Lockdown has left us all twiddling our thumbs and finding innovative new ways to keep ourselves occupied from new crafts to working through the to do list. If you’re looking to get organised, rejig the clutter and just have a general tidy up, then glass jars are your new best friend! We’ve got some tips and tricks for using glass jars to organise your home.
If your spice cupboard is in disarray with open bags of this and that and hard to read containers that leave you searching high and low for what you need, then using glass jars can help you to rectify this. Simply decant spices into them and label appropriately. If your spices are kept in a traditional cupboard, then label the lids for easy identification, or if they are in a rack, label the front of the jar.
Buying in bulk can often save money and reduce the amount of packaging used, particularly where laundry detergent is concerned. If you find pouring fabric softener from a heavy and clunky tub difficult, then glass bottles that you refill over time can make laundry that little bit more bearable! Glass jars are also great for soap nuts, powder and tabs, depending on your preference.
Whether you’re an upholstery nut or just have a sewing kit for emergency repairs, we’ve all had to deal with tangled thread before now. Get rid of de-tangling frustration by storing those loose spools in a glass jar which prevents movement and will make the sewing kit tidier.
Admit it – we all have one. That draw where things go to gather dust that we reach into once in a blue moon. It needn’t be difficult to find what you’re looking for though, like with your spices, try to categorise it and store bits and bobs in glass jars for a simple tidying solution.
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Despite being one of the coldest and wettest months of the year, February is a great season for vegetable produce in the UK and whether you have been growing your own or just want to make use of what is abundant in the supermarkets, we’ve got some great ideas for you to cook up this month. All of our recipes can be stored in glass jars with lids, extending their shelf life and giving you delicious treats to enjoy all year round.
This delicious root vegetable is naturally sweet and is packed full of vitamins and works brilliantly with a number of meals. Pickled beetroot is deliciously balanced between sweet, salty and sour and adds a savoury crunch to sandwiches, salads or burgers and its vibrant colour makes eating with the eyes just as pleasant. To preserve this, simply cook off the beets in the oven until they are soft, then pop in glass jars with lids before pouring on a pickling liquid made from vinegar, sugar, salt and any spices or herbs that you enjoy the flavour of.
There’s nothing quite so quintessentially British as an apple and with so many varieties with unique taste profiles it is great in sweet and savoury dishes alike. We recommend storing apple chutney in glass jars with lids, ready to pop onto a cheese board, slather on a pork pie or spread on a thick sandwich! To make a chutney, simply peel and chop the apples down to a chunky size and add them to a pan with sugar, water, vinegar and some spices, bring to the boil and simmer until the mixture wrinkles on a cold plate.
Cabbages, onions and carrots are all in season this month and when chopped finely or grated and mixed with mayonnaise or salad cream, they make delicious coleslaw! If you’re feeling adventurous you can make your own mayonnaise using eggs, salt, vinegar and olive oil, then mix it all together in a bowl before storing in the fridge in glass jars with lids.
With home-schooling extended and staying inside being encouraged, people across the country are trying their hands at new crafts and ways to be creative to pass some time, achieve some goals and just have a bit of fun. Jam jar crafts can provide an endless source of entertainment for young and old alike and can be cheaper than many other hobbies, making them a good source of weekend fun without breaking the bank.
A Lick Of Paint
Painting jam jars can give them a new lease of life and as containers by nature, they’re great for a variety of uses. With patterns and colour on them, they can make brilliant candle or tealight holders, pencil pots, mantle décor or even just snazzy storage. If you’re looking for ways to jazz up your home, you can even upcycle them and use them as mood light fittings, change pots, vases for flowers or funky hanging decorations to suit your taste. If you decide you want to change their design, simply paint over them for a decoration that moves with the times.
House plants are all the rage at the moment, but if you’re not green fingered or don’t fancy the responsibility of looking after a large plant, then you can build a small vivarium out of a jam jar. Simply purchase a cactus or low maintenance plant that doesn’t require watering, insert this into the jar and then decorate with other bits and pieces. Go rustic with some stones and a few leaves or go glam with glitter and gizmos!
In the Kitchen
Cooking is an extremely rewarding way to pass the time and jam jars can be a baker’s best friend! Make yourself a cake jar, some juicy jam, punchy pickles or even just a spice blend and keep them all stored in your jam jars – decorated or otherwise.
If you’re thinking of setting up a business in 2021 or switching suppliers for your kitchenware provider, then our glass jars wholesaler can help. We have stocks suitable for a variety of applications from food and beverage products on a large scale to a small-time crafts specialist. All of our glass products are eco-friendly and can withstand high sterilising temperatures for repeat use, can be recycled and are available with a variety of lid and cap options.
