Wine Making Accessories

wine making accessories

Home brewing, like fishing or model making, is the kind of hobby that requires a fair amount of accessorising. This is one of the reasons that Wares of Knutsford felt it was a good idea to launch a specific home brewing department on our website, so that visitors can quickly and easily find all the wine making accessories they need in one place.

Wine making accessories for brewing

Making wine is quite a scientific process, requiring specific measuring and monitoring to ensure a professional result. Before beginning, you need to make sure all of your equipment is clean and sterilised, to avoid contamination with bacteria which can spoil your home brew. Kilner steriliser tablets are easy to use and are super concentrated so a little goes a long way.

A hydrometer and trial jar are used to take small samples during the brewing process to measure the specific gravity of the liquid, which means how dense it is. This allows you to test the alcohol content and ensure your wine is fermenting properly.

You’ll also need an air lock to allow carbon dioxide produced during the fermentation process to escape, without allowing air to enter the vessel.

A siphon is used to transfer liquid between containers cleanly while avoiding contamination. Wares of Knutsford likes the Kilner siphon with a tap and sediment trap, while gives good control over the liquid flow.

You can also buy a mixing spoon, straining kits and thermometers in our home brewing department.

Wine making accessories for bottling

Jars and bottles are core products at Wares of Knutsford. You can buy standard 75cl wine bottles in the traditional shape in clear or green glass, and corks in bags of 12. If you’re looking for another way to present your wine, there’s a huge choice of different bottles available in lots of sizes and styles, including a five litre demijohn in green glass with a loop handle for easy transportation.

Complete kits for making wine

If you are new to home brewing, don’t feel daunted by the list of equipment you need and stories of fermenting vessels exploding and foul tasting, vinegary wines. An easy place to start is with a complete kit, so that you have all the equipment and ingredients you need along with a complete set of instructions. At Wares of Knutsford you can buy a Kilner Complete Starter Kit containing all your essential kit including a 25 litre fermentation bucket, plus two wine making kits: Make your own Cabernet Sauvignon and Make your own Pinot Grigio. These contain all the ingredients you need for delicious red and white wine.

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Buy Fruit Strainer Online

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Fruit strainers are not the most glamorous of kitchen kit. They don’t look particularly elegant sitting on a counter top, nor decorative on open shelves, however they are extremely helpful when making preserves, cheese or home brewed wine or beer.

Using a fruit strainer

Jelly is essentially very smooth jam. To make jelly you proceed in the same manner as making standard jam, but along the way everything but the juice is strained out. Jelly looks smooth and translucent compared to jam, as it doesn’t contain any fruit pulp, seeds or lumps but only juice and sugar. It is equally delicious on toast and scones and melts easily in cooking. However jelly is not really substantial enough to provide a base for tarts or use in cakes.

While jams will often set without any added pectin, jelly needs the help of proper preserving sugar provide the pectin it needs to set.

A really good straining method is key to the attractive, glossy finish of a fruit jelly as any seeds or fruit pulp in the mixture will give a cloudy appearance, and Wares of Knutsford can help you to achieve this. In the preserving equipment department you will find a range of fruit strainer and straining kits, including simple sheets of butter muslin or cheesecloth, a heavy duty cotton straining bag and complete kits including cloth and stand.

Blackberry jelly using a fruit strainer

The apples in this recipe provide plenty of pectin to help achieve a fairly firm set. This jelly is delicious with cheese and biscuits.

  • 1.3 kg fresh blackberries, washed
  • 2 cooking apples, washed, cored and diced
  • 450ml water
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Preserving sugar

Place the fruit, lemon juice and water into a large, heavy based saucepan or preserving pan and bing to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 25 minutes. The fruit needs to be completely soft.

Pour the mixture into your straining bag, set above a bowl, and leave for about eight hours or until all the juice has passed through. Measure the amount of juice you have and add 450g of preserving sugar for every 600ml of liquid. Place the juice and sugar into a clean pan and heat gently until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the mixture reaches setting point.

Remove any scum from the surface of the jelly and decant into clean, sterilised jam jars. Seal while still warm, then label and keep in a cool, dark place until needed.

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Small Sample Jars

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Wares of Knutsford is proud of the variety of its jam jar range, and in particular of a new addition from this year. The 30ml mini jam jar in clear glass is the smallest in the range and has been sourced as a result of customer demand. The screw on lid is vinegar proof and heat sealable and comes in a choice of three colours: gold, silver and black. The 30m mini jam jars are available in packs of 12, 24, 36 and a 192 jar bargain pack, which offers great value for those who like to bulk buy.

Preserve sample jars

The 30ml size makes ideal sample jars, for those who want to give out testers of their home made preserves. Allowing customers to sample the product beforehand can be the best form of advertising, and if your preserves are tasty enough they are sure to come back and buy some of the full size versions! This can be done at farmers markets, fairs or any other kid of event where potential customers are plentiful.

