Farm Shop Packaging Suppliers

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Wares of Knutsford is proud to supply small business as well as individuals, and our new packaging department is an ideal place to source smart packaging for farm shops and other produce sellers. The range is elegant and simple, allowing farm shops to present their wares at their best without distracting from the product itself.

Farm shop packaging for jars

The new Wares of Knutsford packaging range includes a number of options specifically for jars. These could contain not only jams, chutneys, pickles and other preserves but also cosmetics. There is a choice of gift boxes in natural or green and in various sizes, in two or three jar options. The boxes come flat for easy delivery and storage and are simple to put together as and when you need them. The boxes can be labelled as required or left blank, as there is a window for each jar so that customers can see what the boxes contain. Jar gift boxes make excellent farm shop packaging with their neat appearance and easiness to use.

Alternatively, there is a selection of jute bags for jars. These too come in a number of sizes and in two or three jar varieties. The bags included an integrated carrying handle and plastic windows to display the contents of the bag.

With packaging for farm shops, home made jams and other items can become smart gifts.

Trays and boxes for farm shop packaging

The new range of card boxes from Wares of Knutsford will allow farm shops and other small businesses to make up attractive hampers using a selection of attractive products. These can be seasonal or made to order, as the trays are delivered flat for easy storage, to be made up as needed. Like the jam boxes, the hampers come in natural or green, in different sizes and in square or rectangular. There is also a card tray with a wood effect for a but of rustic charm.

The hampers make it easy to package farm shop products attractively – simply add some coloured shredded paper and some ribbon, also available in Wares of Knutsford’s packaging department.

If you run a farm shop and are looking for ways to present your products, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful and friendly staff for ideas and to ask for a wholesale price list. They will be pleased to help you create a uniform style for your packaging to fit a sophisticated, rustic or whatever sort of image you are going for.

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Sugar Craft Accessories

Sugar craft accessories

Have you been watching The Great British Bake Off? The show’s popularity demonstrates just how popular baking and decorative cake making have become as a hobby in the UK. Wares of Knutsford is helping customers to keep up with the trend with its Icing, Piping and Sugar Craft department, full of all the sugar craft accessories you need to create cake decorations from gentle experiment right up to spectacular, Hollywood style creations worthy of a film star’s wedding.

Sugar craft accessories for working with icing

Before decorating, you will need to ice a cake and Wares of Knutsford can supply a variety of foundation tools for this task. An icing smoother is indispensable for an even finish to marzipan, fondant icing and sugar paste, while the Icing Scraper Set contains both smooth and serrated edge tools to work with buttercream and royal icing. You can also choose from a carefully edited selection of spreaders or palette knives and an essential non-stick rolling pin.

Sugar craft accessories for cutting icing

When you are creating intricate sugar craft shapes, there’s a certain amount of manual dexterity needed. However even the most artistic bakers also rely upon an arsenal of icing tools. These start with a series of cutters. Wares of Knutsford’s icing tools selection includes cutters in a variety of basic shapes, in stamp and plunger styles. Use these to make fantastic ribbons, bows and swirls out of fondant icing, sugar paste or marzipan for professionally styled celebration cakes.

Tools include a easy to use embossing and cutting wheels, cutting sets in butterfly, daisy, leaf and basic flower shapes and a comprehensive cutting and embossing set featuring 17 different heads. There is also a lightweight patterned rolling pin to create an embossed effect on marzipan and fondant icing.

The department also contains piping icing equipment, including squeezy icing bottles and a selection of piping bags in various sizes. The Deluxe Biscuit/Icing Set makes decorating super easy with an idiot proof icing gun and a selection of icing nozzles and biscuit cutters.

For detailed work, the Icing Modelling Tool Set contains eight double headed tools to create a variety of modelling and sculpting effects.

A useful extra for simpler baking is a cake plunger, used to core cupcakes so that they can easily be filled with your choice of flavour – maybe buttercream, jam, chocolate spread or even fruit. The plunger maintains the centre section you have removed so you can create a decorative top.

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Vintage Jars and Bottles

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The vintage theme is huge at the moment and the most popular way to style your wedding. Vintage also works very well for kitchens, clothes, restaurants and bars. If you are looking for vintage bottles and other accessories, Wares of Knutsford has a whole section of products dedicated exactly to that. Hunting down the genuine article is time consuming and can be expensive, while clean and undamaged kitchenware is extremely rare. Wares of Knutsford’s vintage selection helps you to achieve that retro look but with brand new, pristine goods at affordable prices.

Whether you are planning favours and table settings for a wedding, opening a small business or re-doing your kitchen at home, check out the selection of vintage bottles and jars at Wares of Knutsford.

Mason and Kilner style vintage jars

Wares of Knutsford stocks storage jars by a number of well known brands such as Mason, Kilner, Familia Wiss and Le Parfait. These kinds of vintage jars have been used for preserving and storage for decades – sometimes even centuries, and the basic design has barely changed in that time. What that means is that they are as practical as they are good looking, with a number of uses around the home.

