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An in-depth look at oil bottles

An in-depth look at oil bottles 

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Whenever we dine out on holiday, or even in a fancy restaurant in this country, most of us are impressed at how the various oils, vinegars and dressings are served. Somehow, Mediterranean countries in particular know just how much an infused oil or a carefully-prepared salad dressing can add to a meal. Often presented in delightfully-shaped oil and vinegar bottles, these extras can make an ordinary meal something to remember. All too often, however, we return home and forget all about these mouth-watering oils and vinegars. In today’s post, we take a look at our range of oil and vinegar bottles and offer some suggestions for creating your own homemade condiments.

An eclectic range of oil bottles

Our range of oil and vinegar bottles is comprehensive, with bottles available in sizes from 100ml up to one litre. We have bottles with screw caps, cork stoppers and pouring spouts, and in clear glass and green glass. Our vintage style oil bottle is easily the most popular oil bottle we stock and comes with three different lid styles: twist cap, screw cap, or Bakelite screw cap.

Different sorts of cooking oil isolated on white background

Our glass oil fusion bottle is perfect for oils such as chilli oil, which is often served in Italian restaurants on authentically-cooked pizzas. If you make your own pizza bases and toppings for family pizza nights at home, why not go one step further and make your own chilli oil to drizzle over your creations?

What to put in your oil bottles

If you have never made an infused oil or vinegar before, don’t panic. It is easier than you might think; in fact, infused oils and vinegars are some of the simplest home preserving projects you could imagine. Start with a basic infused olive oil by adding a large sprig or two of rosemary to some good-quality extra virgin olive oil. Fill one of our bottles with the oil, then feed the rosemary into the bottle carefully and seal. Leave the bottle for a month or so before using to allow time for the rosemary flavour to infuse well.

Infused vinegar is just as easy to make and can add a real zing to fresh salads. Try a garlic and herb infused vinegar for a fresh and tasty dressing, or fennel and star anise for something a little more ambitious. Flavours such as these are guaranteed to taste sensational and to draw admiring comments from your dinner guests, who will assume you have been shopping in some high-end delicatessen. When you reveal you have made them yourself, your guests will be even more impressed!

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Kilner bottles

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If you asked just about anyone what Kilner was famous for, they would say jam jars. They would be right with this answer, of course, with the iconic clip top and screw top preserving jars made by Kilner well known throughout the world. The company offers far more than these jars, however, and in today’s post we will be looking at Kilner’s range of glass bottles and at some foodie and craft ideas for how to use them.

Kilner bottles with clip tops 

Kilner’s range of clip top bottles are just the thing for old-fashioned homemade cordials and soft drinks. Their vintage shapes and nostalgic swing tops are just made for homemade lemonade or elderflower cordial. With elderflower season just around the corner, now is the time to stock up on these bottles if you fancy making some cordials this year, just like your grandmother used to make.

These clip top glass bottles come in a range of sizes, from 250ml right up to one litre. The smaller bottles are perfect for serving refreshing individual drinks on a picnic, or a day at the beach, whilst the one-litre bottles are great for bottling cordials and infusions. Whilst elderflower cordial might be the one everyone thinks of when it comes to making homemade drinks, there are plenty of other flavours to choose from; for example, why not try raspberry, rhubarb, rosehip or blackcurrant?

Kilner bottles with lids and corks

In addition to the familiar clip top bottles, Kilner produces a variety of other styles of bottle, each with its own unique identity but still true to the Kilner look and feel. From vintage-inspired milk bottles in one-pint and ‘infant school’ sizes to bottles perfect for salad dressings and oils, there is a bottle for every project.

The mini milk bottles are great for serving cream-based liqueurs at a party; in addition, they make great craft accessories. Try filling them with coloured sand or seashells for an instant ornament that will look cute and fresh on a bathroom shelf, for example.

If you are keen on home preserving but have already made enough jam and chutney to feed an army, why not have a go at making your own infused oils and salad dressings? You can create the same great taste and visual impact as those expensive shop-bought oils and dressings for a fraction of the cost and with all the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself using only the freshest ingredients. Try adding herbs from your garden to some good-quality olive oil; alternatively, for something a little more powerful, add chilli flakes.

