Stardew Valley Preserves Jar vs. Keg | Which Is Best?

Stardew Valley is a game all about profits and farming. As you grow crops, you actually have quite a few options to choose from afterwards! If you want to sell them cold-turkey, that’s fine. But, if you want to sell them with an accelerated price over time, then we have something to show you! The Preserves Jar and Keg are both critical parts of any farm, since they each can provide massive profits for food. However, how do they work? And should you use one over the other?

Which is Better? Preserves Jar vs. Keg

Stardew Valley Preserve Jar or Keg - Which is Better?

The Preserves Jar and Keg each have unique crops that work best with them. Thanks to this chart from Reddit users PascalLeroi and u/shadowjonn521, you can see each of these items are good at specific fruits. The Keg tends to sell very high-price items, and works best with Fruits. The Preserves Jar sells lower priced items, but is the king of Fish like Roe and Sturgeon Roe and tends to work well with Vegetables.

These below guides assume you want the best profit-for-time.

Best Fruits and Veggies for Keg

Juice and Wine take a bit longer to make than the Preserves Jar items, but multiply the price by a bunch! This makes it worthwhile on items with high base prices. The Keg works best with these fruits and veggies:

  • Ancient Fruit
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Cactus Fruit
  • Cherry
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Crystal Fruit
  • Grape
  • Hops
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Pumpkin
  • Red Cabbage
  • Spice Berry
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberry
  • Wheat
  • Wild Plum

In addition, the keg has specific sellables with Coffee (5 Coffee Beans), Green Tea (1 Tea Leaf), Mead (1 Honey), and Pale Ale (1 Hops)

Best Fruits and Veggies for Preserves Jar

Pickles and Jelly come from the Jar, and come out very, very fast. This makes them work well with most low-cost vegetables and fruit. The Preserves Jar prefers these items.

  • Amaranth
  • Apricot
  • Artichoke
  • Beet
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Beet
  • Bok Choy
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Garlic
  • Green Been
  • Hot Pepper
  • Kale
  • Parsnip
  • Potato
  • Radish
  • Salmonberry
  • Taro Root
  • Tea Leaves
  • Tomato
  • Unmilled Rice
  • Yam

They also have specific sellables in Caviar (1 Sturgeon Roe) and Aged Roe (1 Roe). Aged Roe improves the price of the base fish by 60, making it a consideration for fishing and fish breeding.