Packed lunches in Kilner jars

Packed lunches in Kilner jars 

Tomato pasta with sauce, thyme and sliced cherry tomatoes in glass mason jar, served over old dark wooden background. Lunch to go.

With summer more or less on the doorstep, there are plenty of tasty salad vegetables on offer in the greengrocers or even at home if you grow your own. If summer means you would like to eat healthily to lose a pound or two, and you would like to save money ready for the holiday season, taking a packed lunch to work could help with both these goals. Taking your own lunch to work does not mean it has to be a boring old cheese sandwich – with the help of a Kilner jar or two, your lunch can be just as appetising as the prepared salads that the café chains sell. Read on for some ideas on how to create your own lunch in a Kilner jar.

Salads in Kilner jars

Salads work brilliantly in these jars, as the airtight seal keeps them fresh and the glass jar means that you can see exactly what you have for lunch in all its crisp and colourful glory. Try layering different salad items for the best effect. Start with a delicious salad dressing in the bottom of the jar, then add items such as tomatoes, celery, red onion, carrots and cucumber. Next add a layer or sweetcorn or beans, and then rice or feta cheese. At the very top, add chopped lettuce, herbs and nuts. Seal the jar and you are good to go!

You can, of course, experiment with what you put in your Kilner jar. Some salad vegetables work better than others and some need to be kept away from the salad dressing if they are to stay fresh and tasty, so it pays to play around to see what works. Noodles, chickpeas, couscous and quinoa are all fabulous healthy additions to any lunch in a jar experiment.

Desserts in Kilner jars 

Autumn overnight oats with apples and cranberries in a mason jar on vintage metal background

With all this healthy eating going on, you might want to treat yourself to a dessert in a jar once in a while. You can stick with the healthy vibe by creating a fruit salad in a jar, layering fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and kiwi fruit, and adding a little orange juice to keep everything fresh. If you fancy an extra treat, substitute a layer of fruit for a little crème fraîche or natural yoghurt. Avoid apples, as these are likely to turn an unappetising shade of brown whilst in the jar.

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Salad recipes in glass jars

Salad recipes in glass jars 

healthy vegetable salad in mason jar

With summer holidays and days on the beach just around the corner, many of us are thinking about how to lose a pound or two to fit into last year’s swimsuit and shorts. After a long cold winter of eating hearty stews and puddings, now is the time when we look for something lighter. One way of losing some weight without really trying is to ditch the lunchtime sandwiches in favour of a healthy and nutritious salad. With so many salad vegetables coming into season right now, we are spoilt for choice. In today’s blog post, we take a look at how to use Mason Ball jars to hold fresh and appetising salads.

Making salads in glass jars

If you have ever tried to take a salad to work in a plastic storage container, you have probably had one of two unsatisfactory experiences. Either your salad dressing and oil has leaked all over your bag on the way to work, or you have opened the lid to find a wet, oily mess that looks distinctly unappetising.

One way of overcoming these issues is to use Mason Ball jars to hold your daily salad. These jars have strong, reliable screw top lids, so there is no chance of anything leaking out. By stacking your salad in this kind of jar, you can put the oil and dressing at the bottom, along with your chosen ingredients that work well in oil, and keep the ingredients that go soggy in oil at the top of the jar. Provided you stick to the principle that the dressing goes at the bottom, followed by crisp, crunchy ingredients or grains, with delicate items such as salad leaves at the top, your salad in a jar will work perfectly.

What are the options for a salads in glass jars?

The world is your oyster when it comes to what to put in your Mason Ball jars. Try starting with a light low-fat dressing, then adding sliced apple, radish and celery. Layer in some quinoa or chopped walnuts before filling up the jar with baby salad leaves.

Courgettes are starting to come into season right now and make an excellent choice for a salad in a jar. Again, start with the dressing of your choice, then add the courgette. If you have a spiraliser, use this to make courgette noodles, as these will work brilliantly in a jar. Add quinoa and spring onions before topping up the jar with cubes of feta cheese.

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Create a desk organiser with glass jars

Create a desk organiser with glass jars 

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If you like all things homemade when it comes to cooking and preserves, there is a good chance that you also enjoy crafts and making things for the home. Once you have the bug for making things, whether baking cakes or creating your own homemade cosmetics, you start seeing the world in terms of ‘I wonder if I could make one of those?’ Making your own has so many benefits – it’s fun and satisfying, it costs less than buying something new, and it’s good for the planet. In today’s post, we show you how to put some old jars to good use by making a stylish desk organiser.

Using glass jars to get organised

It is so easy to find our desk or workspace getting untidy, with pens and pencils everywhere and all sorts of other bits and bobs lying cluttered around; however, a few glass jars could make all the difference. You could simply use them as pen pots exactly as they are, or you could jazz them up using chalk paint. If you used blackboard paint instead, you could then write a cute word or phrase on each jar with a chalkboard marker pen to create a truly unique organiser. If you do not want to use chalkboard paint over the whole jar, you could always opt for a subtler look by using our chalkboard labels. These come in a pack of 12 labels, with different shaped labels and two chalk pens. Both approaches are so easy and will give you a really stylish way to store all that desk clutter.

