Selection of Wine Bottles

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Grape harvesting season is on the calendar, so keen home brewers will be stocking up with all they need in ingredients, equipment and bottles for wine making. Wares of Knutsford can supply not only bottles for wine but also other home brewing accessories and even complete kits to help novice wine makers get started.

Wine bottles at Wares of Knutsford

There are three different kinds of bottles for wine at Wares of Knutsford. The 750ml green glass wine bottles are the standard, seen housing red, rose and white wine all over the world. It comes in the traditional straight sided shape with rounded shoulders and a long, slim neck. A clear glass version is available in the same size. Don’t forget to stock up on corks or caps when you order.

Alternatively there is the 750ml Bordeaux green glass bottle, which comes with its own plastic screw top. It shoulders are higher and straighter than the standard bottle for a slightly more modern look.

All three kinds of bottles come in a choice of pack sizes – six, 12, 24 or 36. The bottles get cheaper the more you order, so buying for a business is affordable and friends can get together to share costs so that everyone saves. Remember that Wares of Knutsford charges the same flat delivery fee no matter how much you order, so you can feel safe to buy in large quantities.

Which wine bottles do you need?

Mark Twain considered that clothes make the man, and the same applies to wine. Wine makers have found that people prefer to drink wine from a standard bottle – this is how they expect to see their wine served. However there is a reason for using different colours of bottle, for example. The ultraviolet rays that make up sunlight can degrade the contents of a bottle of wine, which is why it tends to be kept in dark cellars. Wines that will be kept bottled for some time, if they need to age for example, are usually bottled in green glass, as the darker colour can protects its contents from the sun better than lighter glass. Lighter, fruitier white wines which don’t need to aged in the same way are safe to decant into clear glass bottles, which also serve to show off their lovely, delicate colouring. Consider how you will be using and storing your wine before you order.

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Traditional Milk Churn Style Jugs

Vintage kitchenware

You don’t have to have Hyacinth Bucket tendencies to feel uncomfortable putting milk bottles on the table. Whether you are serving milk at the breakfast table for cereal, tea or coffee or cream for puddings, milk or cream decanted into a jug will be more aesthetically pleasing than a carton or bottle not only to any guests but also to yourself and your family.

Traditional milk churn style jugs

Wares of Knutsford’s classic milk churn style jugs come in three sizes: half a pint, one pint or two pints. Made of stoneware with a cream coloured glaze, the large spout and chunky handle make pouring easy. The jugs are microwave and dishwasher safe, making them as practical as they are pretty. The jugs are ideal in the kitchen or at the table and work equally well for all sorts of sauces or as vases for flowers.

Other milk churn style jugs

The classic spotty print has done sterling service in farmhouse kitchens for a long time and works equally well in traditional style kitchens today. Made of stoneware and available in 500ml and one litre sizes, it comes with handy measurement markers on the inside. A matching sugar pot and cream jug set, mug and teapot are available and, like the ridged cream jugs, this polka dot design does double duty as a flower vase. This design is microwave, dishwasher and even oven safe.

Basic custard recipe

So many puddings are enhanced by a creamy pouring of custard. Forget the packet mixes – there is nothing like real, home made custard served in a pretty jug to be poured over apple pie, rhubarb crumble or syrup sponge. It’s not a complicated process but requires some precision – don’t allow the custard to overheat or it will curdle, but it needs to be hot enough to thicken.

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 300ml whole milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped

Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until thick and pale. At this point you can add a teaspoon of cornflour, whisking in well if you need to stabilise the eggs.

Add the cream, milk and vanilla seeds to a saucepan and gently to just under boiling point, then pour over the egg and sugar mixture, whisking all the while. Pour the custard mixture into a fresh saucepan and put back on a very low heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir the custard thoroughly and constantly until it thickens to your taste.

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