Swing top bottles have been a staple in many kitchens for centuries and they have a delicate way of adding charm and a rustic feel to kitchens. Thanks to their upscale and classy appearance, they make a great vestibule for homemade gifts, making them appear expensive and a little bit more upmarket. Whether you are a beginner when it comes to home made gifts or you’re always in the kitchen around Christmas, we’ve got some fool proof ideas that look fantastic in swing top bottles.
Infuse Some Oil
Infused oils are a great gift for those who like to cook or are experimental in the kitchen and while they sell for a pretty penny in the supermarket, they could not be more straightforward to make! Simply choose an oil such as olive oil that absorbs flavours easily and add your chosen flavourings inside a swing top bottle. Go fiery with some whole chipotle chillies or keep it classic with garlic and thyme or get creative and try star anise or cinnamon for a more Asian taste. One of our top tips though – keep whatever spices or herbs you use whole as they look great when surrounded by deliciously oozy oil and will be proudly displayed in the recipient’s kitchen
Create Some Cordials
Cordials aren’t just for children and can be diluted with water, sparkling pop or even a little bit of prosecco and taste absolutely delicious either way. Their high sugar content helps to preserve them which makes them a great addition to a home bar and is a thoughtful and useful gift for any would-be bartenders! Simply choose a flavour and boil it down with water and sugar, leaving to cool and infuse before straining into a swing top bottle. White elderflower, rhubarb and rosehip are great adult flavours that are as stunning as they are delicious.
Jam is one of those quintessentially British foods that can be made from just about any fruit, vegetable and even spices that tastes fantastic on bread, cakes and pastries at any time of the year. Autumnal berries like blackberry and raspberry are a breakfast staple where as summer varieties like cherry and apricot are delicious sandwiched between a scone and whatever the season is producing jams can be made from January through to December!
Autumn Winter Jams
Winter isn’t renowned for its ample harvest, but there are some still fruits that may not grow in the UK, but are readily available in supermarkets thanks to their foreign seasonality. Seville oranges are on offer throughout January and February and make the most mouth-wateringly tart and tangy marmalades. Large and juicy in size, these oranges can produce huge quantities of marmalade, so make sure you stock up on jam jars for the occasion.
Spring is planting season for many UK growers and if you’ve planned ahead for this season then chances are you have an abundance of rhubarb and onions, both of which are delicious in preserves. Rhubarb jam is simple to make and is an exceptionally trendy flavour making it a great addition to cakes, biscuits and pastries at this time of year. Fill up you jam jars and then try a rhubarb Danish pastry, jam tart or even crumble cake for a showstopping teatime treat. Onion jam on the other hand is a savoury sensation that comes alive when served with cheese and crackers on a spring day.
The sunshine at this time of year ripens the classic flavouring of strawberries which goes perfectly on scones, served with cream or pavlova on those hot and humid days. Strawberry jam is brilliant on its own or can be enhanced with other flavourings such as champagne, other berries or even balsamic vinegar for a very foodie twist.
Glass Jars and Bottles supply many businesses across the UK with a variety of packaging for their small, medium and large enterprises. As well as offering retail packs of glass bottles for market holders, small batch producers and home enthusiasts, we also offer wholesale quantities on many of our products, making us an ideal packaging partner for those with larger quantities or more customers to serve.
Our miniature range of glass bottles are extremely versatile and have been ordered by a diverse range of business. They are great for portioning out single serve spirits, cocktail mixes or flavouring drops and have been used by alcohol companies, syrup companies and even wedding venues over the years.
Available in miniature sized or up to 1 litre milk bottles are one of our most in demand products at the moment. As a re-usable item they are fantastic for businesses that are pushing their environmental friendliness and can be used by return and refill businesses looking to minimise their packaging costs. By encouraging customers to pay a price for the packaging and then return to refill when necessary, businesses such as juice bars, diaries and coffee houses can do their bit for the environment.
Sauces and Oil Bottles
The clue is in the name with these glass bottles and our extensive range goes from 60ml to 250ml, in a variety of styles. Sauce and oil production companies can make use of them for retail applications or restaurants can decant larger quantities into smaller sizes to sit on tables or serve alongside food. A range of caps can be purchased including pouring caps and tamper evident pourers for extra security and less spillages.
To see our full range of glass bottles for businesses, see our website.
Karen Taylor - also known by some of our customers as 'Jam Jar Karen'..