Using a group of glass jars

One effective way to create this type of organiser is to use a group of jars of different sizes. Try a 1lb jam jar for pens and pencils, a half-gallon jar for scissors and rulers, and a terrine jar for paper clips, drawing pins and other smaller items. As with flower arranging, placing a set of jars together to form an organiser creates a much stronger overall effect.

If desk space is limited, why not take the jar organiser off the desk altogether? Take a piece of wood about 24 inches long and four inches wide and fix equally-spaced large jubilee clips along the wood, leaving three inches clear at either end. Drill a hole at either end of the wood and fix to the wall. Place the neck of a jar in each jubilee clip and tighten the clip until it is holding the jar securely. Hey presto, you have a hanging jar organiser!

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Honey jars in the kitchen

Honey jars in the kitchen

A jar of pure amber colored local honey glistens in the sun, inside the jar is also a piece of the honeycomb it came from.

If you have ever tasted raw or artisan-processed honey, you will know why Pooh Bear was so very fond of the stuff. Whilst commercially-produced honey is often a blended product that combines honey from a variety of sources to produce a mass-market item, artisan honey is in a different league altogether. In today’s post, we look at some uses for honey in the kitchen and at some of our jars that are suitable for honey.

Our range of honey jars

Whether you are fortunate enough to produce your own honey from beehives in your garden or allotment or simply like to buy the best honey you can find, decanting it into some high-quality jars will set it off nicely and make it look even more appealing on the breakfast table.

Our hexagonal jars work brilliantly for honey, with the hexagon shape mimicking the honeycomb in a beehive. We have hexagonal glass honey jars in a range of sizes, from 283ml jars down to individual portion jars of 45ml.

If the hexagonal glass honey jars are not quite what you are looking for, check out our 368ml honeycombed jar. This premium glass jar features a dimpled honeycomb design around the bottom and the neck of the jar, which gives it a quirky, fun feel.

Putting those honey jars to use

A lot of cooks use honey as a sweetener instead of sugar in desserts and baking, but there are so many other dishes you can use honey in. It can be used as the base for a rich and sticky marinade for all kinds of meat dishes, or as a delicious glaze. Try chicken kebabs in a honey and soy sauce marinade, or honey and garlic pork chops. Honey glazed hams are a common feature at Christmas and it is so easy to prepare your own, with results that will make your mouth water! If you do make a honey glaze or marinade, be careful not to let the honey burn – either cover the dish with tin foil whilst it is in the oven or drain off most of the marinade before cooking, pouring it over the meat once the dish is half cooked.

Another great use for honey is to make your own mustard. We will no doubt cover some great mustard recipes in depth in a future post, as homemade mustard is such a worthwhile project. It tastes far better than supermarket mustard and you can experiment to get the exact strength you like.

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Pickled cucumbers in glass jars

Pickled cucumbers in glass jars 

Jars of pickled marinated cucumbers on rustic table

Few people can resist a fabulous burger. Made with prime beef and lots of tangy relish and fresh toppings, a really good burger is hard to beat. With barbecue season now in full swing, many people are thinking about organising a family get-together or garden party and are looking to make their own delicious burgers rather than buying them from the supermarket. Often, however, cooks tend to concentrate on the burger itself, taking time to make these by hand but then adding shop-bought toppings such as relish or pickles. In today’s blog post, we take a look at just how easy it is to make homemade pickled cucumbers to serve on burgers and other dishes. Once you have seen how easy this is, you will be raring to make your own ready for your next barbecue event.

The right glass jars for your pickles

Before you start to prepare your pickled cucumbers, you need to consider the jars you will use to store them in. We recommend using either our one-gallon pickle jar or our ½-gallon jar. These are perfect for pickles and really look the part. If you only want to prepare a small amount of pickled cucumber, one of our clip top jars, such as the Kilner one-litre square clip top jar, would be ideal.

Filling those glass jars

Once you have decided on the right jar for this project, it is time to get busy. For this recipe, we have opted for a relatively small amount, using just one cucumber; however, it is easy to scale the recipe up if you have a glut of cucumbers that you would like to use up – simply multiply the ingredients according to how many cucumbers you have.

Ingredients

1 cucumber, thinly peeled
2 tsp salt
60g sugar
75ml white vinegar
2-inch piece of fresh root ginger

Method

Take the peeled cucumber and lightly run the back of a fork down the length of the cucumber, around all sides. This will give a ridged appearance to the cucumber slices.

Slice the cucumber thinly and place in a bowl with the salt, making sure it is mixed thoroughly. After 10 minutes or so, rinse with cold water. Drain the cucumber and then put it back in the bowl.

Grate the root ginger and add to the cucumber along with the sugar and vinegar. Mix everything together well.

Place the cucumber slices into a clean, sterilised jar, ensuring that enough vinegar is poured over the slices to keep them covered. Store in the fridge.