Our glass jars wholesalers have a variety of aromatherapy and chemical containers suitable for small and large businesses to use. With the classic brown glass available, customers can contain creams, serums, powders and oils in these vestibules, and they will keep them fresh and stable for long periods of time. We can also offer clear alternatives for people seeking a different aesthetic from their products. Previously we have supplied these goods to the cosmetic, aromatherapy, medical and holistic industries.
With a selection or preserving, storage and jam jars our glass jar wholesalers is a firm favourite amongst food production clients with customers ranging from jam makers, sauce producers and small market stallholders. Glass jars are suitable for containing a wide variety of food goods and are even more popular at present as companies seek to use more environmentally friendly packaging alternatives to plastic.
Another industry that can use glass jars is the craft industry, whether you make candles, ornamental features or painted decorations our glass jars wholesaler can provide a range of different shapes and sizes for all creative pursuits. We have a dedicated wedding favours section and another for miniatures so are well suited to a range of crafts.
Marmalade season is once again here and bringing some sweet, bright joy to an otherwise dark and grey January. Whether you’re a seasoned jam maker or it is your first time having a go, our easy-to-follow recipe is suitable for everyone to use this month. Seville oranges are the traditional citrus fruit to be used which offer sweetness as well as sharpness to the preserve and they are readily available at this time of year because they’re in season. Remember you need jam jars to store your sweet sticky spread!
What You Need
Lightly butter the base of a saucepan to help prevent the marmalade from catching and pour your water into the pan.
Cut your lemons and oranges in half and squeeze out the juice into the water.
Next cut up your orange skins into quarters, then one by one roll them tightly up and cut into little shreds – how big you cut these is up to your preference.
Add these to the liquid mix and bring the pan to the boil.
Simmer very gently for 2 hours until the peel is very soft. It is done when you can squeeze a piece of peel in half but be careful to let a test bit cool before attempting this.
Add the sugar to the pan, stirring over low heat until all the crystals are dissolved and then simmer for 15 minutes.
To test if the marmalade is ready, place a plate in the freezer and drop a few drops onto it. If the mixture crinkles when you push it with your finger it is ready to be poured into your jam jars. If it isn’t quite done, keeping testing it at five-minute intervals.
We all plan to improve ourselves in the new year, making resolutions that most of us half-heartedly stick too, but with a bit of planning and preparation keeping true to your new lifestyle. Healthier eating, weight loss and eating more fruit and vegetables are common promises amongst the general population and if your one of the many trying to start a healthier lifestyle in 2021, we’ve got some ideas of how you can stay on track!
Ask any dieting professional, fitness guru or personal trainer and they all say the secret to success is preparing healthy meals ahead so that you won’t be led astray and tempted by a less healthy alternative if you’re too tired or busy to make a meal on a particular day. The secret to prepping meals ahead and making them last all week is a good storage solution. Thankfully, we can offer a variety of glass jars suitable for keeping food fresh whether it’s being stored in the fridge, freezer or a dry store.
Make Your Own Food
Buying heavily processed food or ready meals, even the healthy versions, can be detrimental to a healthy balanced diet plan as even the ‘cleaner’ options can be packed with secret sugar and salt that’s used to give them a longer shelf life. Making your own meals doesn’t have to be difficult and if you prep ahead, you can limit the time you have to spend cooking and get it all out of the way in a day. Smoothies, shakes and juices are a great way to get more fruit and veg in your diet and can be kept in glass jars and bottles in the fridge for a quick breakfast in the mornings.
If you’re looking for glass jars or bottles to help you transition into a healthier you, visit our website.
Christmas is set to look a little different in 2020, with smaller gatherings and social distancing in place as a result of the corona virus pandemic. That doesn’t mean you can’t get stuck into the spirit of things though, we just need to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and make some minor changes to the way things are done. So, if you’re still going to decorate the house and make it feel merry, then our decorative jars are a great solution if you don’t want to go to a crowded shopping precinct to get décor.
Our decorative jars come in a range of attractive shapes and sizes, making them easy to use as festive decorations. There are a number of different ways to form them into festive items that will make you want to deck the halls with them, which are simple and easy. You could paint different motifs onto them such as snowmen, Santa Claus or presents and tie some string around them for makeshift baubles, or keep it simple and wrap them with tinsel or pop tea lights in them for a chic and understated look. At the moment it’s fashionable to have personalised baubles made of glass and with a bit of paint, you can have your very own without breaking the bank!