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Gorgeous glass bottles to give as gifts

Gorgeous glass bottles to give as gifts 

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Were you one of the many people who resolved to make more homemade gifts this year? Are you wondering how the end of February has arrived already and you still have not made a start on this resolution? Fear not, because today we are going to offer some inspiration for creative homemade gifts using some of our more unusual bottles. From gifts for food-lovers to pampering presents, we hope will be able to kick-start your resolution and help you to make some wonderful gifts.

Glass bottles for foodie gifts

The Triple Bottle is one of the most unusual items in our range – three bottles that stack cleverly on top of one another. This is perfect for gift making, as you can fill each bottle with something different – preferably in a different colour – to build a gift that looks stunning and offers three different foodie treats. Try one bottle with sloe gin, one with rhubarb gin and one with stinging nettle gin for something intriguing and delicious. This would give one ruby bottle, one deep green bottle and one dusty pink bottle – who wouldn’t be delighted to receive such a quirky gift?

A Nocturne or Howarth glass bottle would also make a fabulous gift filled with something tempting. Apple and cinnamon whisky is a delight, and so easy to make. Simply add two sliced apples, two sticks of cinnamon and a vanilla pod to 750ml whisky in a large bottle or jar. Turn it every day for a month or so and then decant into our decorative bottles. Add a label and gift tag and you have a fine-looking gift ready to present to friends or family.

Glass bottles for other gifts

If you want to give a gift that is not food or alcohol, our bottle range is still worth a good look, as we have a bottle to suit every purpose. The Sonata bottle is so elegant, with its flared base and narrow neck, looking for all the world like a dancing lady. Filled with simple homemade bath oils in a range of colours, three of these would look heavenly and very luxurious.

Filling a bottle with pretty items from the great outdoors can make a lovely indoor decoration. Try filling a Nocturne glass with tiny pebbles, seashells or dried petals for a pretty and effective ornament.

There are so many things you can do with a glass bottle to turn it into a smart and unusual gift. With a little imagination, your homemade gift-giving resolution will be in full swing before you know it!

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Miniature Bottles For Wedding Favours!

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Our best seller “Gladstone Bottle” ideal for wedding favours.

Miniature bottles for wedding favours

 Spring is just around the corner, and love is in the air. It might seem cold and miserable outside right now, but we are fast approaching the spring wedding season. If you are planning to get married this spring or at Easter and have not yet decided on your wedding favours, read on for some inspiring ideas on using some of our small bottles.

Miniature bottles and wedding favour ideas

 We stock a comprehensive range of small bottles to suit all sorts of drinks and ideas, and our most popular miniature bottle is the 50ml Gladstone bottle with corks. We never cease to be amazed at the creativity of our wedding couples, who keep coming up with novel and exciting ways to use these bottles as wedding favours.

 Damson gin and sloe gin are firm favourites with wedding couples, whilst others have gone for a cocktail theme, creating individual margaritas or pina coladas in these charming little bottles. Topped off with a cute label and a drinking straw, they are bound to impress wedding guests no matter what style of wedding you are planning.

 We have also seen our Gladstone bottles used for non-drinks wedding favours. From a single dried rose in each bottle to a sprinkling of scented petals, flowers work well as favours and add a romantic and whimsical touch to wedding tables. Candles, sweets and herbs have also been used to create unique and highly-personalised wedding favours in these bottles.

 Miniature bottles for infused spirits

 Another favourite in our range of small bottles is our miniature whisky bottles. Particularly popular with Scottish couples, these miniature whisky bottles are filled with the bride and groom’s favourite tipple, often topped off with a tartan-themed label or tag or a Scottish thistle. From popular mainstream brands to tiny, off-the-beaten-track distilleries from the Highlands and Islands, our wedding couples take a lot of time and care in choosing the right whisky and the right bottles for their wedding favours.

 Couples who are looking for a homemade twist often choose to infuse their spirits before bottling them in our miniature bottles. From apple-infused brandy to spiced bourbon or homemade cream liqueurs, it is easy to get creative with spirits and give your wedding favours a unique twist and something of a kick at the same time!