Sample jars for lots of different products

Previous customers have told us that they have used our miniature jars to give out sample jam jars filled with all sorts of products apart from jam – you could also fill the jars with testers of chutneys, sauces, honey and even home made cosmetic products.

No matter what you put in the jars, make sure you sterilise them before use so that the contents remain fresh and in the best condition and to avoid contamination with bacteria. You should always label your jars carefully, not only so that potential customers know what they are sampling, but also according to regulations set by Trading Standards.

Sample jars as favours

30ml mini jam jars have been popular not only with small business clients, but also with customers buying the to use as favours at weddings and other events. As well as preserves, they can be filled with tiny sweets, special teas or exotic coffee, bath salts, flavoured sugars or little beads for younger guests. Home made favours are becoming increasingly popular as a way to avoid the anonymity of commercially bought favours, allowing the bride and groom to express their personality and their creative skills as well as save money. Make sure you include some personal details on the jar labels, such as the date of the event and maybe your names and the location.

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The Best Jam Jar

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Asking the team at Wares of Knutsford to name the best jam jars from among its huge range is like asking a parent to pick a favourite child… However, regardless of personal preferences for square jars or clip tops, there are certain jam jars which recommend themselves above the competition simply by virtue of their versatility and usefulness.

The best jam jar of all is 228ml (8oz)

Simple is beautiful, particularly with the best jam jar. Wares of Knutsford sells a selection of very simple jam jars which are ideal for use at jam sales or competitions, as the simplicity of design won’t overwhelm or detract from the virtues of the product inside. Competition regulations often state a preference for smaller, clear glass jars with screw tops and these beauties fit the bill perfectly. The straight sided jam jars come with heat sealable lids in a choice of seven colours: gold, silver, black, white, dark green, and red or blue gingham.

The jars can be bought in packs of 12, 24, 36 or in bargain packs of 192 – great for large quantities to use for selling or use as favours at weddings and other events.

Remember to sterilise your jars before use and to label them clearly according to regulations if you are planning to sell your jam or enter into competitions. Don’t forget too that these jars caren’t just for jam – you can fill the with all sort of preserves, such as curds, chutneys and pickles.

If 228ml is too small for your purposes, the same style of jar is available in a variety of other sizes from 30ml miniature up to 725ml (2lb.).

The best jam jar for decoration

While the versatility of simple jam jars makes them the best for many purposes, opinions among the Wares of Knutsford team are divided about which is the best jar to use if you want to give as a gift or are aiming for a more luxurious or upmarket look.

Square or globe jars offer a minimalist elegance but there are also some more opulent choices – how about the urn style Grecian jar, the heart shaped jar or the fruit embossed Macedonia jar? Any of these look decorative either displayed on a shelf or on the breakfast table.

Whichever your particular ‘best jar’, you will be able to find it on the Wares of Knutsford website – and if you can’t, please let us know as we love a challenge and are pleased to seek out special requests!

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Tagines for Sale

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During a recent trip to Marrakesh, I saw plenty of beautiful Moroccan tagines for sale which prompted me to review the great range available at Wares of Knutsford.

How to use Moroccan tagines

A tagine is a fragrant casserole from Morocco, named after the clay or ceramic dish in which it is cooked. The flat, circular, low sided base comes with a conical lid. The slow cooking method produces bold flavours, bringing an aromatic softness to spices and tenderness to meat and vegetables cooked in it. The beauty of the tagine is also its ability to serve as both cook and serveware. The pot keeps its contents warm once removed from the heat without drying them out.

Only low to medium heats are used and the contents of the dish are not stirred or interfered with once loaded up, so try to present them attractively with a view to serving later on. Most recipes require only a little water, because the cone shape at the top of the dish collects the rising steam and returns it to the ingredients, keeping them gently moist. For the same reason, try not to lift the lid of the tagine too frequently during cooking, as you will lose that important moisture. Just keep the heat low and trust that the slow cooking and clay pot will do their job.

Tagines are great for cooking meat to a really tender finish – beef, lamb, chicken and pork are all delicious combined with vegetables, pulses, fragrant spices and quite often fruit such as prunes or apricots. Serve with some light, fluffy cous cous.

There are lots of tagine recipes to be found online which provide a great starting point, but the best results are to be found from diving in and experimenting with your own recipes!

Wares of Knutsford’s range of tagines for sale

Wares of Knutsford offers tagines for sale in a range of sizes and styles. Small, 13cm pots are ideal to create individual portions and make for gorgeous place settings. Full size versions by Mason Cash come in terracotta or ceramic glazes in a range of different colours – black, blue, purple, red and white. This range also includes two glazed ceramic models featuring Moroccan style patterns – a red model and a blue and yellow model.

The Molten range by Kitchen Craft includes red and black tagines plus white and pale blue glazed terracotta models. These tagines are dishwasher and oven safe and come with a one year guarantee.

