your goal is to make the most money there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind, such as seed price.  With crops like corn, you only need to plant the seeds once for the season and it keeps producing, which lowers the post per crop meaning these types of crops are better turning into artisanal goods.  So crops like corn, eggplant, green beans, taro root, tea leaves, tomatoes, blueberries and hot peppers.  Cheaply gotten crops also included foraged crops.  Although you can’t put everything you forage in the preserves jar you can put fiddlehead ferns, blackberries and salmonberries in it to make pickles and jelly respectively. 

The next thing to consider is whether or not the preserves jar will make the most money from certain crops.  For example, the keg can make different goods with the same crops.  So, let’s explore that in the next section!

Which is better, preserve jar or keg?

The selling price calculation for the keg is the base price of fruits times 3 and the base price of vegetables by 2.25.  This means that if the crop has a higher base price, it will make more money in the keg.  Meaning that fruits with a base price of 50g or lower, and vegetables with a base price of 200g or lower should be put in the preserves jar, and all other fruits and vegetables should be put in the keg.  With the exception of hops and wheat because beer and pale ale both sell for more than pickles because their price is calculated differently.  Kegs don’t do anything with fish roe though, so all of that can go in the preserves jar!

Here is a list of crops, with their base selling price, that will make more money in the preserves jar than the keg:

VegetableBase Sell PriceBase Pickled Price
Amaranth 150g 350g
Artichoke 160g 370g
Beet 100g 250g
Bok Choy 80g 210g
Cauliflower 175g 400g
Corn 50g 150g
Eggplant 60g 170g
Fiddlehead Fern 90g 230g
Garlic 60g 170g
Green Bean 40g 130g
Kale 110g 270g
Parsnip 35g 120g
Potatoes 80g 210g
Radish 90g 230g
Taro Root 100g 250g
Tea Leaves 50g 150g
Tomato 60g 170g
Unmilled Rice 30g 110g
Yam 160g 370g
FruitBase Sell PriceBase Jelly Price
Apricot 50g 150g
Blackberry 20g 90g
Blueberry 50g 150g
Hot Pepper 40g 130g
Qi Fruit 1g 52g
Salmonberry 5g 60g

Crops with higher sell prices, like ancient fruit and coconuts will make more money in a keg.  Here is a list of crops, with their base selling price, that will be better in the keg:

VegetableBase Selling PriceBase Brewed Price
Pumpkin 230g 720g
Red Cabbage 280g 585g
Hops 25g 300g
Wheat 25g 200g
FruitBase Selling PriceBase Wine Price
Ancient Fruit 550g 1,650g
Apple 100g 300g
Banana 150g 450g
Cactus Fruit 75g 225g
Cherry 80g 240g
Coconut 100g 300g
Cranberry 75g 225g
Crystal Fruit 150g 450g
Grape 80g 240g
Mango 130g 390g
Melon 250g 750g
Orange 100g 300g
Peach 140g 420g
Pineapple 300g 900g
Pomegranate 140g 420g
Rhubarb 220g 660g
Spice Berry 80g 240g
Star Fruit 750g 2,250g
Strawberry 220g 660g
Wild Plum 180g 540g

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I am an avid cozy game enthusiast with a passion for cooking, creating and growing food! I have been writing for many years with a particular interest in video game journalism, and I'm so happy to be able to provide great information about Stardew Valley!

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