 Many of our small bottles are available in bulk packs, with the Gladstone and whisky bottles both available in bumper packs of 130 bottles. These packs represent very good value for money, meaning there is no need to worry about blowing the wedding budget.

 

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Milk Bottle Surprises

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Milk bottles containing various flavoured milks.

Milk bottle surprises

 The days of the friendly milkman delivering fresh milk to the door in glass bottles each day are sadly long gone; however, if the thought of the old-fashioned glass milk bottle makes you feel nostalgic, you are in for a treat. Traditional milk bottles are still available to use at home for everything from homemade drinks to craft projects and here we look at some inspiring milk bottle ideas.

 Milk bottles in a range of sizes

 Back in the days of the electric milk float, bottles typically came in two sizes – the smaller size that schoolchildren were given each day and the standard pint bottle. Nowadays, whilst your daily pint typically comes in a plastic carton from the supermarket, it is still possible to source bottles for home projects and these come in a wider range of sizes. The smallest bottle is a dinky 60ml bottle, then come bottles in 250ml and 330ml sizes. Next up is the 500ml size and finally the one-litre bottle. With so many sizes available, there really is a bottle to suit whatever creative idea you come up with.

 Getting creative with milk bottles

 If you have fallen in love with the idea of using a glass milk bottle or two for your projects, here are some fun ideas to spark your imagination. The mini bottles, at 60ml, are perfect for serving individual shots of homemade drinks, such as coffee or chocolate liqueurs. Topped off with a pretty tag, these could work well as stylish wedding favours.

 The 250ml and 330ml sizes are perfect for craft projects. Try painting a set of three bottles with some of the pretty chalk paints that are so fashionable these days to create a unique set of small vases. Place a single bright flower, such as a gerbera, in each bottle for a pretty display that really delivers in the style stakes, or perhaps a sprig of foliage.

 Another cool idea is to get hold of some ‘sea glass’ paint from a craft store. This clever spray-on paint gives the effect of glass that has been weathered to a semi-translucent finish by the sea. In no time at all, you can create bottles that genuinely look like they have been washed ashore. Bottles given this treatment would be perfect for a romantic ‘message in a bottle’ craft project and could even make a truly unique Valentine’s Day gift!

 Of course, a milk bottle is also perfect for serving milk-based drinks. Why not make your own fabulous milkshakes for party treats or just for a fun project with the children?

 

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CREATIVE WAYS WITH SWING TOP BOTTLES

 SWING TOP BOTTLES

Swing top bottles have been around for generations and often bring back fond memories of homemade lemonade and ginger beer, drunk on summer days in the garden or on family picnics at the beach or in the countryside. These swing top glass bottles are still going strong, with Kilner offering an extensive range of swing top bottles to suit all sorts of drinks and other tasty treats.

 Kilner bottles in all shapes and sizes

 In addition to clip top jars, Kilner produces a good range of swing top bottles in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. From the tiny 70ml bottle suitable for small gifts or wedding favours to the giant one-litre bottles that could hold a fizzy wine or carbonated drink, such as elderflower champagne, there really is a bottle to suit every application.

 Kilner has also introduced a range of coloured swing top glass bottles. In addition to clear glass, certain sizes of these Kilner bottles are available in pastel blue, pink or green. These vintage colours are available in the 250ml bottles and the one-litre bottles.

 Drinks ideas for Kilner bottles

 There are all sorts of homemade drinks that would work well in a swing top bottle. Elderflower cordial and elderflower champagne are obvious choices, but you could also try making your own ginger beer, dandelion and burdock, or cream soda. Don’t forget everyone’s favourite – homemade lemonade.   We always recommend our deluxe range of swing top bottles as being suitable for carbonated drinks.   They are made from heavyweight glass and have a stronger mechanism.

 In addition to making drinks to go in these lovely bottles, there are all sorts of delicious vinegars and infused oils that would also work brilliantly. Homemade raspberry vinegar is a delight drizzled over salad leaves and is also sublime used as a dressing for desserts; for example, try pouring it over creamy vanilla ice cream or even on a sweet suet pudding.