Available in a variety of sizes, airtight lids mean they are ideal for storing dried goods in the kitchen, but a number of out customers use these kinds of jars for organising other areas of the home, including children’s bedrooms, craft rooms, bathrooms and even ‘man caves’! They also make a popular way to present wedding favours.

Sweet shop style vintage jars

Sweet shop style jars take on two basic forms. Straight sided glass jars with ball topped lids look classic and beautiful when filled with colourful sweets. However, like Mason and Kilner jars, our enterprising customers have discovered that the most mundane lentils, pastas and even flour can look elegant on a kitchen shelf when stored in these pretty jars.

Another funky style of sweet shop jar is the spherical tilt or tall jar, which has a flat bottom and side so that it can be used sitting upright or at an angle for easy access. Again these are great for organising around the home as well as in the kitchen, and come in various sizes, with a choice of coloured lids.

If you need to buy in bulk for a big wedding or event, or for a small business, Wares of Knutsford is pleased to offer wholesale prices for pallet sized orders. Don’t hesitate to contact our staff to find out about pricing and delivery.

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Sweet Jars for Shops and Stalls

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Wares of Kutsford’s sweet shop jars category is full of sweet jars that fit the traditional picture of a sweet shop jar and some more creative options.

Standard tilt or tall sweet jars

The model described as a sweet jar is round with a screw top and flat bottoms and sides so that it can be tilted or stand upright. Don’t feel restricted by the description of ‘sweet shop jars’, because this model provides great, practical storage for all sorts of goods, in the kitchen and elsewhere in the house.

The clear glass container means you can easily see what’s inside, while the jars are easy to access when tilted, even when stored up high. This shape comes in a range of sizes, starting at 130ml and going up through 180ml, 192ml, 395ml and 870ml to two litres. The jars can be bought singly or in packs. The 130ml, 192m, 395ml and 870ml versions come with a choice of lid colours, while the 180ml and two litre versions come with silver lids.

Traditional sweet jars

Pot club jars offer a classic look for storage. They look great filled with colourful sweets but can also make even mundane foods such as pasta and rice look elegant. Group a number of the jars together for serious visual impact.

Pot club jars come in packs of three, six or eighteen and in sizes including 250ml, 500ml, 750ml, one litre, 1.5 litres and two litres. With straight sides and glass lid topped with a ball, this is a timeless look for any kitchen. The Bronte jar offers a more traditional alternative with a quaint look, in five litre, 2.8 litre, 1.4 litre and one litre variants. Using attractive storage jars is the easiest way to turn necessary storage into a decorative feature in your kitchen, bathroom, craft room or anywhere you want to get organised.

Modern sweet jars

A new addition to our sweet shop jars range is a set of modern, sleek looking storage jars with coloured lids. These come in 0.5 litre and one litre sizes and are very practical as they can be stacked on top of each other in any combination – ideal when space is at a premium. The secure, screw top lids come in orange, green and raspberry.

If you are worried about using glass, the sweet shop jars category also contains a number of plastic varieties of jars, for safety and easy transport.

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Green Wine Bottles

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For home wine brewers, achieving a sophisticated and professional look for their product is quite important to avoid unflattering descriptions revolving around the taste of feline urine! Home made wine can taste downright nasty or, with the help of a Kilner Make Your Own kit from Wares of Knutsford, can be an enjoyable and cost effective way to produce unique and affordable wine of premium quality. Wares of Knutsford offers clear and green wine bottles for home brewers.

750ml Bordeaux Green Wine Bottles

The Bordeaux green bottles come in the traditional wine bottle shape, with a screw cap Nova twist plastic top. You can buy the bottles in four pack sizes – six, 12, 24 and 36, with larger packs offering great savings.

These bottles are ideal to give a professional look to your home made wine, but remember to add a label detailing the contents and any storage instructions.

Once you’ve finished the wine, the bottles can be reused for your next round of brewing or as candle holders, plant pot irrigation or for a number of other creative purposes!

Why use green wine bottles?

The use of green glass for bottling wine comes down to a mixture of traditional and practicality. First of all, wine stored in plastic bottles does not last as long as wine in glass bottles. While you may think this is of no concern if plan to drink the wine quickly, the process of making, bottling and distributing can be a fairly slow process, so glass is used to preserve wine in its optimum condition.

The very first wine makers used clay urns to store wine, but noticed that this had an effect on the taste and was difficult to store, so the ever practical Romans introduced the glass wine bottle. While traditionally different shapes of bottle are used for wines of different regions, the Bordeaux bottle is a good all rounder and the most popular style these days. With its straight sides and high shoulders, it’s easy to stack and keeps the cork wet efficiently when stored sideways. Some straight sided bottles have a more sloping shoulder line and these are known as Burgundy bottles.

While clear glass bottles are suitable for wines which will be kept in a dark place or refrigerated, green glass is used for bottling to help preserve the flavour of wine. Red wine in particular can be compromised by exposure to UV light, which can degrade the flavour.