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Homemade barbecue sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce 

Barbeque Sauce with Tomatoes, Smoked Salt and fresh Herbs (on rustic wooden background)

Are you one of the millions of enthusiastic Brits who can’t wait for summer so that they can dust off the barbecue and eat outdoors? If so, you are in for a treat today, as we are going to share our favourite homemade barbecue sauce recipe. Once you have had a go at making your own barbecue sauce, you will never settle for a shop-bought one again.

Sauce bottles at the ready

Man eating roasted pork ribs with garlic, rosemary and green herb sauce on rustic wooden table. Man' s hands holding fork with fried potato and glass of dark beer, top view

Before you make your own barbecue sauce, you need to consider the bottles you are going to use. For a professional finish, use a special sauce bottle such as our wonderful hexagonal bottle. Holding 250ml, the hexagonal bottle is reminiscent of old-style sauces from the 70s and will set off your homemade creations perfectly.

Here is the recipe for our homemade barbecue sauce:

Ingredients

500ml tomato ketchup
250ml water
100ml apple cider vinegar
10 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp mustard
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Method

The thing we love about a lot of homemade sauces is that there is often very little to it, which certainly applies to this recipe. Simply add all the ingredients to a pan and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 75 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and decant into sterilised bottles.

We can heartily recommend this sauce poured liberally over all sorts of barbecued foods. It is brilliant with ribs, chicken drumsticks and lamb chops, and it will even spice up some barbecued vegetables for any vegetarian guests.

Our range of sauce bottles

Once you have been bitten by the sauce-making bug and discover just how easy it is, you will be itching to have a go at some more. Whether you fancy making your own salad cream, a delicious pasta sauce or a punchy chilli sauce, you will need plenty of bottles to store all that saucy goodness. If the hexagonal bottle is not your style, check out the other bottles in our range – we are sure to have something that appeals. With square bottles, round bottles, cylindrical bottles and bottles shaped just like the iconic Worcestershire sauce bottles and you-know-who’s salad cream bottles, we are confident that we have the right bottle for every project.

Are you planning a summer of barbecues? Let us know via social media, as we love to see your recipes and the ways you use our products.

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Kilner bottles for picnics

Kilner bottles for picnics 

The sun is finally shining and the nights have drawn out, which can only mean one thing – picnic time is here! Picnics are a peculiarly British phenomenon and summer just is not summer without a picnic in the countryside or on a sandy beach, with the sun shining down and delicious food and drink to enjoy in the great outdoors. We will, no doubt, have plenty of picnic recipes for you over the summer months, but in today’s blog post we are concentrating on some super-refreshing drinks to take with you on your picnics this year.

Drinks in Kilner bottles 

Picnic basket with fruits, flowers and water in the glass bottle

Kilner’s swing top bottles are perfect for recreating a vintage theme for your picnic and for serving delicious homemade drinks. Everyone loves homemade cloudy lemonade, of course, and you can spice it up a little by substituting some of the water in the recipe for pineapple juice.

There are so many other tempting drinks you can easily make to take on a picnic. Elderflowers are in bloom right now, so why not make some traditional elderflower cordial or a sparkling elderflower drink using fizzy mineral water or even champagne?

Another great recipe for swing top bottles is homemade dandelion and mandarin drink. Chop up some fresh dandelion leaves and remove the zest from two mandarin oranges. Squeeze the juice of the mandarins and the juice from two limes into a bowl and add the chopped dandelion leaves and a tablespoon of honey. Mix everything together well, then add one litre of sparkling mineral water. Decant into swing top bottles and serve the same day.

Our range of Kilner bottles

We stock quite an extensive range of swing top bottles, including a number of Kilner branded bottles. The coloured 250ml Kilner bottles are particularly popular, as they just ooze vintage charm and summer fun. They are available in pastel shades of blue, green and pink in addition to clear glass. Why not get a mixed set of colours to hand out at your next picnic or summer garden party?

Another cool bottle from the Kilner range is the 200ml handled bottle. Its vintage styling makes us think of period dramas, with the hero and heroine running through the meadows before tumbling to the ground for a refreshing drink. Perhaps we have a vivid imagination, but we are sure that you will enjoy these bottles just as much!

Be sure to send us photos of your picnics this summer, either via Twitter or Facebook.

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Recipe for a baking tin

Recipe for a baking tin 

We thought we would take a look at our range of baking tools in today’s blog post, particularly the various types of baking pans, tins and trays that we stock. If you are a keen amateur baking enthusiast, you will no doubt already know just how important the right tin is for your baking project, so read on to find out what we have to offer. We will also cover a great recipe to cook in a baking tin.

Cooking with baking tins 

various kitchen utensils on wooden table

There are so many different baking pans available, but we had to choose just one to feature today -the 12-hole deep baking pan. Here is a recipe for mini pork pies, which are great for summer picnics.

Ingredients

25g butter
600g pack shortcrust pastry
100g dried breadcrumbs
6 pork sausages
180g bacon lardons
1 egg, beaten
½ tsp mace
½ tsp sage
½ tsp ground black pepper
flour for dusting

Method

Heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 6. Place a thin strip of greaseproof paper across the centre of each hole in the muffin tin to help lift the pies out after cooking. Cut 12 10cm circles from the pastry and place in the baking pan, over the greaseproof paper.