There is no denying that Christmas can be a rather indulgent time of year, with Brits on average spending billions around the festive period. Of course, part of this means a lot of waste, be it in the form of wrapping paper, uneaten leftovers or unwanted gifts which is not kind on the environment. However, our decorative jars can help to reduce carbon footprints. Fashioning them into decorations, or making them part of your centrepiece, they can be reused over and over again. If your design goes out of fashion, simply remove embellishments, wash off paint and start again next year!
It’s that time of year once again, with Christmas around the corner, there is much to think about in terms of food and drink. Whether you’re hosting a meal, looking to give a tasty gift or just want to get into the spirit of things and create some Christmas time goodies, we’ve got some great ideas for drinks this season. Pair these with our swing top bottles for a classic homemade look that keeps the tipple fresh.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mulled wine! This rich and complex festive drink is made by combining citrus peel, whole spices and red wine in a pan and keeping it over low heat for several hours to infuse. Extra sugar can be added either in its raw form or in juices, honey or syrups for those that like a sweeter brew or for those who want to kick it, some brandy can be stirred through. Make a large batch and fill swing-top bottles with this classic Christmas drink and adorn with a label with the use-by date, recipients name or tasting notes!
A snowball is an unforgettable and nostalgic drink, but did you know you can make your own Advocat? Simply start by making a custard by bringing an inch of water to a gentle boil in a saucepan and whisking 10 egg yolks together with a cup and a half of sugar. Whisk in a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon until the liquid forms yellow ribbons when the whisk is lifted. Then, pour a cup of brandy in. Place the mixture over the simmering water and continuously stir until it is slightly thickened. Place in a swing-top bottle and allow to cool. As this uses fresh eggs, it is best stored in the fridge and used within a week.
Making some food hampers this Christmas? These delicious gifts are thoughtful, simple to put together and often, the most well-received. You can fill them with just about anything but typically, food items with a longer shelf life are best. Making your own additions can be a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and can also help save you some pennies. We’ve got some recipes for jam jars that you can make in any size batch to suit your hamper quota!
Perfect with a turkey, cranberry sauce is a staple at the dinner table at this time of year thanks to it’s sweet and tart flavour profile. This condiment can be easily personalised and can be made in several variations with additions to suit the receiver’s tastes. The basic recipe calls for cranberries, sugar and a liquid (usually orange juice) boiled down until the fruit starts to soften. Some of our favourite customisations include adding port, orange rind, rhubarb or spices such as star anise. Pop it in a jam jar for maximum freshness and easy serving.
Another traditional condiment, this time served with dessert! Brandy butter is usually spread upon Christmas pudding but can be used on any sweet treat for an added lick of flavour. There are 2 ways to make brandy butter, with one requiring a little bit more effort but being well worth it. The easy way means beating together equal parts icing sugar and butter before adding a tablespoon of boiling water and 2 tablespoons of brandy. Then simply pop in a jam jar and chill until set. Alternatively, you can make your own butter! Simply whisk double cream and salt on a high speed until the solid butterfats separate from the buttermilk, strain and squeeze as much liquid from the fats as possible. Then repeat the same steps.
With Autumn and Winter just around the corner and the days getting shorter, many of us are retreating back inside and picking up our more indoors-y hobbies once again. Whether that’s knitting, painting or just creating, there are a number of ways that glass bottles can be used in your artsy afternoons!
Home Décor Ideas
Glass bottles come in many shapes, statures and sizes and can be an easy way to add a bit of an aesthetic edge to a room. Opt for an interesting shaped bottle such as a curvy one, a globed one or even a milk bottle for a table centre piece, windowsill ornament or even for use in a display cabinet. There are a number of ways you can turn this glass bottle into something visually striking which could include layering coloured sands inside, painting the outside of the bottle with layered colours or even decoupaging images to it. The great thing about glass is that if you go wrong, you can easily erase and start again.
If you’re the sort of person who likes to gift practical crafts, then why not try your hand at some aromatherapy style crafts using glass bottles? Whether it’s mixing up your favourite blend of essential oils to use in a burner or layering bath salts for a colourful bathside ornament, there are a range of glass bottles to suit. Aromatherapy bottles are smaller in size and are amber in colour, making them ideal for holding clear liquids that may not be the best for display purposes, where as clear glass bottles are suited to hold more colourful items and can instantly add a splash of brightness to a room.
It goes without saying, but glass bottles crafts for the kitchen are some of the easiest. Whether it’s creating a beautifully infused bottle of oil using chilli, vinegar or even root vegetables, creating a visual piece that is practical is simple!
Karen Taylor - also known by some of our customers as 'Jam Jar Karen'..