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Basic Guide on How to Make Wine

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Home brewing is becoming an increasingly popular hobby in the UK, allowing you to produce commercial quality wine at a fraction of the commercial price! Legally there are no limits in the UK on how much wine you can produce, as long as you don’t try to sell it. The process of how to make wine is easy enough if you follow basic winemaking guidelines and simply require some ingredients, equipment and a little patience!

How to make wine: the equipment list

A basic winemaking equipment list will include a large, lidded bucket with a fermentation lock, a siphon, a funnel, a trial jar, a hydrometer, sterilising equipment and wine bottles and corks to hold the finished product.

You can buy all of this separately or in a convenient kit made by Kilner from Wares of Knutsford. Our home brewing department has all you need either as a novice starting from scratch or if you simply need to renew some older equipment. There are also ‘Make Your Own’ kits which include ingredients not only for red and white wine but also lager, cider and bitter.

How to make wine at home

Before you begin, sterilise all your equipment – any nasty bacteria hanging around can rui your home brewing endeavours. The basic winemaking method then involves adding grape juice in concentrate form, water, sugar and yeast to your bucket. At this point the mixture will need to kept at a steady temperature of 21C-24C for a certain amount of time to allow for fermentation. Your trial jar and hydrometer will allow you to check on how the process is going and choose how dry or sweet you want your wine to be. Overall you are looking at a few weeks from beginning to producing something very drinkable. In general white wine is ready quicker than red, which needs more time to mature.

Kilner wine making kits contain clear and detailed instructions on the process – you can’t go wrong!

As you grow in experience and confidence, you can start to experiment with the combination and quantity of ingredients. These may not always turn out well but that’s part of the fun!

Patience is key to produce a fine tasting wine – don’t try to rush any of the steps or leave anything out. If you are not sure that your wine is coming along as it should, there is plenty of advice and help online for home winemakers.

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Preserve Setting Points

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One of the most important but, for many people, most daunting parts of jam making is how to determine preserve setting points.

Signs you have reached preserve setting points

All preserves are different and will reach setting points in different ways. In general, is a preserve is reaching its setting point you will notice that the mixture is boiling more noisily than before and that larger bubbles will be developing on the surface. You might also find that the mixture is not rising in the vigorous way it did earlier and is more settled in the pan.

It may only take a few minutes for some preserves to reach setting point, while other can take 20 minutes of more, so it’s important to be vigilant over your preserve pan and start testing early, otherwise you could easily pass the setting point and overcook the mixture.

Testing preserve setting points with the wrinkle method

Probably the easiest way to test for a setting point is by using the wrinkle method. Before you begin preparing your preserve, put a couple of saucers into the freezer. When you are ready to test for setting, take a cold saucer and use a teaspoon to put a drop of preserve mixture onto it. Leave the drop to cool for a minute then use the tip of a finger to gently push it. If the drop has formed a slight skin which wrinkles when you push, the setting point has been reached. If not, keep cooking and re-test regularly.

Testing preserve setting points with the flake method

For this method, stir a clean wooden spoon around in the preserve pan so that the head is fully coated in the mixture. Remove the spoon and allow to cool a little, then hold it vertically over the pan. If the mixture drops down the spoon’s head and hangs on the bottom, you have found your setting point. If the mixture slides off the spoon back into the pan, keep cooking and te-test regularly.

Alternatively, you could invest in a sugar thermometer, which is capable of measuring temperatures up to 250C. Stir the thermometer around in the pan to make sure you get an overall temperature reading rather than a hot or cool spot. Jams and marmalades are ready to set when the thermometer reads between 104-105.5C.

You test chutneys slightly differently. Use a clean wooden spoon to drag a channel through the chutney mixture across the base of the pan. If liquid fills up the channel immediately then the chutney isn’t ready. If the channel remains then the chutney has reached setting point.

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How to Sterilise Jars

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Before you begin the delicious process of preserving, there is one very important step you must take, which is sterilising jam jars and other accessories. It’s far less fun than cooking but is essential.

The why of how to sterilise jars

The process of sterilisation ensures that any bacteria, fungi, yeasts and any other unwanted organisms are removed from jars and lids so that your preserves will not be contaminated by them. If these nasties are allowed to remain in the jars and come into contact with jams and preserves, they can spoil your food and, even worse, could make you ill when you eat it.

So for the sake of freshness and your health, make sure you always sterilise not only the jars themselves but also any lids or seals that go with them.

Before you begin, check your jars and lids carefully and discard any which are damaged. Cracks, chips and other damage can hoard bacteria and can be dangerous to handle. Wares of Knutsford can supply supply spare lids to replace any which are not good enough to re-use. Before you sterilise, wash jars thoroughly in hot, soapy water and rinse well.

There are a couple of easy ways how to sterilise jars, but whichever you use, try to do it at the same time you are preparing your preserves, as the jars should still be warm from the preserving process to avoid cracking the glass when you fill them with hot jam and to help create an efficient seal.