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Large Clip Top Jars

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At Wares of Knutsford we are proud of our selection of jars, which have all sorts of culinary, household and craft uses. Clip top jars start in small, 72ml size, usually used for spices, but for display purposes the larger 1.5 litre, two and three litre sizes are probably the most useful.

We are always pleased to help customers find the correct jars for their storage needs, which are incredibly varied, and in return we love to hear how you have used the jars. Today we have some great uses for our large clip top jars.

Large clip top jars as gifts

This is a cute and original way to use big clip top jars that is ideal not only for birthdays and Christmas but also for Mothering Sunday, or other occasions when you’re struggling to find that one perfect gift. The solution is to collect a number of small gifts and present them beautifully in a jar.

Style and content is what counts here: line the base of the jar with some shredded paper or glass beads, then lay out inside a selection of chocolates and sweets, small bottles of lotions and potions, lip balm, earrings, underwear folded neatly, hair accessories and any other small gifts that you know someone would love.

Once you have everything inside – and there’s no need to overfill it as you want the contents to be clearly visible – wrap a pretty ribbon around the rim and then add a tag or a label with the name of the recipient and maybe a personal message.

Large clip top jars to display collectables

If you have collections you would like to display creatively, you’ll have to do a bit better than lingin them all up on a shelf. Big clip top jars make a great way to display vignettes of small items such as thimbles, feathers, weights, insects, beads and stones, jewellery, hair pins – the list is endless. You can just use the jars as a protective frame for items which can stand alone, or set a little scene by placing sea shells on a bed of sand as a background, for example. Alternatively, you can use large jars to display favourite photos by lining the pictures, face out, around the interior of the jar. It’s like a miniature art installation! (It’s also far easier to dust collectables and keep them clean when they are kept inside a protective jar…)

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Glass Bottles Wholesale

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At Wares of Knutsford, we like to think our glass bottle range is huge, amazing and the best on the internet. We work hard to make sure we have a bottle for every need, and we love to hear about how our customers use them. While creative wedding favours are always interesting to hear about, we also love to know that people are buying our glass bottles wholesale, to help them turn their hobby or passion into a business endeavour.

Glass bottles wholesale for small businesses

With sizes starting at a tiny 5ml and going up to 1840ml, all bases are covered. There are bottles of various different styles for drinks, sauces, oils, cosmetics and aromatherapy. There are basic, functional bottles and beautiful, decorative numbers. Apart from clear glass there are traditional amber and green glass bottles and bright, modern colours. Depending upon the model you choose, bottles can be bought individually or in varying pack sizes including, in some cases, bargain bulk buy packs of 192. These are particularly useful for small business who may not yet be ready to buy wholesale glass bottles.

Miniature bottles are particularly popular with small start ups, allowing business owners to give out sample sizes of their product for potential customers to test – this way your product becomes its own best advertisement!

There is also a helpful section for spare bottle tops, corks and caps.

Buying glass bottles wholesale

Wholesale prices are available to anyone buying in pallet quantities or a minimum order of £450. Shipping is quoted on a per order basis and is charged by the pallet. What’s really helpful is that your pallet can be comprised of any mixture of bottles and jars, in box quantities for easy packaging and delivery.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful staff for more details and a wholesale price list. Our email address is info@waresofknutsford.co.uk and our telephone number is 01477 537224. A pro forma invoice will be issued once your order details are confirmed and your goods will be dispatched once paid in full. We try to make the whole process as easy and stress free as possible and orders are usually delivered within seven days.

When you received your bottles and start using them, please do send us pictures as our staff and customers like to see how they can be decorated and presented!

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Fruit and Veg in Season in May

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It’s that time of year! Barbecues are being brought out of the garage and cleaned and salads are making appearances at the dinner table. Use local produce and fruits and vegetables in season in May for the healthiest, cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to eat.

Vegetables in season in May

Britain arguably produces the best asparagus but its season is short. Asparagus is available now so take advantage with this delicately but distinctively flavoured vegetable which is so delicious in all sorts of foods – soups, salads, with pasta or even just grilled on the barbecue. You can eat asparagus for breakfast, dunking it into soft boiled eggs as a healthier alternative to soldiers, or serve on toast with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for brunch.

New potatoes are in season now, just in time for potato salad to go with the year’s first barbecues.

Summer radishes are sweet and delicate, with a gentler flavour than larger varieties. If you planted your own radishes last month, you may have a few ready to eat now. Remove the lafy tops before storing for up to five days in the fridge. Similarly, early spring onions can be seen in the shops or in your garden if the weather has been mild enough. This versatile vegetable works so well with ginger to make the basis of a number of Oriental dishes.

There are plenty of young leaves in season in May which make great cut and come again crops, such as loose leaf lettuces and young, tender spinach. Oriental leaves such as mizuna are great just now with young, tender leaves to bling up your salads.