In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, sausage meat (removing the skins), bacon, mace, pepper and sage. When all combined, divide the mixture equally into the pies.

For the pie lids, cut 12 7cm circles and brush with beaten egg before pressing down on the top of each pie. Brush the tops with beaten egg and place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes. Lift out of the tray using the paper strips and allow to cool. Serve with homemade chutney or piccalilli.

Our range of baking tins

The 12-hole deep baking pan is just one of the many baking tools we offer on our site. We stock quite an assortment of multi-hole baking pans, including mini muffin pans, brownie pans, madeleine and eclair pans, and good old-fashioned Yorkshire pudding pans. This is just the multi-hole pans! In other baking tools categories, we offer loaf pans, quiche and tart tins, loose base and spring form cake pans, sandwich pans, and all manner of unusually-shaped pans for special cakes and bakes. If you are feeling romantic, we even have a heart-shaped pan!

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Glass bottles for sale

Glass bottles for sale 

vegetable and fruit juice bottles isolated on white background

Most people know Wares of Knutsford as ‘the jam jar people’, and rightly so. We stock more types and sizes of jam jars than most of our competitors; however, this is not all we offer. Today we take a look at our huge range of glass bottles to showcase the enormous variety of bottles available and to give some ideas and inspiration for how to use them.

A huge range of glass bottles for sale

Whether you want to brew your own beer or wine, make refreshing lemonade or elderflower cordial, or have a go at homemade pasta sauce or tomato ketchup, we have just the right bottle for your project. Our range also covers bottles ideal for serving drinks, such as our vintage milk bottles that come with cute patterned lids and drinking straws. If you are into making your own homemade cosmetics, lotions and potions, we also stock a wide range of pharmacy bottles to give your projects an authentic, professional look.

Our swing top bottles are always popular, conjuring up memories of times gone by when out grandma made homemade lemonade or elderflower cordial. With homemade drinks such as these now enjoying a renaissance in popularity, swing top jars are very much back in fashion. As elderflowers are out now, why not go foraging and make your own delicious cordial?

Unusual glass bottles for sale

Brandy in a beautiful bottle in front of modern background

Whilst many of our bottles are regular in appearance, we also offer quite an array of unusual bottles for more creative projects – check out our Designer Bottles category online to find stylishly-shaped bottles for every conceivable project. The Sonata bottle has a wide, circular base and tapers up to a thick neck for a glamorous look, whilst the Nocturne bottle looks like something from an old apothecary’s dispensing cabinet!

If you are looking for unusual and interestingly-shaped bottles to use as wedding favours or to decorate the tables at your wedding reception, we have plenty to choose from. Our Gladstone bottles are one of our most popular lines and are often used to make wedding favours, holding homemade drinks such as rhubarb gin or peppermint vodka. Another bottle that is incredibly popular for wedding favours is our dinky heart-shaped bottle. This quirky little bottle holds 40ml and has a cute, old-fashioned swing top lid. Filled with a shot of something such as vodka or whisky, or perhaps tiny sweets such as midget gems or sherbet pips, these jars look sensational and provide a lasting memento for guests to take home.

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The world of small glass jars

The world of small glass jars 

Onion pineapple chutney on rustic wood.

Jars and bottles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and there is always a perfect jar or bottle for any project. In today’s post, we take a look at some of our small jars and share some ideas for how to use these jars for home preserves and gifts. Whilst some people believe that big is best, we like to champion the notion that small is beautiful. Read on to discover how our small jars can help you to create something delightful.

Small glass jars for home preserves

If you have a big batch of strawberries, you will probably choose 1lb jam jars to put your jam in; however, if you are making something a little more unusual or delicate, smaller jars are just the ticket. Lemon curd, for instance, does not keep for long and is best made in containers such as our 125ml Bonta jars or our 110ml deluxe food jars. Redcurrant jelly, chilli jam and homemade mint sauce also work best when stored in smaller jars. As garden mint is in season, why not make a batch this weekend?

Small glass jars for gifts

It is all too easy to fall into the trap of buying uninspired gifts for friends and family, especially if we lead busy lives with little time to go shopping. Most of us will admit to having received this kind of gift at some point or another, and we would much rather have received a small token gift. Homemade gifts are the perfect answer, as you can make them when you have the time and they are just enough to show that you care and have put some thought and effort into the gift.

Small glass jars are perfect for creating homemade gifts. Try making a miniature sewing kit, for example, including needles, thread and buttons. The 106ml globe jam jar would be ideal for this and you could even make a tiny pincushion to stick on the lid of the jar.

Another great idea for gifts is to buy some old-fashioned sweets, or even make them yourself, and pop these into some miniature jars. A set of three jars, each containing a different type of sweet, would look great, especially if you top them off with a pretty lid, a ribbon and a gift tag.