How to sterilise jars

Firstly and most simply, you can sterilise your jars in the dishwasher, running them through a hot cycle. If you are re-using lids, remove any rubbers seals before washing and sterilising.

However, many people prefer sterilising jam jars in a water bath. You will need a pan large enough to hold your jars and lids, then cover them with plenty of water. Bring the pan to a rapid boil and hold it for at least 10 minutes. Don’t ever put your jars into already boiling water as the glass could crack, and make sure you use oven gloves or a set of special tongs for jam jars to handle the hot jars and lids.

Placing the jars in an oven on a low temperature used to be a popular method for sterilising but has fallen out of favour due to a risk of bacterial contamination from food stuck onto the oven surfaces, so unless your oven is absolutely spotless you are probably better off using one of the wet methods above.

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Jute Bags for Jars

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As part of our new packaging range, Wares of Knutsford is pleased to introduce jute bags, designed to show off jars of jams, chutneys, pickles or any other produce – even cosmetics or aromatherapy products. There are various models in the range, all including a soft cotton integrated handle for easy and comfortable transport and clear plastic windows to display the contents.

The bags are made of natural hessian, an environmentally friendly and biodegradable material which is produced in India. The reusable bags turn simple gifts of home made produce into a smart, inexpensive gift that looks gorgeous, and are equally suitable for small businesses to display their wares.

Jars can be presented simply in the bags or you can decorate by filling out with some coloured shredded paper.

All the bags can be bought singly or in packs of six, which offers a slight saving on the single bag price. As usual at Wares of Knutsford, customers benefit from a flat postage rate, so you can order as many bags as you like, plus jars or other items to fill them, without worrying about accumulating a huge packing and postage fee at the end.

Two window jute bags

The two window jute jar bags come in small and medium sizes. The small bag is 130mm tall, 180mm wide and 80mm deep and is designed to hold two small jars so that the contents are visible through the plastic display windows.

The medium sized bag is 190mm tall, 205mm wide and 90mm deep, to contain two jars of a maximum of 120mm high by 80mm wide.

Three window jute bags

The three window range is more extensive, with options in extra small, small, medium and tall sizes. The extra small size is 110mm tall, 225mm wide and 60mm deep. Small is 130mm x 260mm x 100mm, medium is 150mm tall by 320mm wide and 120mm deep and the tall bag is 190mm tall by 310mm wide and 120mm deep, and is ideal for small bottles as well as tall jars.

If the bags aren’t quite what you are looking for, our new packaging category also contains some smart cardboard gift boxes, again in two and three jar shapes and in a range of sizes. Colours are natural or green. The boxes are delivered flat and are easy to assemble, with an intergrated carrying handle for safety. The boxes also sold singly or in packs of six.

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What to plant in your allotment in March

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March is a busy month for gardening – even if the weather is a little fickle. Getting a good start on your planting now will reward you later on with a bounteous harvest. Planting in March focuses on cabbage, peas and broad beans.

Brassica beds on the allotment in March

Get your early Brussels sprouts going under cloches within the next few weeks and they should be ready to plant out by May and on the table in autumn. Peer Gynt is a reliable early cropper, as is Nelson.

Summer cabbages are also ready for planting in your allotment in March for harvesting in summer. Try kohl rabi for something a little more exotic and more disease resistant than cabbage. Kohl rabi’s spreading root system also allows it to survive hot summer or periods of drought well. Harvest before it gets any bigger than a golf ball to avoid toughness.

Legumes for the allotment in March

Broad beans and early peas can also get started this month. To stretch their eating season out over the summer, sow little and often – beans can be sown one a month and peas every two weeks from March until May. If they are harvested early enough, broad beans can be eaten whole like mangetout.

Soak the seeds overnight before sowing in soil that has been well dug over, which will allow their large roots to spread comfortably. If temperatures remain low, hold off on the peas, which need at least 7C to germinate. Alternatively you can sow in modules and plant out later, once hardened off.

You can also start early carrots in March.

When the weather gets warmer

If all goes well, temperatures will be reaching 10-15C later in the month, so you can plant out globe onions and even start off early potatoes. It’s hard on your back, but the traditional way to plant potatoes is to the depth of your trowel, earthing up as they grow. Many allotmenteers devise complicated ways to get ahead with potato growing, but you have to be very dedicated to follow the competition. If you have a small plot, potatoes work surprisingly well grown in an old bin or a barrel. New potatoes grown this way will be ready for June.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to get your perennials in the ground – garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and asparagus crowns.

Concentrate on getting as much done as you can in March because April is the busiest month of the year on the allotment!