Spring cabbages will be running out about now so eat any remaining or cook and freeze if you have a glut, as summer varieties won’t be ready for another month or so yet.

Fruits in season in May

There are plenty of berries on the way, but for now it’s all about the rhubarb. Like asparagus, rhubarb is a thoroughly British delight and an extremely versatile. Not only does it make the most wonderful crumble ever, its tartness contrasts magnificently with the sweetness of meringue in a Pavlova and makes a fabulous alternative to strawberries when used with cream in a Victoria sponge.

If you run out of rhubarb ideas, May is also a good month for gooseberries and kiwi fruits.

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500ml Beer Bottles

500ml beer bottles

Home brewing enthusiasts will be delighted with some of the new items in Wares of Knutsford’s bottle selection. Home brewing is an increasingly popular hobby, partly as a result of the demise of the local pub in Britain, and can result in a premium quality drink at a budget price. Apart from the financial benefits, home brewing is also great fun!

Jac 500ml beer bottles

The glass 500ml beer bottles by Jac are ideal for home brewed beer, lager and cider. The bottles come in packs of 12, 24 and 36. They are available in clear or amber glass and come with metal crown caps in a choice of orange, black, blue or gold. The bottles are made of strong but lightweight glass. A knock on capper device can be bought separately in home brewing section of the website.

Your home brew will look professional when bottled in these traditional shape, crown capped bottles – don’t forget to label the contents once filled!

Wares of Knutsford is also pleased to supply business customers with wholesale quantities. If you own a small business or would like to take your home brewing to a professional level, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful staff for a wholesale price list and delivery terms.

Filling 500ml beer bottles

If you are buying glass beer bottles, presumably you are also planning to brew something with which to fill them. Whether you are a novice or an experienced home brewer, Wares of Knutsford can supply all the equipment you need.

Apart from a huge range of bottles in clear, green or amber glass – even demijohns – and with a selection of different capping methods, the home brewing department contains home brewing kits for lager, bitter, cider and red and white wine. You can buy starter kits containing only the equipment you need or complete sets which include ingredients. We also stock spares including an air lock and bung, a hydrometer, siphon and tap, trial jar and thermometer.

Glass beer bottles for decoration

You may not have any plans for home brewing and simply want to buy the bottles for decorative purposes. Glass bottle make a great alternative to large vases to display flowers in a casual but elegant way. Small posies in beer bottles make unpretentious, modern centrepieces for a country wedding or look great holding just a couple of long sprigs on a window sill.

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New In Red and White Enamel Plates

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With the world celebrating the birth of a new baby princess in the UK, it’s going to be a patriotic summer! Red, white and blue will be seen everywhere, so make sure to put your own stylish twist on the theme with the help of Wares of Knutsford’s enamelware collection.

Red, white and blue enamel plates

Wares of Knutsford’s enamelware collection is extremely popular with those celebrating a slightly retro or royal look. The red, white and blue colour scheme is classic and enduring but ideal for this summer’s fashion trends. The collection includes tea pots, mugs, jugs, bakeware, plates and bowls, pie dishes and pudding basins and bread bins.

Enamelware is popularly used for camping trips, as it is durable, lightweight and hard to damage. However Wares of Knutsford has noticed its enamelware becoming increasingly popular with trend conscious buyers looking to add a retro theme in their kitchen and with serious cooks seeking out enamelware for its excellent cooking properties.

As a material for kitchenware, enamelware is extremely practical. It is hard and smooth, resistant to chemicals, chips and scratches, it remains colourfast even under heavy use, it does not burn and is easy to clean. Enamelware can be used in the oven up to 270C, on electric and gas hobs and is dishwasher safe.

The Falcon range of enamelware has been found in British homes since the 1920s and its distinctive colourway of white base with a blue rim has become a design classic which manages to fit in beautifully with rustic, traditional and modern styles of kitchen. However Wares of Knutsford also sells enamelware in cream and some items in a bold blue, red or black.

White and red enamel plates

A recent addition to the Wares of Knutsford enamelware collection is a set of four white and red enamel plates, made by Falcon. The plates come in 26cm size with a flat centre in white and a red rim. The plates can be bought as a one off or will combine beautifully with other white and blue enamelware from the range. This is a great way to incorporate the summer’s patriotic trend into your home décor in an elegant style which will endure in the long term.

The plates can be used on an everyday basis as part of your dinner set but are practical enough to be used on picnics and camping.

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What to Plant in May

What to plant in May

There are plenty of fruits and vegetables to plant in May, as the soil warms up and the danger of frost should be mostly passed.

What to plant in May: Vegetables

After enriching your soil with lots of good organic matter, plant out your pumpkins, marrows, courgettes and other squashes. Make sure you give the tender young plants plenty of water and if there are any late frosts about, cover them with cloches. You’ll also need to do a bit of slug protection.

