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Artisan goods are a great source of money in Stardew Valley. From wine and cheese to jelly and mayonnaise, you can become an expert in anything. To make these goods though, you will need specific pieces of equipment.

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Two of these pieces of equipment, the keg and preserves jar, are pretty similar. You add fruits or vegetables and receive jam, juice, or wine a few days later. Which one is more profitable though? In this guide, we are going to look at kegs and preserves jars to see which one is better. First, let's take at how each one works.

Kegs

Stardew Valley Kegs Producing Pale Ale

Adding various crops to kegs allows you to create beverages, such as beer and coffee. Below, you can find what beverages will be produced based on the item that you add. Additionally, you can find how long it will take to process.

Beverage Ingredients Time until Complete Sell Price
Beer 1 Wheat 1 Day 200g
Coffee 5 Coffee Beans 2 Hours 150g
Green Tea 1 Tea Leaves 3 Hours 100g
Juice 1 Vegetable (any variety) 4 Days 2.25 x base price of vegetable
Mead 1 Honey 10 Hours 200g
Pale Ale 1 Hops 1 to 2 Days 300g
Wine 1 Fruit (any variety) 6 to 7 Days 3 x base price of fruit

As you can see above, the price of wine and juice is dependent on the fruit and vegetable added. For example, cherries sell for a base price of 80g, however, when turned into cherry wine, it will sell for a base price of 240g.

Mead, wine, and pale ale can also be added to casks. Doing so will 'age' the product, raising the quality. If you add wine to a cask, you can increase the quality to iridium, and the wine will now sell for twice as much. For example, if the cherry wine from earlier is added to a cask, then it will now cost 480g.

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Preserves Jar

Stardew Valley Preserves Jars In Lines

Now, let's take a look at the preserves jar. This item will turn fruit into jelly, vegetables into pickles, and roe into caviar. Below, you can find each item that the preserves jar produces.

Product Ingredients Time until Complete Sell Price
Pickles 1 Vegetable (any variety, including ginger) 2 to 3 Days 2 x vegetable base price, + 50
Jelly 1 Fruit (any variety) 2 to 3 Days 2 x fruit base price, + 50
Caviar 1 Sturgeon Roe 4 Days 500g
Aged Roe 1 Roe 2 to 3 Days 2 x roe base price

Similar to adding fruits and vegetables to a keg, prices will vary when these items are added to the preserves jar. If we added a cherry to the preserves jar, then a cherry jelly will be produced a few days later that sells for 210g.

Which One Is More Profitable?

player standing next to kegs in the island farmhouse, while holding an ancient fruit

So, which one is more profitable? There is no simple answer to this question. While looking at the selling price for the items, you may think that kegs are better. A keg will triple the price of fruit, while a preserves jar just doubles the price. Going by this, the keg seems better, but you have to take into account the processing time.

After about six days, one keg will produce cherry wine that costs 240g. During this time, a preserves jar can process cherries into jelly twice. These two cherry jellies will cost 520g. Unlike jelly, the cherry wine can then be added to a cask, boosting the selling price even more.

Based on individual items, kegs are more profitable for fruits, while preserves jars are more profitable for vegetables. Below, you can find the best items for the keg and preserves jar determined by the selling price per item.

Fruits Vegetables
Best Items For Kegs
  • Ancient Fruit
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Cactus Fruit
  • Cherry
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Crystal Fruit
  • Grape
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Rhubarb
  • Spice Berry
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberry
  • Wild Plum
  • Pumpkin
  • Red Cabbage
  • Hops
  • Wheat
Best Items For Preserves Jars
  • Apricot
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Hot Pepper
  • Qi Fruit
  • Salmonberry
  • Amaranth
  • Artichoke
  • Beet
  • Bok Choy
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Garlic
  • Green Bean
  • Kale
  • Parsnip
  • Potato
  • Radish
  • Taro Root
  • Tea Leaves
  • Tomato
  • Unmilled Rice
  • Yam

Overall, kegs make more money over a longer period of time, while preserves jars are best for making money quickly.

The processing time for preserves jar is quicker, meaning that you can sell the pickled items and jellies to make money immediately.

Should You Prioritize The Keg Or Preserves Jar?

shed in stardew valley filled with caviar
via Lonyx/Steam

You should aim to have both of these items! Although preserves jars may yield money immediately, it's good to have a few kegs around your farm. Not every wine will be worth the season-long process time in a keg, however, this does not hold true for every fruit. For example, ancient fruit wine that has been aged in a keg until iridium quality will sell for 4,620g. This is an incredible sell price, and you should definitely turn your ancient fruits into wine.

It's important to know that favoring either one of these pieces of equipment is fine. There is no 'wrong' way to run your farm. Overall, you should just remember that kegs bring in money over a long period of time, while preserves jars will bring in money over a shorter period of time.

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