If you have some great ideas for using our smaller jars, drop us a line or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear from you.

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Cooking with pie dishes

Cooking with pie dishes 

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The humble pie dish is often fondly remembered from our grandma’s kitchen and the days when a hearty steak and kidney pudding or a beef and ale pie were firm favourites. Sticking to traditional pies is missing out on so much, however, as a pie dish can be used to cook all sorts of tasty meals.

Pie dishes to the rescue

Perhaps one of the most well-known alternative uses for a pie dish is to cook a pasta bake. There are all sorts of recipes for pasta bakes and experimentation is very much the order of the day, as pretty much anything goes. The concept is simple – just pan-fry your ingredients, cook your pasta, then throw everything into the dish and cover with a tasty sauce before popping in the oven for about 30 minutes. Whether you choose a tuna bake or go for chicken or a veggie option, nothing could be easier. Here is our recipe for a fabulous tuna and chorizo pasta bake:

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
100g chopped mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, crushed
180g tin of tuna, drained
100g cooking chorizo, chopped
300g dried pasta
mixed herbs
150g cheddar cheese

Method

– Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Fry the onion and garlic gently until soft. Add the chopped tomatoes and herbs and raise the heat. Once bubbling, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

– Cook the pasta, with a pinch of salt, until it is almost done.

– Add the tuna and the chorizo to the sauce, stirring gently. Add the drained pasta and mix thoroughly to ensure the pasta is coated.

– Transfer to a large pie dish and cover with grated cheese. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes until golden. Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Our range of pie dishes

Here at Wares, we stock a huge range of traditional pie dishes in both enamel and ceramic. Our enamel dishes, from legendary manufacturer Falcon, are available in a huge range of sizes and in round, square and oblong shapes. Our Mason Cash range of caneware dishes will be familiar to many, as the iconic styling has not changed much in over 100 years. These are available in round, oblong and the traditional oval shape, again in a variety of sizes.

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Camping with enamel plates and dishes

Camping with enamel plates and dishes 

Two enamel mugs of hot coffee in the park on yellow autumn leaves.

With June just around the corner and the weather warming up considerably with each passing week, the time has come to think about a weekend or two away. With so many amazing places to visit throughout the country, the ‘staycation’ is still very much a big thing and more people than ever are taking camping or glamping holidays in the UK. If you are thinking of getting the tent down from the loft and setting off for a night or two under the stars, read on to find out about our range of enamelware, which is just perfect for camping trips.

Enamel plates, dishes, mugs and pans

No matter how high tech the tent manufacturers try to be, it is a fact that camping is very much a low-tech affair that is all about going back to basics and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. With many of us having such fond memories of family camping holidays back in the 70s or 80s, the trend for nostalgic, vintage-inspired camping accessories is unsurprising. Our range of enamel dishes, plates, tea and coffee pots and mugs fits beautifully with this trend and is incredibly practical.

We have a fantastic selection of enamel plates that are ideal for camping. They are sold in sets of four and come in a range of shapes and sizes, including flat plates, rice plates and soup plates. The rice plates are a particularly great choice for camping, as the high sides of the plate help to keep the food where it should be if you are balancing the plate on your knees!

Not just enamel plates

In addition to plates, our enamelware range includes dishes in a variety of shapes and sizes and gorgeous teapots and coffee pots with mugs to match. The round enamel dishes are great for serving rice or pasta, while the traditional oblong dishes can be used to hold ribs or sausages fresh from the barbecue – and numerous other things.

For a real touch of camping style, check out the range of gorgeous tea and coffee pots – their vintage styling makes them so appealing. Just looking at them online makes you wish you were in a field somewhere, sitting in an old-fashioned deckchair with a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee, admiring the view or snoozing with a good book. Available in a range of chic colours, these pots and mugs are completely charming.

If you are going camping this summer, send us a photo via Twitter or Facebook of you enjoying your enamel dishes, plates and pots.

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The world of plastic jars

The world of plastic jars 

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Whether it is for food items, toys, stationery, toiletries, cosmetics or tools and small parts, you need plastic jars if you want to store items effectively. Plastic jars with lids are so versatile and handy that you will wonder how you ever managed without them. In today’s blog post, we look at some of the many benefits of plastic storage jars and highlight a few of the most popular jars in our range.

The benefits of plastic jars

One of the most obvious benefits of plastic containers and jars is that they are so durable. Drop them on the floor and they don’t break, bash them on the counter and they are unaffected – whatever punishment you throw at your plastic storage, it simply bounces back. This makes plastic the ideal choice for busy households with young children or pets – no matter how badly you treat these jars, they won’t break or wear out.

Another benefit of using plastic jars with lids around the home is that they are incredibly good value for money. It is easy to get everything tidy and organised for a minimal outlay; in addition, they will last for years.

Ease of storage is another advantage of using plastic containers and jars. You can’t safely store glass jars one on top of the other; however, this is perfectly possible with plastic containers, meaning that you can utilise your cupboard space to its full potential without worrying about spilled contents or broken glass.