Young leeks and any remaining seed potatoes can go in by the end of the month, along with pepper, aubergines and chillis. These will need to be hardened off first and if temperatures dip, it’s wise to keep them under cloches. The same applies to cucumbers.

Make sure you keep planting out your salad leaves on a rotational basis to avoid a glut and use bottles to make homemade cloches to ward against both slugs and frost. Peas can also be transplanted regularly, with stakes to climb up and nets to guard against birds.

Sweetcorn seedlings can go in the ground now, sown in blocks rather than rows to facilitate fertilisation. You may need to protect them with cloches.

If you want to propagate artichokes you will need to divide babies from established plants and plant them out now, or you’ll miss the boat. Among other more exotic fare, Florence fennel, celeriac and kohl rabi seedlings can be hardened off before planting out.

If we’re lucky enough to get a mild month, brassicas can go in. Remember these take up a lot of space and like beds with firmly packed soil. If cabbage root flies are likely to be a problem, use brassica collars.

If you’re desperate to get your young tomatoes out, use bottle cloches but really you’re best to wait until next month for optimum growing conditions.

What to plant in May: Fruit

What to plant in May on the fruit front is a bit more tricky than with vegetables. If you’ve been growing rhubarb from seed indoors during April, you can put the young plants out this month and you can carry on strawberry planting. If you have Alpine varieties you would like to fruit this summer, you will need to get them in this month.

Otherwise, May is also a good month to plant out your herbs, being careful to cover more tender varieties at night, particularly basil.

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Buy Fruit Strainers Online

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Summer fruit season is fast approaching and now is a great time to start preparing your jam making kit. Along with the usual essentials such as a maslin pan, jars and lids, jar tongs, thermometer etc., you could find fruit strainers extremely handy.

Cloth fruit strainers

Wares of Knutsford prides itself upon being able to provide the solution for all your jam making needs. In our strainer and straining kits department there are three great options for straining cloths.

First, a 90cm by 90cm, finely woven butter muslin square in 100% cotton. This material is traditionally used not only in fruit strainers but also in cheese making. The cloth can be cut to size as needed and machine washed for re-use.

There is also a multitasking cheesecloth, which can also be put to use steaming fish, to make spice bags and prepare shellfish along with straining fruit.

Then there is a jelly bag specially designed for removing the pulp and seeds from fruit while extracting as much juice as possible when making jellies. It can also be used to strain home made cheese. The jelly cloth is 28cm in diameter and is machine washable for re-use.

In the same department you will also find a heavy duty cotton straining bag. It comes with useful hanging straps and is conical shaped for controlled straining, which means you can strain directly into bottles if necessary. It can be used for fruit straining and also other preserves, cheese and home brewed wine and beer. The 100% cotton bag is machine washable.

Kits for fruits strainers

Straining kits can make a messy job easier and cleaner, allowing you to concentrate on pouring rather than trying to support a straining bag at the same time. Wares of Knutsford stocks two straining kits.

The jam straining kit features a washable 100% cotton straining bag with four metal eyelets which can be used to fix it to the straining stand included. The stand is made of plastic and features adjustable feet which can be fixed the rims of various bowl rims. The stand can be folded flat for easy storage. Replacement bags are also available.

The other straining kit comes with a bag made of washable canvas which fits onto a flexible stainless steel frame, the legs of which can be fitted to the rim of various different sized pans and bowls.

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Wedding Jars and Bottles

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All over the country, brides and grooms are preparing for their summer weddings. Among the huge list of tasks to accomplish, they are frantically trying to organise original, affordable and attractive favours. Wares of Knutsford is pleased to be able to help out here, with a wide range of wedding jars and bottles which our customers have used as favours over the years to great effect.

Using wedding jars for favours

A wedding favour needs to please guests and fit in with a theme or colour scheme for the event, without taking up too much space at the table. In order to personalise their favours and keep costs down, creative brides are opting for home made favours using wedding bottles and jars.

Popular filings include food products such as jams, honey, sweets, liqueurs, home made candles and cosmetic potions, soaps, ingredients for a luxury hot chocolate, tiny succulent plants, popcorn and even little pies baked into jars! If you have a good imagination, there’s no end to list of fillings.

Jars and bottles are extremely convenient to use for favours because the clear glass allows guests to easily see what’s inside, they are reusable and are easily decorated with ribbons, labels, tags or even glass paints to complement the table scheme.

What’s more, if you are making the favours yourself, it’s easy to personalise a group of jars so they hold the appropriate contents for various different guests, including older relatives or even children – marbles, small toys and bunches of crayons or coloured pencils look cute and should keep them quiet for a while!

Using wedding jars to decorate

If you want continuity or if you just want to go for a simple, elegant but cost effective scheme, you could also eschew expensive and ostentatious table centrepieces for pretty posies placed in glass jars on tables. These look best when placed at intervals down a long table and are small enough to allow guests sitting opposite to chat easily.