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Fresh Veg and Fresh Fruit March

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For seasonal veg and fresh fruit March is a transitional month, a bridge between chunky winter produce and lighter, brighter summer foods. Bramley apples, pomegranates, oranges and grapefruit are still plentiful, and for fresh veg March is great for Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celeriac, leeks, parsnips, purple sprouting broccoli and sweet potato, while watercress, spring greens and spinach are on their way up. However cooking is starting to focus on lighter dishes as winter’s stodgy diet makes way for more colourful spring and summer choices. Warm salads and fruity desserts replace stews and sponges, and the brave may even attempt an early barbecue!

Falafel salad with fresh fruit March pomegranate

Pomegranate may be a fruit, but it works beautifully in savoury dishes. Its jewel like seeds add fresh, bright colour and delicious nutrition to any dish and a glorious sweetness to this exotic, Middle Eastern salad.

  • 1 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 200g mixed salad leaves
  • 4 tablespoons plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dried mint
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • Seeds of one pomegranate

Whizz up the chickpeas in a food processor with the garlic, harissa paste, flour and a little salt until the mixture reaches a fine paste consistency. Use your hands to form the paste into small balls, about meatball size, then fry for a few minutes in hot oil until golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain.

Make a dressing by mixing the yoghurt with the olive oil, lemon juice, mint and some salt and pepper.

Serve the falafels on a bed of salad leaves, topped with some generous dollops of yoghurt dressing, then sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds and the parsley.

Fresh fruit March fool

There’s nothing foolish about this light and simple dessert, which makes a virtue of one of March’s most delicious ingredients: rhubarb.

  • 350g rhubarb, trimmed and chopped
  • 55g caster sugar
  • Juice of one orange
  • 150ml whipped cream
  • 1 egg white, beaten into soft peaks

Boil the rhubarb until soft in a medium pan with the sugar, orange juice and a little water to cover the fruit.

Gently fold the egg whites and whipped cream together.

Drain the rhubarb and fold it into the cream mixture, reserving a little fruit to decorate the fools. Serve in a tall glass, garnished with a little rhubarb and orange zest.

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Fresh Produce in March – Spring Green Cabbage

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March is a great month for seasonal produce, with purple sprouting broccoli, celeriac, kale, leeks, swedes and shallots all at their best now. However one of the most delicious March produce foods is spring cabbage. This bright, zesty leaf can be used in a number of ways – not least of which is bubble and squeak! Try these sophisticated spring cabbage recipes.

Lemon spring green cabbage

This simple side dish is a quick, easy and healthy way to use seasonal March produce, and combines beautifully with pretty much any meat or fish.

  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 500g spring green cabbage or any mixture of spring greens

Mix together thoroughly the lemon juice and olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Trim and finely slice the spring greens, then add to a pan of salted boiling water. Cook for three or four minutes, so that the greens are tender but still retain their crisp colour. Drain the greens in a colander and give them a minute to steam dry, then return to the pan and gently stir in the dressing.

Cabbage thoran from Kerala

This spicier option makes a great accompaniment to most curries or can be used as a vegetarian main course with rice and poppadoms.

  • 100ml coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black lentils (urad dhal)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 dried red chillies, chopped
  • 12 curry leaves
  • 60g ginger and garlic paste
  • Half a teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 250g spring cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 fresh bird’s eye green chillies, sliced
  • 100g fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Shred the cabbage and cut the carrots into thin strips.

In a large saucepan, cook the mustard and cumin seeds, urad dhal and red chillies in the oil on a medium heat until they start to pop. Add the curry leaves and cook for another minute, stirring all the while, then add the ginger and garlic paste and the ground turmeric and cook for another 30 seconds.

Stir in the cabbage and the carrots, cover and cook on a medium heat for about five to seven minutes or until the cabbage and carrots are tender. Add a splash of water if the mixture seems dry or is catching.

Stir in the grated coconut and the green chillies and allow to heat through. Serve garnished with the fresh coriander.

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Jam Jar Boxes & Packaging Now Available

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At Wares of Knutsford we are pleased and proud to take our customers’ requests seriously. Due to popular demand we have now launched a new category called ‘Packaging’. This is designed to help our customers present gifts attractively and our business customers to display their wares to their best advantage.

Jam jar boxes and bags

The new category includes jam jar packaging in jar boxes or bags, hamper trays, shredded paper in a variety of colours and ribbons. The boxes and bags are simply the neatest and easiest way to present jars and come in two or three jar sizes. The jar gift boxes are available in natural or green and feature an integrated handle for easy transport. There are also boxes specially designed for tall, slim jars.

Boxes are sold flat for easy delivery but can be easily assembled at home and are made of a high quality, heavy duty card. They can be bought singly or in packs of six.

Jute bags are also available for two or three jars and feature display windows and a carrying handle. These smart bags are an excellent way to turn jars of mustard, honey, jam or any other produce into a smart gift. The bags can be bought singly or in packs of six and can be re-used.

Hamper trays in natural, burgundy or olive green are square or rectangular shaped, come in deep or shallow varieties and in three sizes. There is also a special hamper made of card but designed to look like a wooden crate. Hamper boxes can be bought singly or in packs of six.