Our range of plastic jars 

drawing pencils in glass jar on pastel background

We carry an extensive range of plastic containers and jars to suit every project. From tiny 200ml jars to supersized 4,430ml plastic PET jars, we are sure to have the right size and shape of plastic storage jar for your needs.

Many of the jars in our plastic range come with a choice of colourful lids, enabling you to add a splash of colour to your kitchen cupboards or bathroom shelves. The colours include black, white, red, green, blue, yellow and silver. It is up to you whether you choose to have all the lids the same colour or go for a mix and match approach, perhaps choosing different colours for different types of content.

Whether you choose to store food items such as biscuits, pasta and rice in the larger jars or go for small jars to store bits and bobs such sewing accessories, you are sure to find that plastic jars with lids are a convenient and economical solution to your storage needs.

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Glass cosmetic jars for homemade face cream

Glass cosmetic jars for homemade face cream

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If you have dry or sensitive skin, you have probably lost count of the various creams and moisturisers you have used over the years and the money you have spent on them. It can be incredibly hard for people with this skin type to find products that work and that don’t make things even worse – even high-end moisturisers and face creams from leading brands can be too harsh for many people and it becomes a long struggle to find something that lives up to its promises. If you recognise this problem, why not have a go at making your own face cream to be 100 per cent in control of what you put on your face?

Filling your own glass cosmetic jars

Making your own face creams is much easier than you might think and you only need a few simple ingredients that can be found readily in most health food shops or chemists. Here is a simple recipe for a dry skin face cream:

Ingredients

120ml olive oil
120ml coconut oil
60ml beeswax pellets (cosmetic grade)
6-10 drops essential oil of your choice

Method

– Put the olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl or jug and place this in a saucepan of water. Heat the pan very gently, stirring the mixture until it has melted and is fully mixed together.
– Pour away the hot water and add cold water to the pan. Place the bowl back in the pan of water so that the water cools the mixture quickly.
– Add your chosen essential oil to give the cream a pleasant scent.
– Use an electric whisk to whip the mixture into a thick and creamy moisturiser.
– Spoon the mixture into clean cosmetic jars and seal.

As this mixture is so rich and creamy, you only need a very small amount at a time and you need to rub it in well.

Glass cosmetic jars for a professional look 

Jar of white body care cosmetic cream, herbal oil extract bottle, fresh calendula flowers.

Although you have decided to experiment with homemade cosmetics, you still want them to look just as good as shop-bought ones; therefore, choosing the right cosmetic jars is essential. We have an extensive range of cosmetic jars here at Wares to suit all kinds of homemade projects. For the face cream in today’s post, we would recommend either the 100ml Laurence frosted jar or the 250ml clear glass cosmetic jar. The clear jar is simple but stylish, whilst the Laurence jar offers a sophisticated look that will not be out of place alongside all your brand-name cosmetics.

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Homemade milkshakes and smoothies for drinking jars

Homemade milkshakes and smoothies for drinking jars 

ice tea with slice of lemon in mason jar on the wooden rustic background

Milkshakes and smoothies have become big business in recent years, with specialist shake and smoothie bars springing up in towns and cities across the country to satisfy the growing demand for drinks that are as nutritious as they are delicious. Whilst it is fun to buy a superfood smoothie or a decadent milkshake from one of these outlets when you are out and about, you can easily make your own at home – with a little inspiration and creativity, you can rustle up your own fabulous recipes to tempt the whole family. Served in a stylish drinking jar, a homemade shake or smoothie will go down a storm at children’s parties, barbecues, or on summer picnics.

Smoothie made with powdered green tea (also known as matcha). Not only is this green smoothie delicious, it's also packed with antioxidants (thanks to the matcha powder). Healthy, refreshing and delicious, it's the perfect drink for those hot summer days.

A quirky milkshake recipe for drinking jars

When we think of milkshakes, we typically think of strawberry, chocolate or banana as flavours; however, there are so many other tasty ingredients you can add to milkshakes besides these usual suspects. Here is an idea you might not have come across before – orange milkshake!

Ingredients

5 scoops vanilla ice cream
75ml semi-skimmed milk
175ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp grated orange zest
4 thin slices of orange to decorate

Method

Use a blender to mix the ice cream, milk, orange juice and orange zest together until the mixture is thick, smooth and frothy. Pour into four 450ml drinking jars and top with a thin slice of orange. Chill in the fridge briefly before serving.

A delicious smoothie recipe for drinking jars

When it comes to smoothies, these are often seen as more of a nutritional choice than a sweet treat; however, there is no reason smoothie can’t be just as delicious as a milkshake. Here is a recipe for a healthy, superfood smoothie that is just bursting with vitamins, minerals and all-round goodness. You might pull at a face at the thought of spinach in this peach and fig smoothie, but trust us on this – you have to try it to see how good it is.

Ingredients

2 peaches, stones removed
5 figs
200g fresh spinach
250ml water

Method

Add the chopped peaches, spinach and water to a blender, along with the scooped-out flesh of the figs. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy, then pour into a drinking jar. This smoothie is more of a meal replacement than a treat and is great to use as part of a weight loss programme if you are aiming to lose a pound or two for the summer.