Use a few more jars as tea light holders, sitting the candles on coloured, beads or sand to complement your theme. The end result is cohesive, intimate and extremely pretty.

To keep things really personal, consider dotting jars around tables with a couple and crayons and some paper, with a request to guests to fill in according to instructions – you could ask them to note down how you first met, a fun memory of the two of you or tips for a happy marriage!

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Learn Jam Making

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Wares of Knutsford can help you learn the art jam making this summer with a range of kits and books all about preserving. Whether you are a novice or a preserving expert, you will find our kits useful and our well curated selection of books informative.

Jam making kits

There are two kits available at Wares of Knutsford. The first is the standard kit, which contains a high quality, nine litre stainless steel maslin pan – the foundation of any preserving kit, plus a jam funnel in stainless steel, a glass jam thermometer, 200 wax sealing discs, 30 jar labels in a monochrome design, 12 jars plus lids in a choice of gold, silver, black or white, a wooden spoon and a copy of the Favourite Country Preserves book. All you need is ingredients.

There is also a deluxe kit, which includes the same nine litre stainless steel maslin pan, funnel, thermometer, wax discs and wooden spoon, plus a pack of 18 decorative labels from the Words fo Art range, 12 hexagonal jars with lids in a traditional red gingham design and the River Cottage Handbook on Preserving.

Both kits offer great value either as gifts or as the first step on a preserving career.

Jam making library

Wares of Knutsford’s preserving book selection covers both traditional and modern styles. Basic Jams, Preserves and Chutneys by Marguerite Patten, First Preserves by Vivian Lloyd and Favourite Country Preserves by Carol Wilson can all help beginners to achieve a confident grasp on the principles of making jam and introduce them to some more adventurous recipes.

Beryl Wood’s Let’s Preserve It and The Jammy Bodger by Mel Sellings both bring the art of jam making up to date and offer a no-nonsense introduction to the art and science of preserving.

The River Cottage Handbook No.2: Preserves by Pam Corbin covers 75 recipes and includes a wealth of information about preserving. Introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, it is part of the highly respected River Cottage collection and will become a valued tool in any jam maker’s kitchen.

Notes from the Jam Cupboard is a great reference book, detailing a wide variety of preserve recipes and ideas for how to use them. Recipes include jams, jellies and marmalades plus curds, chutneys, sauces, cordials and liqueurs.

Like our preserving kits, any of these books would make an excellent gift for a keen cook or a beginner taking their first steps in the kitchen.

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Personalised Wedding Gifts

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Summer wedding season can give you some fantastic occasions to dress up and raid the free bar, but attending a few of these events can get very expensive. Save money on one aspect of being a wedding guest by using your imagination for personalised wedding gifts – you will also end up with something far more original than monogrammed bath towels or champagne flutes!

Designer bottles for personalised wedding gifts

If you have a talent in the kitchen – or even if you don’t – home made cordials and liqueurs are really easy and delicious. The key is in the presentation and Wares of Knutsford’s designer bottles category provides the perfect way of presenting your personalised gift. This section is reserved for more luxurious, high quality bottles which can make any contents look rather special.

Use the bottles for home made drinks, flavoured oils or vinegars or cosmetic products. The designer bottles category includes options in clear glass in a wide range of shapes and sizes, from 100ml miniature bottles to 750ml bottles. There are traditional, rounded shapes and more avant garde modern options including a funky zig zag shaped bottle. Most are cork topped.

Having settled upon a bottle and its contents, put some thought into presentation. Always make sure you label the contents clearly, either using a pretty tag or a decorative label from Wares of Knutsford’s label selection. Alternatively you can take the personalised wedding gift idea further by using a glass pen to write the names of the recipients on the bottle and the date of their special day. You may also want to add a ribbon to the neck of the bottle.

Bath salts make great personalised wedding gifts

Encourage the newly weds to enjoy honeymoon suit bathroom with a bottle of home made bath salts. This will help them to relax and unwind after the stress of organising the wedding! Use the Sonata decorative bottles to make a really pretty gift.

Lavender rose bath salts

You will need two parts Epsom salt to one part natural sea salt, lavender and rose essential oils and a couple of spoonfuls of dried lavender and rose petals.

Add the salts to a large bowl with a couple of drops each of the essential oils and mix together well. Stir in the dried lavender and rose petals then use a funnel to transfer to the bottle.

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New Olivia Oil Bottle

Olivia oil bottle

One of the most exciting new products at Wares of Knutsford this summer is the Olivia range of bottles for oils. Ideal for a Mediterranean table setting, they can be filled with oil, vinegar or dressing to accompany summer salads.

Olivia oil bottle range

There are three bottles for oils in the Olivia range, in 250ml, 500ml and 750ml sizes. It is designed in the style of ancient amphoras, a classic and elegant shape, in high quality clear glass. They are topped with gold duet caps with a tamper evident finish and are sold singly or in packs of six, 12 or 18.