 Whilst raspberry vinegar is perhaps the most famous fruit vinegar, you can make vinegars using other fruits. Blackberries work well, as do blackcurrants and redcurrants. Try blackberry vinegar drizzled over melted goat’s cheese on toast for a simple supper to really tickles those taste buds. Just as with vinegars, infused oils work well in swing top bottles and look very sophisticated on the dining table. Try chilli-infused oil or rosemary oil for something quite unique and flavoursome.

 Whether you fancy a go at homemade carbonated drinks or something a little more unusual, such as a fruit vinegar, Kilner’s swing top bottles are the perfect storage solution and will make your homemade creations look highly professional.

 

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Miniature whisky bottles – making infused whisky

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Mini whisky bottles ideal for favours and small gifts.

Miniature whisky bottles – making infused whisky

 The trend for infused spirits has gone from strength to strength recently. Just a few short years ago, the only infusion that most people attempted was sloe gin; today, the boutique gin industry is booming. In addition, amateur enthusiasts are no longer sticking to gin; instead, they are creating inventive and delicious infusions using every sort of spirit imaginable. In today’s post, we look at making infused whisky, which is perfect for giving as a gift or using as a unique wedding favour idea.

 Mini whisky bottles as gifts

 If you plan to give your whisky infusions as gifts to friends and family, it would work out very expensive if you used full-sized bottles. Our mini whisky bottles solve the problem perfectly – simply make your infusion in a full-sized bottle and decant it into these mini whisky bottles when it is ready. You can even experiment with a few different whisky infusions to make a gift of three or four miniature bottles filled with different flavours.

 For a festive-inspired whisky treat, choose orange and vanilla to infuse your whisky. Peel two oranges, making sure to remove the white pith. Thinly slice the peel and add it to the whisky along with two vanilla pods, sliced lengthways. Leave the bottle for at least two weeks for the infusion to work its magic, then decant into mini whisky bottles and decorate with a label and ribbon.

 If you love nuts, try pecan-infused whisky. Add about 200g pecan nuts to 500ml whisky and leave for at least a week. Strain the whisky into new bottles once it has had time to infuse.

 Coffee-infused whisky is another great idea that is really simple to make. Choose top-quality coffee beans and smash them up slightly before adding to the whisky and pop a vanilla pod in to enhance the flavour. After two to three weeks, try the infusion to see whether it has reached a taste level that you are happy with. If it has, strain it into new bottles and impress your friends and family with this luxurious and professional-tasting treat.

 Wedding favours in miniature whisky bottles

 Infused whisky is also hugely popular as a sophisticated and grown-up wedding favour idea. If the wedding is a summer one, using cherries or peaches to infuse the whisky is a great idea. A miniature bottle at every place setting at the wedding reception will impress guests and show off your creativity. With wedding favours such as these, your guests will be delighted to toast the happy couple!

 

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Creative recipes to serve in milk bottles

Creative recipes to serve in milk bottles

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Who remembers the days when milk was delivered to your door in glass bottles? We would hear the whirr of the electric milk float as it trundled along the street and the clink of the bottles as the milkman delivered to each house. On a cold winter’s morning, the milk would sometimes freeze, pushing off the foil cap. For most people, those days have long gone; however, milk bottles are having something of a renaissance and are this year’s must-have container for serving fancy drinks. Here we look at some ideas for using a glass milk bottle to serve delicious drinks.

Alcoholic drinks in milk bottles

With Christmas fast approaching, it is well and truly party season, which means it is time to think of some creative cocktails to offer your guests. Any cocktail will work brilliantly served in a glass milk bottle, but milk-based drinks look particularly fabulous served this way. Here is a recipe for a warming Christmas cocktail that will work perfectly in a couple of our 250ml bottles:

Coconut Christmas cocktail

Ingredients

100ml vodka

140ml coconut milk or cream

1tsp vanilla extract

1tbsp creme de cacao

½tsp grated nutmeg

Method

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a jug. Pop a couple of ice cubes into each milk bottle, then pour the cocktail mix over the ice cubes. Serve with a straw.