Dressing jar boxes and hampers

If you are presenting jars in boxes or bags so that the product labels can be clearly seen then you may prefer to keep things simple and forego any other decoration. However if you are going for the hampers, you’ll need to think about how to dress the contents. The simplest way to do this is to put a layer of shredded paper into the base of the hamper and arrange the contents neatly on top of the paper. You can then wrap the whole thing in transparent bags or sheets and use ribbon to close. A small hamper of home made preserves makes a lovely gift or is a great way to present sample sizes. The hamper boxes can accommodate jars, bottles, soaps and a variety of other gifts.

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New Stacker Storage Jars

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At Wares of Knutsford we like to believe we can provide the appropriate storage jars for every food and every kitchen design. Let’s be honest, every kitchen looks better with foodstuffs neatly decanted into attractive jars rather than flapping with open packets. Storing your foodstuff in jars will keep it clean, dry and in its best condition, and everything will be easy to find.

Stacker storage jars

One of our favourite new ranges is a series of stacker storage jars. This modern range by Luminarc is made of high quality, durable clear glass with colourful plastic lids. It is BPA free, dishwasher safe and suitable for any cold contents, but not hot foods. The jars come in 0.5 litre and one litre sizes with lids in bright green, orange and raspberry colours. The jars are available singly or in packs of three, six or 12, and the jars get cheaper the more you order!

This versatile system allows you to see the contents of the jars clearly, and you can mix and match different sizes when stacking to make the most of your space. The stacker jars are ideal for all kinds of dried goods, such as rice, pasta, flour, sugar, pulses, biscuits, sweets, dried fruit, teabags and coffee. The screw on lids keep the jar airtight so your foods remain in the freshest condition.

Traditional storage jars

Often called sweet shop jars or cookie jars, the more traditional style of jar can’t usually be stacked because of its shaped lid – but they look fantastic! Wares of Knutsford stocks Kilner Knobstopper jars, Bronte jars and a number of Pot Club jars in different sizes if you’re aiming for a traditional look in your kitchen. These look great displayed in a row on open shelves or simply sitting on the worktop.

If you’re looking for something that’s not too modern and not too traditional but more classic in style, try the one litre Script jars. The neat, straight sided style comes with a wooden lid and in clear glass or matt beige, black, or brown. You can’t see through them but a handy feature of these jars is the special finish which allows you to write on them in chalk, which can then be easily wiped off with a damp sponge and rewritten as the contents change.

Take a look at the Wares of Knutsford storage jar pages to view the full range, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t find what you are looking for as we are always happy to source new products.

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New Categories At Wares of Knutsford

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Wares of Knutsford prides itself upon being the best preserving website on the internet, and is pleased to introduce some new categories to the website. Based upon feedback from customers, the homepage now contains direct links to new categories to help visitors more easily navigate the site and the huge range of product offered.

From preserving website to complete kitchen

Wares of Knutsford started out as a specialist preserving website but has since expanded to include a wide range of kitchen equipment. So that customers can now find what they’re looking for easily, a selection of new categories has been added to the homepage. These are Kilner, Vintage, Wedding Favours, Packaging and Drinking Jars.

Customers looking for specific products should now be able to choose from the categories on the homepage, to streamline the shopping process. For example, drinking jars can now all be found in one place, including those made by Mason and Kilner, in different sizes or colours. As a bonus, accessories have been included in the form of extra lids packs and paper straws.

The Vintage category collects together all the items on the website that could help to create a vintage look and feel in any home. Items such as enamelware, traditional kitchen tools and ceramic kitchen wares can be found in one place, to help customers select which items work well together.

Wedding Favours will be the immediate destination of choice for those looking for a way to decorate their table in a unique and personal way, without spending a fortune. If you have some ideas for your wedding but can’t work out how to bring them to life, please contact our friendly and helpful staff for suggestions.

Packaging is a newer category developed in response to customer demand. Wares of Knutsford is aware how important presentation is when giving gifts or selling your produce and so has come with a collection of stylish and practical packaging items including presentation boxes and bags, ribbons and coloured, shredded paper.

The Kilner category brings together all things Kilner, including bottle and jars and preserving equipment. The Kilner brand has been established for over 150 years and is one of the most trusted names in preserving.

Still the best preserving website

While Wares of Knutsford is proud of its comprehensive range of kitchenwares, preserving equipment remains our passion and the mainstay of our online shop. We sincerely believe you won’t find a better and wider variety of jars and bottle on any other website.

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Vintage Glass Jelly Moulds

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The vintage trend is everywhere – clothes, home decor and cooking are going retro with a vengeance. Meanwhile on the television the likes of Kirsty Allsop and ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ programme are championing traditional crafts and the best parts of running a house the way your grandmother used to. It’s quaint, it’s sweet and it’s all quite easy to achieve.

Style up your kitchen with glass jelly moulds

You may not be ready to replace your entire wardrobe with vintage prom dresses, but a few decorative tweaks can give your home a charmingly retro style. You don’t need to replace your whole kitchen – unless you can boast metres of gleaming steel and glass, your existing kitchen units should lend themselves to some vintage dressing as this mostly involves some clever accessorising.

