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.
Karen Taylor - also known by some of our customers as 'Jam Jar Karen'..