Non-alcoholic drinks in milk bottles

If a drop of the strong stuff is not for you, there are plenty of non-alcoholic creations that work brilliantly in these bottles. Why not make a delicious fruit smoothie in one of our one-litre bottles and store it in the fridge to drink throughout the day? Try a coconut and red berry smoothie; alternatively, for something a little more exotic, blend banana, avocado, fresh figs and pistachios with a little milk or water for a rich, slightly tropical taste.

For a more indulgent smoothie that is part drink, part dessert, try a chocolate banana smoothie. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

1 cup milk or coconut milk

1 banana

1tbsp cocoa powder

1tsp cinnamon

2tbsp honey

Method

Blend all the ingredients together to form a thick, smooth mixture. Pour into a 250ml milk bottle and chill in the fridge. Serve as soon as the mixture is fully chilled.

As you can see, these bottles can be used to serve all sorts of delicious drinks. For thick, creamy drinks, you can sip straight from the bottle; for other drinks, adding a straw is a nice touch. If you are making larger quantities, our one-litre bottles with screw-on lids are just the thing.

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Milk bottles are trending

Milk bottles are trending

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Everyone of a certain age feels a little nostalgia for those old-school milk bottles that were handed out every day in infant school. Some loved the daily drink of slightly warm milk, while others loathed it; however, thinking back to those days tends to stir up fond memories of childhood for everyone. The good news is that vintage-inspired milk bottles are in fashion right now and are being used for everything from crafts to chic drinking vessels. In today’s post, we take a look at some clever ideas for using these cute glass milk bottles.

Craft ideas using glass milk bottles

We have recently seen some very cute Christmas craft ideas using dinky glass milk bottles. Try painting the insides of the bottles white and adding sprigs of holly with berries to the bottles. Decorated with ribbons and grouped in threes, these make simple but effective Christmas decorations.

Another great idea is to again paint the insides of the vases but this time use decoupage to decorate the outside. Once complete, these bottles make gorgeous vases for a single flower stem or perhaps a small posy of wild flowers.

Small milk bottles also make lovely containers for gifts. Fill these bottles with sweets, homemade bath salts or dried herbs, such as lavender or rosemary, for a simple gift that looks right on trend.

Party serving ideas using glass milk bottles

These cute little bottles are not just for crafts. Just as Mason jars have become very popular as drinking jars, the humble milk bottle has also had a new lease of life as a drinking vessel. We have some great bottles with polka dot lids and colour-matched drinking straws that are perfect for parties – children and adults alike love them! These bottles are even available in a set of four, all neatly contained in a cute metal milk bottle holder just like in the old days.

Using these small milk bottles would work brilliantly at a wedding reception, either to hold wedding favours or to serve a toast of elderflower champagne, for example. If you are holding a grown-up party, they would also suit cocktails or liqueurs, especially if these drinks were milk or cream based.

Try a homemade milk liqueur using milk, vodka, oranges and a lemon for something quite out of the ordinary! A homemade Irish cream liqueur is also easy to make using whiskey, condensed milk, coffee, vanilla extract and almond extract. This could become a firm favourite at Christmas parties this year and it is a great excuse for ordering some of our cute milk bottles.

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Creative gift ideas using glass bottles with corks

Creative gift ideas using glass bottles with corksgladstone with sloe gin

The year is creeping on and whilst we don’t want to mention the Christmas word too soon, it really is time to start thinking about gift-giving – especially if you plan to give homemade gifts. This type of gift needs time to plan and create, so why not start right now?

Using glass bottles with corks

The brilliant thing about creating infused spirits such as sloe gin, rhubarb gin or plum vodka is that they take very little time to make; in fact, they must be one of the easiest home preserving things you can create. Just add your chosen fruit and sugar to the tipple of your choice and pop it into a dark cupboard for a couple of months, shaking occasionally. You need to follow a recipe, of course, to ensure that your end product is not too syrupy, but there really isn’t much more to it.

It can be a good idea to use a larger bottle for the infusing and then decant the finished spirit into smaller bottles for gift giving. Our 700ml Howarth glass bottle will make your creation look every inch as if it has come from a boutique distillery; alternatively, if you would like to give smaller bottles, the Howarth is also available in a 250ml size.

Crafty gifts in glass bottles with corks

It is not just drinks-based gifts that you can create using small bottles with cork stoppers. There are endless craft ideas that you can try out using our range of corked bottles; for example, our chunky Gladstone bottles would look fabulous filled with homemade bath salts.