Remember that by ordering larger pack sizes you benefit from economies of scale and the unit price goes down, and that Wares of Knutsford’s delivery charge is fixed, so you won’t pay any extra for delivery no matter how much you order!

Using the Olivia oil bottle

Mediterranean restaurants have a habit of supplying olive oil and vinegar in elegant bottles at the table, for diners to dip their bread into or to dress their salads. This very civilised habit is certainly healthier than spreading butter on bread and a couple of Olivia oil bottles on your summer table will look very stylish. Fill them with premium oil and flavoured vinegar, or with pre mixed salad dressing. The bottles are equally suitable for liqueurs, cordials or sauces.

Wares of Knutsford is pleased to supply businesses on wholesale terms. The Olivia range of bottles would look the part on any restaurant table or, with large pack sizes, can be used by small businesses selling flavoured oils, vinegars, sauces, liqueurs and cordials. In fact the bottles will add elegance to any liquid!

Flavoured oil bottles

Infused oils taste excellent, look pretty and are easy to achieve using dried herb. They also make attractive gifts. These oils will keep for a long time, but if you use ingredients with any moisture retention, such as garlic, peppers or fresh herbs, make sure you refrigerate and use within a week.

Italian flavoured oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 strips lemon peel
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

Add the ingredients to an Olivia oil bottle then fill to the top with good quality extra virgin olive oil. Refrigerate, leave to infuse for 24 hours and serve drizzled over plain pasta with plenty of grated Parmesan cheese. Alternatively you can drizzle the oil onto ciabatta bread or over salad.

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Cake Making Equipment

Cake making

Wares of Knutsford’s range of baking equipment includes all you need for making, decorating, presenting and storing cakes of all kinds.

Cake making basics

Start from the beginning of the cake making process with mixing bowls. The Mason Cash series of mixing bowls comes in the traditional design that you will probably recognise from your grandmother’s kitchen. Made of high quality stoneware, it will be the foundation of your baking equipment and is as stylish as it is practical. Three different sizes are available with the classic cane design.

After beating up your batter, you can choose from a huge selection of high quality cake pans and tins, including muffin pans, springform tins, square pans, sandwich pans plus specialities like heart shaped, fluted, eclair, jumbo cupcake and savarin pans. There is also a choice of silicone loaf pans, paper fairy cake cases and shaped cookie cutters.

Make sure that your cake is cooked to perfection before removing it from the oven with our neat, stainless steel cake tester, and then choose from various sizes of wire cooling tray to allow air to circulate as heat dissipates.

Cake making decoration tools

Once your cakes are cool enough to decorate, Wares of Knutsford stocks a selection of icing and decorating tools, from the basic palette knife and professional icing smoothers and scrapers to fondant stamps and piping icing tools. These will help you come up with spectacular creations whether you are attempting your first children’s birthday cake or producing cakes on a professional level.

If you are making a basic sandwich cake, a wire cutter will produce neat, even slices.

Presenting and storing cakes

A handy cake lifter will help you move your final product from its workstation to the next stage in safety. You can present your cakes on silver covered cake boards in various shapes and sizes and choose from a selection of doilies. These are great if you are transporting cakes but still want to present them prettily.

There is also a stylish selection of cake stands, from traditional ceramic models to a funky, modern wire cake stand. These will show off your cake at its best and allow easy access for cutting, while glass domed examples work double duty by keeping your cake fresh at the same time. When serving, a triangular cake slicer and server will help to keep your servings neat and intact from cake stand to plate.

Finally, Wares of Knutsford stocks a massive range of storage tins with a great variety of shapes, sizes and designs. The airtight environment will help to preserve cake in its best condition.

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Glass Drinking Jars

glass drinking jars

If you’re planning BBQs and parties for this summer, take a look at Wares of Knutsford’s glass drinking jars selection, a funky way of serving drinks at events. Handled jars are a great modern version of the old fashioned hip flask and are useful for picnics and days out as well as garden parties.

Handled jars offer a more creative and interesting way of serving iced drinks, cocktails, milkshakes, iced coffee, cider or beer. With a chunky handle, they are safe for children to use and the lid means you can stage a stylish picnic instead of using paper cups!

Try a delicious Pimm’s punch – you’ll need a bottle of dry cider, 250ml of Pimm’s and a few handfuls of fruit (a mix of lemons, oranges, apples, strawberries for example). Fill the jars to about three quarters full with cider, add the fruit and a straw, then pour the Pimm’s on top so it creates a separate layer of colour.

Wares of Knutsford is also pleased to be able to offer such an economical price for such a funky product – prices start at £10.50 for a pack of six!

Glass drinking jars by Mason

The Mason range includes clear glass handled jars with full lids in a choice of gold or red and white gingham, or silver coloured lids with a hole for a straw. You can also buy the jars without lids. They are available in 450ml and 630ml sizes. The jars are made of high quality, chunky clear glass and can be bought in packs of six, 12, 24 and 48 – the larger a pack you buy, the cheaper the jars get!