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Using glass jars for wedding displays

Using glass jars for wedding displays 

Delicious wedding sweets (multicolor table set)

With summer just around the corner, we are well and truly in wedding season and couples up and down the country are busy putting the finishing touches to their wedding preparations. Whether you are getting married in the next few months or your big day is still a long way off, we hope to inspire you in this post with creative ideas for wedding displays.

With many brides looking to make some of their wedding accessories, we hope to show that using jars for wedding displays is a cost-effective but super-stylish solution. When it comes to glass jars bulk buying is the answer; read on for creative ideas and suggestions for the perfect jars to use.

Flowers in glass jars

If you are planning a vintage or country garden theme for your wedding, displaying your flowers in glass jars will add a delightfully simple touch that will look stunning. If your ceremony is being held in an outdoor venue, try tying mason jars to the chairs at the end of each row and filling them with small handpicked posies. Follow this through for the reception by placing groups of three to five larger jars on each table and filling them with a bold and colourful array of fresh flowers. Think strong pink roses, with masses of fluffy gypsophila and lots of pale eucalyptus for foliage, or go for a much more vibrant look with bright red and orange gerberas; rich, dark dahlias; and punchy exotic foliage.

Candles and lights in glass jars 

Candles in jam jars make lovely wedding favours and decorations.

Another great idea is to use larger jars to hold candles, tea lights or strings of LED lights to add some gentle and romantic lighting to your wedding venue. Whether you choose tiny jars to hold tea lights or gallon jars to hold chunky pillar candles, the effect will be magical. Think carefully about how many jars you need to get the effect you are looking for, as skimping on the number of jars you use could reduce the impact significantly. If possible, have a practice in your garden or living room to see how much light is produced and the overall feeling when the jars are illuminated.

If you have made your decision and you are ready to buy your glass jars bulk packs are likely to be a good idea. There are significant savings to be had by choosing our larger pack sizes, so check out our bargain packs or call us for advice on the best value options to choose.

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Making Indian chutneys in hexagonal jars

Making Indian chutneys in hexagonal jars

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When we think of making a batch of chutney, most of us tend to stick to the tried and tested British recipes our grandmothers used to make, such as plum chutney or green tomato chutney; however, you can be much more adventurous when it comes to making chutney, as pretty much anything goes. In today’s post, we go back to chutney’s roots and look at two Indian recipes for chutneys that really pack a punch.

Our hexagonal jars

Before we start with our recipe ideas, we want to talk briefly about what kind of jars to use for your next batch. It can be a good idea to use a totally different style of jar for chutney than you would use for jam; in this way, you will know instantly which is which when you look in the cupboard. Our hexagonal glass jars are very popular and add a stylish touch to your home preserves. With a colourful label and a ribbon round the jar, your next batch of chutney will look fantastic.

Ready to fill those hexagonal jars?  

Tomato and chili sauce, jam, confiture in a glass jar on a grey stone background.

You have bought your hexagonal glass jars and sterilised them; now, it is time to crack on with some recipes. We are going to cover a great simple garlic chutney and a brinjal chutney.

Garlic chutney

Ingredients

350g garlic, peeled and crushed
350g grated coconut
125g sesame seeds
2 tbsp chilli powder
Pinch of salt

Method

– Roast the sesame seeds until golden brown.
– Mix the garlic and grated coconut thoroughly, then add the sesame seeds, chilli powder and salt and blend together in a blender
– Spoon the mixture into a jar and seal. This chutney will keep in the fridge for one to two weeks.

Brinjal chutney
Ingredients

2 medium-sized aubergines
6 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 bunch coriander
2 green chillies
30g fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp mustard oil
Pinch of salt

Method

– Chop the onion and coriander, both very finely. Remove the seeds from the chillies and chop very finely.
– Pierce six holes in the skin of the aubergines and wedge in the garlic cloves. Drizzle some oil over the aubergines and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes.
– Remove from the oven, peel off the skin, and place in a blender with the ginger.
– Blend to a smooth paste, then add the onion, coriander, chillies, salt and mustard oil.
– Mix well, spoon into the jars, and seal.

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Sweet jars for all

Sweet jars for all 

A jar full of colorful candies are spilled out onto a white background. A shallow depth of field was used and there is room for copy space on the left side.

For many of us, our earliest and fondest memories include eagerly visiting the local sweetshop, pocket money in hand, to deliberate over which sweets we would buy that week. The sweet shop owners must have been incredibly patient, as we all spent such a long time choosing exactly which penny chews, fizz bombs and gobstoppers to put in our small paper bags!

Sadly, sweet shops are few and far between nowadays, with most of us buy sweets for our children as part of the weekly supermarket shop. Whilst this does not have quite the magic of visiting an old-fashioned sweet shop, you can still make sweets special by storing them in glass sweet jars. One of the most popular jars in our range of glass sweet jars is the semi-round jar that can stand on its side or on its end. Filled with colourful sweets such as jelly babies or liquorice torpedoes, these jars are just so appealing.