Needle felting is so easy to get the hang of, with tiny needle felted scenes looking superb when set carefully in a glass bottle. We have seen gorgeous examples with needle felted sheep grazing on a lush green hillside as soft, wispy clouds roll overhead. Use long tweezers to glue your needle felted items into position. When you are happy, seal the bottle with the cork and you are good to go with a personal gift that shows you have really taken time over it.

Another great idea for small bottles with cork stoppers is to make a tiny snow globe. Check online for tutorials on how to do this and then let your imagination loose to decide what to add into your snow globe. The only problem with this idea is that you might find the finished item is just too cute to give away!

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Homemade liqueurs in bottles with corks

Tall Bottles with Corks

Tall Bottles with Corks

Homemade liqueurs in bottles with corks

It is always nice to give beautiful gifts at Christmas time, especially if these gifts have been lovingly handmade and presented in the best possible way. Just because a gift is homemade, there is no reason to think that it can’t look every inch as elegant and sophisticated as its shop-bought equivalent. Here we take a look at how to create some luxury Christmas gifts in the shape of homemade liqueurs.

When it comes to making homemade liqueurs, nothing could be easier. Spiced rum infused with cinnamon, star anise, orange and allspice is a very festive treat and will undoubtedly be warmly received by the recipient. Vodka and gin can be infused with hedgerow berries, such as blackberries, sloes or crab apples, and are so easy to make – just find a recipe online or simply adapt a basic sloe gin recipe and experiment. Other indulgent liqueurs you can make yourself include homemade amaretto, cherry brandy or coffee liqueurs. If you have pumpkin flesh to use up, why not try a spiced pumpkin infused rum liqueur for something out of the ordinary?

Whatever liqueurs you choose to create, the secret to the overall luxury effect is in the presentation. Choose your glass bottles wisely to ensure they add to the sense of luxury and elegance.

Small bottles with corks

Our 250ml Nocturne glass bottle is stylishly shaped and the perfect size for making a set ofthree smaller liqueurs to give as a gift set. Try a gin, vodka and brandy trio and present them in one of our decorative gift bags or boxes, trimmed with ribbon and topped off with a beautiful Christmas label. Alternatively, the 750ml Triple Bottle in One is a unique way to present three different liqueurs, with three glass bottles stacking one on top of the other. With different coloured liqueurs in each bottle, this would certainly make an eye-catching gift.

Larger bottles with corks

If you would prefer to use a full-sized glass bottle for your gifts, we have plenty from which to choose. The 700ml Howarth bottle looks just like the glass bottles favoured by many boutique gin producers. Try bottling your own rhubarb and ginger gin in one of these bottles to get the exact look the professionals strive for. Fans of the Kilner brand will also be pleased to learn that there is a Kilner spirit bottle in the range, which holds a respectable 700ml. A homemade berry liqueur would look fabulous in this bottle, trimmed with ribbon and sporting a festive gift tag.

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Swing top bottles for carbonated drinks

Swing top bottles for carbonated drinks

Homemade ginger ale

We all get a craving for a delicious, chilled fizzy drink now and again. Children especially love a ‘fizzy pop’ drink and it can be quite a challenge to steer them away from regular, processed fizzy drinks. Making your own carbonated drinks could be the answer, as you are in control of both the ingredients and the sugar content. By making up a batch of homemade fizzy drinks, you will have a thirst-quenching bottle of something tasty to hand whenever the mood takes you.

Glass bottles for carbonated drinks

Before we get down to some recipe ideas, it is important to consider the bottles you are going to use for your fizzy drinks. Our range of swing top bottles is perfect for fizzy drinks, providing a strong and lasting seal to keep all those bubbles locked in. The range covers bottles in all shapes and sizes, from 250ml individual sized bottles right up to one-litre bottles for larger quantities. Some of our favourites are the Kilner swing top bottles, which are available in a range of pastel colours.