Now ideally anything you have in your kitchen should be useful as well as beautiful, so choose carefully. Wares of Knutsford has an ideal selection of retro themed kitchenwares including Mason Cash mixing bowl and enamelware. However some of our favourite items are the vintage glass jelly moulds. Available in two shapes, round and oblong, the mould has a genuinely vintage look and, best of all, is actually really useful for presenting beautifully shaped jellies, blancmanges and similar retro desserts – for adults as well as children!

Blancmange recipe for glass jelly moulds

Like chicken Kiev, prawn cocktail and vol au vents, blancmange fell out of fashion for a while, but now it’s back! A glass vintage jelly mould is perfect for this recipe.

  • 300ml full fat milk
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 5 leaves of gelatine
  • 425ml double cream
  • 600g ripe strawberries, hulled
  • 1 and a half tablespoons icing sugar

Start by whizzing up the strawberries in a food processor. Pass the resulting puree through a sieve to remove seeds, then set aside for later.

Boil the milk with the caster sugar and ground almonds, then reduce to a simmer for about five minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside for a little while to cool.

Meanwhile soak the gelatine in a little cold water for five minutes, then squeeze out any excess and add to the pan of hot milk, stirring until the leaves dissolve. Add about three quarters of the double cream and the strawberry puree and mix well to combine. Pour the mixture into your jelly moulds and allow to set in the refrigerator overnight.

To serve, turn out the blancmange and whip up the remaining cream with the icing sugar to decorate.

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Save Money Buying Bulk Jars

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Organised types will be preparing for their cooking year by stocking up on the equipment they will need for preserving, baking and barbecuing. Planning ahead can not only save you time and stress later on but also money. If you know what you will need you can take advantage of special offers when they come up and can buy in bulk to save you running out of essentials at the last moment, allowing you to take advantage of economies of scale with bulk buy bargain prices. Wares of Knutsford’s bargain jars in bulk buy package sizes are one of our most popular products, offering both convenience and excellent value for money.

Buy in bulk jars

Wares of Knutsford’s jars in bulk buy packs are offered in an impressive range of styles. There are 192 jars with lids in every pack, and as usual Wares charges the same flat postage rate no matter how big your order, so you can add as much as you like to your online basket without having to worry about mounting postage costs.

Along with the traditional, standard jam jars and versatile 190ml jar you can choose from square and hexagonal styles, while there is also a selection of more decorative styles. The bulk buy section of the website also includes some specialist jars such as honey jars, verrine jars for pates and pastes, Bonne Maman style jars in two sizes, clip top jars and miniatures. There are straight sided jars and globe shaped options, so there’s something for everyone.

There is also a bargain pack of 50ml miniature whisky bottles, ideal for wedding favours and other special events.

Bulk jars for cosmetics

Wares of Knutsford’s bulk jars selection is not just for the kitchen – there is also a choice of cosmetics jars for those planning either to start a commercial venture with their home made products or to give a lot of gifts! Buying in bulk always offers better value and can help small business owners to keep their costs down. Remember that Wares of Knutsford also offers wholesale prices for business owners, so don’t hesitate to contact us for details.

Bulk buy cosmetics jars come in dark red plastic with a white lid and in clear or amber glass with a black, bakelite screw top. Sizes range from tiny 15ml jars up to 120ml.

If you’re looking for something specific but can’t find it in the bulk buy section, please contact our friendly and helpful staff as we are happy to create custom packs.

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Kitchen Craft Kitchen Accessories

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Kitchen Craft is one of the UK’s best known and loved manufacturers of kitchen accessories. Founded by Thomas Plant as an ironmongery, the company is now run by his great, great grandsons. The firm focuses on retaining the traditional values of its heritage and combining them with a keen eye for modern trends in cooking and design. Wares of Knutsford is pleased to offer a variety of products from this well respected British name in kitchen accessories, including the Classic Collection, the Italian Collection and the Natural Elements range.

The Kitchen Craft Classic Collection

At Wares we are big fans of vintage and enjoy celebrating the best of the past. The Classic Colleciton does just that but adds a contemporary edge for modern usability. For example, the collection includes a whistling kettle in 2.3 litre size, available in black, cream or stainless steel. There’s no mistaking that classic whistling sound, but these kettles are built to use in modern kitchens so can be used on any kind of hob including induction. The kettle comes with a ten year guarantee and features a flip top whistle and a clear ‘Max Fill’ mark. Co-ordinating items are available.

The polka dot stoneware range is another great example of kitchenware which will complement a traditional, rustic or modern classic kitchen, featuring pastel spots on a neutral, cream background. The range includes storage jars, a bread bin, butter dish, pitchers and jugs, mugs, toast rack, egg cup, cake tins, a composter, egg cosies, a teapot and a sugar pot and cream jug set – everything you need to create a modern rustic look in any kitchen!