Glass drinking jars by Kilner

Kilner offers handled glass jars in clear and in a choice of blue, green or pink coloured glass. All glasses are 400ml size and are sold without lids. Coloured versions come in packs of three, six and 12 while the clear glass drinking jar comes in pack sizes six, 12, 24 and 36.

Flower patterned lids featuring a centre hole for a straw can bought separately in packs of six, which are also suitable for Kilner preserving jars. Don’t forget to order too a 24 pack of paper straws in a classic red and white spiral design!

Lidded jars are great for cold drinks but should not be used for hot drinks or for preserving.

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Jam Jars For Everything

jam jars

Wares of Knutsford believes that it has kitchen storage sorted, mostly by using jars. Buy jars and line them up so that you can see the entire contents of your house – kitchen, bathroom, craft room, office, children’s bedrooms, man cave and anywhere else – at a glance. To this end we have separated all our jars into categories to help you work out what to use and where.

Jam jars

Wares of Knutsford believes you can buy jars for jam of every kind on our site. There are plain, competition standard jars and more deluxe versions in sizes ranging from miniatures to large 725ml options. There are also 192 jar bargain packs which offer excellent value for money.

Small and mini jars

Popular with business for giving out samples, hotels and guest houses for individual servings and with brides creating wedding favours, the small jars range again encompasses plain jars and decorative options such as heart shaped or hexagonal jars.

Shaped jars

Ideal for gift giving and adding a touch of luxury to home made produce, the decorative jam jars section contains models which are as pretty as they are practical.

Kilner, Mason and Leifheit jars

Well known names in the preserving world, these robust, high quality jars work for professional use or home cooks.

Clip top jars

More user friendly than screw tops, clip top jars work with both modern and traditional décor. The wide range includes miniatures, terrines, coloured glass, hexagonal and spice jars.

Faceted and hexagonal jars

Another decorative option for gift giving.

Drinking jam jars

A modern take on the hip flask, handled jars are a funky way to serve cocktails and iced drinks at outdoor events.

Spice jars

Available with grinder or shaker tops, organise your herbs and spices to suit your needs.

Aromatherapy and pharmacy jars

Make your home made cosmetics look professional with our smart jars in amber or clear glass.

Honey jars

Beekeepers recommend short, squat jars with wide necks and high quality lids.

Le Parfait jars

The famous French preserving brand includes various styles.

Pickle, chutney and pasta sauce jars

Using vinegar proof, heat sealable lids for long term preserving.

Terrines, verrines and dip jars

Sophisticated styles for pates and cream cheeses.

Plastic jars

A safer option to glass when children are around!

Sweet shop jars

Easy access, large volume storage for sweets and treats.

Storage jars

Covering volume storage for dried goods of all kinds. A serious kitchen essential.

Decorated jars and jam pots

Pretty jars for tabletop use or gift giving.

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Packaging for Hampers

packaging for hampers

Thanks to customer demand, Wares of Knutsford has launched a new department specialising in packaging products. These include boxes and bags specially designed for the attractive presentation of jars, both commercially and as gifts, and a selection of sturdy cardboard trays to use as hampers. To make life easier, there is also a selection of hamper packaging to help fill out and decorate the other products.

Shredded paper packaging for hampers

Shredded paper makes excellent packaging for hampers, working not only to protect the contents but also to make the hampers look pretty. Wares of Knutsford supplies fine cut shred in four colours – brown, deep red, tea green and vanilla cream, all of which combine perfectly with our card trays, jar boxes and bags. The shred is straight cut to 2-3mm size and is sold in 1kg bags. The shred is ideal for small businesses creating display packs of goods or for wrapping gifts.

Use the shredded paper in cardboard trays, hampers, boxes and packages of any kind to create a gift tailored to the recipient rather than buying a pre-packaged selection of gifts which may not all be appreciated. Use the shredded paper with jars of food products or cosmetics, sweets, bottles, soaps, ornaments or small gifts of any kind – and then re-use it again later!

Decorative packaging for hampers

As well as shredded paper, Wares of Knutsford supplies ribbons, labels and other decorative items to make your hampers and gift boxes look special. The assorted jute ribbon selection can be tied around jars and bottles or around presentation boxes and hampers as a finishing touch and comes in a selection of muted colours and classic designs to combine beautifully with our display boxes and bags or any wrapped gift. The roll contains five ribbons in three different designs at 1cm wide and 3m long.

Take a look too at our vintage style jute ribbon, available in 40mm width on 2m rolls in green or natural colour. Again these are designed to co-ordinate with out wider range of packaging but also look fabulous tied around glasses, bottles, vases and jars to create a modern rustic look.

Wares of Knutsford also offers pastel coloured ribbons and a huge range of labels and tags to decorate your home made foods and cosmetics and to make sure your gifts get to the correct recipients!

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