Glass bottles for that nostalgic feeling

Apart from their functional qualities, swing top bottles really look the part and evoke a certain nostalgia for times gone by when traditional homemade sodas and pops were still available to buy locally. Traditional lemonades, dandelion and burdock and cream sodas were all tasty treats that every member of the family looked forward to. If you are planning a party, making a variety of old-fashioned carbonated drinks will provide a delightful touch for guests who do not want an alcoholic drink.

Homemade ginger ale

If all this talk of fizzy drinks has whetted your appetite for creating your own, why not have a go at this simple ginger ale recipe?

Ingredients

100g sugar
2 tbsp grated ginger
juice of 1 lemon
¼ tsp baker’s yeast
2 litres cold mineral water

Method

1. Add all the ingredients to a two-litre plastic bottle and half fill with water. Screw on the cap and shake the bottle well to ensure the ingredients have mixed well. Add the rest of the water and shake again.

2. Transfer the mixture to glass bottles and seal. Store the drink in a warm place for two days to allow fermentation. After this time, move to the fridge to stop the fermentation process.

3. When you are ready to drink the ginger ale, open the bottle over the sink in case of excess fizziness!

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How to Bottle Vegetables

How to Bottle Vegetables

Winter stores, vegetables in jars

If you grow your own vegetables, it is almost inevitable that you will have a glut of produce at some point. If you have already made enough chutney to last several years and your freezer is full to overflowing, it is time to start thinking about preserving some of your vegetable bounty in canning jars ready for the long winter months ahead.

Using preserving jars to bottle food

Vegetables have a much lower acid content than most fruits and therefore require a little more effort to bottle successfully. Whilst you can bottle fruits by immersing the filled canning jars in boiling water and simmering for a specified time, this process is not suitable for vegetables; instead, a pressure canner is needed to ensure that all the bacteria is killed during the canning process.

Kilner jars, or similar, are ideal for bottling vegetables, as they form an airtight seal when used correctly to prevent any bacteria entering the jar and spoiling the contents.

Filling the preserving jars

Some vegetables work better when bottled than others and it pays to experiment with small batches to find what works best. Some good candidates for bottling include broad beans, runner beans and French beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers and asparagus.

Vegetables should be preserved in a brine solution, which can be made by adding 150gm salt to one litre of water. All canning jars should be cleaned and then sterilised in boiling water for 10 minutes before use. Make sure that you only use the best quality vegetables and discard any with blemishes or other damage. Cut the vegetables into suitably-sized pieces and blanch them in boiling water. With the preserving jars still hot, pack the vegetables in, cover with the boiling brine solution and put the lids loosely onto the jars.

Following the instructions for your particular pressure canner, place the jars into the canner and add water. Put the lid on the pressure canner, with the steam vent open. When steam has been coming out of the vent consistently for several minutes, set the pressure and keep on the heat for the required time. The manual for your own particular pressure cooker will tell you the length of time you need; however, as a general guideline, here are some times for commonly canned vegetables:

Asparagus: 35 minutes.
Peas: 45 minutes.
Peppers: 40 minutes.
Tomatoes: 20 minutes.

After pressure cooking, remove from the heat and allow to cool completely until the pressure dial is showing zero. Remove the jars and check that a vacuum seal has formed on each jar. Store the finished product in a cool cupboard.

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How to make elderberry wine

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Early autumn in the UK is when Mother Nature hands out many free gifts. From the ubiquitous blackberry to less commonly used fruits such as rowan berries, crab apples and rosehips, there is plenty available for the keen forager and home preserver. Elder is a plant that keeps on giving, producing elderflowers for cordial in the springtime and – if you didn’t strip the tree of flowers at that point – elderberries in early autumn. One of the most popular uses for elderberries is to make wine. Read our elderberry wine recipe below to discover just how easy it is to make.

Equipment needed for elderberry wine

To make any kind of homemade wine, there are a few pieces of equipment that you will need. These include a fermentation bucket, clean demijohns, airlocks with stoppers, a funnel, a siphon hose, sterilising tablets and, of course, some wine bottles and stoppers or corks.

It is vital for homemade wine that everything is cleaned and sterilised meticulously in advance. Start by cleaning any visible signs of dirt or dust from all the equipment. You can only sterilise effectively, once you have cleaned your equipment thoroughly. Campden tablets are used for the sterilisation stage and these are widely available.