Other accessories by Kitchen Craft

Kitchen accessories should be as useful as they are beautiful, a philosophy fully embraced by the brand. Among other items, Wares of Knutsford offers labels, chopping boards, rotary whisks, kitchen scales, chopping boards, fondue sets and all sorts of other cooking items including both essentials and the kind of specialist kit needed for more adventurous and exotic kitchen experiments.

Furthermore, the Italian Collection and Natural Elements ranges contain all you need to produce delicious and stylish recipes, whether you are a professional or amateur cook. Start with mechanicals such as mincers and pasta making equipment and continue with elegant oven to tableware in cream and soft mint green, while the traditional balance scales and accompanying weights must be the most perfect combination of form and function possible.

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Clip Top Storage Jars

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At Wares of Knutsford we are proud of our wide range of kitchenware but ultimately, we are still all about the jars. Take our clip top storage jars, for example. We believe you won’t find a bigger or better range anywhere else on the internet – or in real life!

The Wares of Knutsford clip top storage jars range

The clip top storage jars range encompasses a dizzying array of sizes. The smallest is a tiny 70ml miniature and the largest is a huge and useful three litres. In between you’ll find 72ml, 100ml,120ml, 125ml, 230ml, 250ml, 350ml, 500ml, 750ml, 800ml, one litre, 1.3 litre, 1.5 litre, 1.8 litre, two litres and 2.2 litres.

The variety doesn’t stop at size, as there are clear and coloured glass versions and even a clear plastic option. Shapes include round, square, hexagonal, oval globe shaped and even ribbed jars. Jars can be bought in a variety of pack sizes and in some cases singly, but remember that the more you buy the cheaper they get!

You can also choose from a 20 piece clip top spice jar set and sets in different display packs, such as baskets or distressed wood stands. These are ideal for gifts or to help create a rustic kitchen style.

The main benefit of the clip top closure system is the airtight seal created within the jar, which helps to keep the contents fresh and in optimum condition. This is achieved thanks to a rubber ring around the lid, of which spares can be bought at Wares of Knutsford in packs of ten at 85mm and 100mm sizes.

How people use clip top storage jars

At Wares of Knutsford we are fascinated to hear how our customers use our products. While their traditional use is to store dried goods such as pasta, rice, pulses, flour, sugar etc., it seems clip top jars are a favourite way to house wedding favours or party favours for all sorts of events. Other customers tell us they use clip top jars to keep their crafting and art products in order or to help children keep their rooms tidy, as they are the ideal way to keep Lego, beads, small toy figures, hair accessories, make up and plastic jewellery at bay while being easy for children to find. Our clip top jars can even be found in ‘man caves’ and sheds, keeping nuts and bolts, string, cable ties, garden seeds and other ephemera in order. In fact, there’s very little they can’t hold!

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Mason Jar Mugs

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At Wares of Knutsford we are proud of the quality and variety of our jar range, and are particularly excited about some of our more unusual items. Have you ever considered Mason mugs for drinking? Not only do jar mugs offer a cute and stylish way of presenting drinks, they are also practical.

The Mason jar mugs range at Wares of Knutsford

Made of heavyweight glass with a chunky handle, Mason jar mugs are ideal for outdoor events at home or away – barbecues, picnics, parties, festivals etc. They are certainly more sophisticated than a paper cup and more modern than a hip flask. The lids mean they can safely transport drinks and are great for pre-filling drinks for guests at outdoor events. The lid prevents not only spillages but insects and debris from entering the glass, however the handled jars are not suitable for hot drinks or for preserving.

The range includes options with or without lids in a variety of sizes. Mason drinking jars come in 450ml and 630ml sizes in clear glass, with lids in a choice of gold or red and white gingham. Alternatively Kilner makes drinking mugs in clear glass in 500ml or in a choice of blue, green or pink in 400ml, embossed with the famous Kilner logo.

There is a choice of pack sizes, with items getting cheaper the more you order, so take advantage of economies of scale and buy in bulk to save money! As usual at Wares of Knutsford, all orders are subject to a flat postage rate, no matter how many items are in your online basket.

Don’t forget to order some paper straws to go with your drinking mugs for some classic styling!

A summer cocktail for Mason jar mugs

The glorious pastel colour of this mint lemonade will look super pretty served in Mason jar mugs with a straw, plenty of ice and extra lemon and mint to garnish – serious non-alcoholic cocktail style without a paper umbrella in sight!

You will need:

  • A large handful of fresh mint leaves
  • The juice of six lemons and the zest of three
  • Three tablespoons sugar cane syrup
  • Still or sparkling water

Wrap the mint leaves in a clean tea towel and bash gently with a rolling pin – bruising the leaves will help to release the flavour. Add the mint with the lemon juice and zest and the sugar syrup to a pitcher, then top up with the water. Stir well then sample the lemonade and add a bit more lemon or sugar according to taste.

Chill thoroughly and add plenty of ice to serve.

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