Sweet jars as wedding favours

Sweets are not just for children, of course! Many adults love them too, with sweet-based wedding favours eternally popular. Whether you choose to offer a giant two-litre jar for guests to dip into or opt for individual 212ml Limoncello jars to give to each guest, you can guarantee that sweets will always go down well. The trend for all thing homemade is now spilling over into wedding arrangements, with many brides opting to make their own sweets to go in these glass sweet jars. Homemade fudge and toffee are simple but popular choices.

Sweet jars for household storage

With so many glass sweet jars to choose from, and also plastic ones, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can use them for besides storing sweets; for example, many of them are big enough to use for kitchen or bathroom storage. Line up a few of the semi-round jars on their sides on a kitchen shelf and fill them with pasta, rice and baking goods, such as dried fruit, demerara sugar or flour. They will look stylish, remind you what ingredients you have to hand, and inspire you to put on an apron and get baking.

Up in the bathroom, these jars look great lined up on the bathroom shelf, filled with items such as cotton wool balls, body scrubs and bath salts. Alternatively, why not make a mini terrarium using one of these jars and place it on the bathroom windowsill? The humidity of the bathroom will provide the ideal conditions for this small plant display, which will be a calming addition to any bathroom.

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When being a square jar is not square at all

When being a square jar is not square at all 

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If we were asked to draw a jam jar, almost all of us would draw a round jar. A quick glance in the jam aisle of the supermarket will confirm that we all love our round jam jars; however, food jars come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, with fashions dictating what is currently ‘on trend’ just like in the world of clothing or interiors. Today’s post covers square glass jars and explains why square is the new round when it comes to the kitchen.

Square jars are in

When Huey Lewis and the News sang Hip to Be Square back in 1986, we are fairly sure they were not talking about jam jars. Fast forward more than 30 years, however, and it is definitely hip to be square – at least when it comes to home preserves. Square jars are the latest new trend for the kitchen enthusiasts amongst you who like to follow fashion.

If you are short of larder space or you simply like seeing your home preserves lined up neatly on the shelves, square glass jars are ideal. Their straight sides mean they stack tightly against one another, enabling you to get more jars on each shelf and not waste any valuable space. Square food jars also look much neater and work brilliantly if your jars will be on display.

Our range of square jars

We have square jam jars in various sizes, including 130ml, 200ml and 293ml. With garden mint in season, why not make your own mint sauce using the smaller size of jar? Alternatively, a tangy chilli jam would look great in the 200ml jar.

In addition to square food jars, we offer some lovely square spice jars. These jars have clip top lids to seal in freshness and flavour, with the lids available in lime green, orange or red to add a splash of colour to your kitchen shelves.

If you are a fan of Kilner jars, you can still get in on the square trend – the iconic manufacturer has released a square clip top jar in 0.5-litre and 1.5-litre sizes. We think the larger jar would look fabulous filled with pickled onions or pickled eggs!

In addition to our glass jars, we offer plenty of square plastic jars and bottles. Sizes range from 500ml right up to a whopping 2,667ml, making these jars ideal for all sorts of kitchen storage.

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Bag a bargain with our bulk jam jars

Bag a bargain with our bulk jam jars 

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At Wares of Knutsford, we work extremely hard to offer our customers the very best value for money across our entire range of jars, bottles and home preserving equipment. As bargain hunters everywhere know all too well, one of the best ways of saving money is to buy in bulk, with buying jam jars in bulk no exception. In today’s post, we explain why our bulk buy packs make so much sense and outline some of the jars that are available in larger quantities.

Who buys bulk jam jars?

People come to us to buy jam jars in bulk for all sorts of reasons. Some simply love making jams, pickles and preserves, and complete their entire Christmas gift list by creating a whole range of homemade delights. With plenty of friends and family to make gifts for, buying half a dozen jars here and there simply won’t cut it. A bulk pack makes much more sense for this type of home preserves enthusiast.

Artisan producers also find our bulk packs really handy. Many small-scale producers want to make up samples before committing to a wholesale order, while others like the flexibility of being able to buy in bulk without needing to meet a minimum order value. For producers such as these, our bulk packs offer the ultimate flexibility.

If you are keen on making your own pickles and preserves but don’t want to make a huge quantity, there are still ways to save. Why not club together with friends and family members to buy a bulk pack or two and split them once they have been delivered? In this way, everyone gets the benefit of the super-low prices that buying in bulk offers.

Why buying bulk jam jars makes sense

The most obvious benefit of buying jam jars in bulk is, of course, the cost saving that can be made. With bulk packs containing 100, 200 or 300 jars, prices really start to tumble. Our classic 1lb jar is even available in a super-sized pack of 500 jars!

Another benefit is that your jars will be with you in a single delivery. We have all been in the situation where we are inspired to start a preserving project, only to realise that we are clean out of empty jars. By buying in bulk, you should always have plenty of jars in store whenever you get the urge, or the ingredients, to make something new.

Why not check out our bulk packs now to see how much you could save?

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