Elderberry wine recipe

Once you have gathered the ripe elderberries, strip them off their stems using a fork. Rinse them to remove anything unwanted, weigh them and put them in a pan. Mash them up a little using a potato masher or a clean bottle, cover the berries with water and bring to the boil. Let them simmer for 20-30 minutes and then add sugar equal to the weight of the berries, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Allow to cool and then transfer the mixture to the sterilised fermenting bucket. Add additional water – around one gallon for every 3lb of fruit. Stir in a packet of red wine yeast, a pack of yeast nutrient and a small amount of lemon juice. Mix everything well and leave to ferment for one week.

When fermented, strain the berries and pour the juice into sterilised demijohns. Add airlocks and store in a warm, dark place.

Check the wine regularly. After about six weeks, rack it to remove the sediment and store again, this time somewhere cooler. Taste the wine at this stage; if necessary, add a little extra sugar.

After another couple of weeks, rack the wine into bottles and store. It should be ready to drink in six months but can be stored for much longer.

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Make your own wedding favours

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If you are planning to get married sometime soon, the chances are that you are already busy sorting out all the details that make the big day special. Weddings can be extraordinarily expensive and many brides are looking for a highly-personalised theme for their wedding. With sites such as Pinterest offering endless inspiration for themes and details alike, savvy brides are creating unique themes and saving money at the same time by styling their own weddings and creating all the personal touches and details themselves.

Wedding favours

One easy way to put your own stamp on the design details at your wedding is to make your own wedding favours. These are small gifts given by the bride and groom as a gesture of gratitude to those attending the wedding. Traditionally, five sugared almonds were given to symbolise longevity, fertility, health, wealth and happiness; in recent times, sugared almonds have perhaps been seen as a little dated, with couples looking for ever more creative ideas for their own favours.

Ideas for wedding favours

We stock a huge range of miniature jars, boxes and bottles that are absolutely perfect for making favours. Fill our 45ml hexagonal jam jars with sweets or nuts, or pop a personalised gift into one of our decorative favour boxes. If you are feeling adventurous, why not make your own infused oils and vinegars and present these to guests in our 40ml glass Esmeralda bottles?

We have seen a whole host of amazingly creative ideas for favours from the brides who come to us for supplies. One bride and groom baked colourful miniature macarons and presented them beautifully in our dinky glass sweet jars, whilst another couple used our simple linen pouches to hold wildflower seeds for an environmentally-conscious and memorable favour.

Chocolates, pralines and fudge are all firm favourites and look gorgeously tempting in our glass sweet jars or miniature Kilner jam jars. Fudge especially is easy to make and can be personalised by using a cookie cutter to create adorable heart shapes, for example. Homemade fortune cookies are also popular and these work well with our favour boxes, which are available in a range of different colours and designs.

Another great idea that we saw recently used homemade elderflower champagne bottled in our heart design miniature swing top bottles. If you fancy a stronger tipple, why not make homemade sloe gin or blackberry vodka and present it in our miniature spirit bottles?

Whatever creative idea you settle on, you are sure to find the perfect jar, box or bottle for your own unique favours here at Wares of Knutsford.

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Bottles for Making Sauces

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You can’t beat home made sauces for adding the finishing touch to a meal. Whether you plan to give your sauce as a gift or scoff it all yourself, take at look at out bottles for sauces to give a professional look to your home made goodies.

Salad cream sauce bottles

Home made salad cream is really easy and absolutely ruins you for the shop bought stuff! We stock a number of sauce bottles which are ideal for salad cream, including the appropriately named salad cream bottle. This 270ml clear glass bottle comes with the traditional gently sloping shape and a screw top lid in a choice of red or silver. It can be bought singly or in packs of 12, 24 or 36. There’s also a 250ml round sauce bottle or the 250ml Tiptree deluxe sauce bottle which would both perform very well for this job, or a number of square bottles for a modern looking salad cream.

Worcester sauce bottles

Home made Worcester sauce takes a while, involving a certain amount of labour, a fermentation period and an interesting ingredients list. However it again far outshines its shop bought counterpart. Worcester sauce bottles are available in 150ml and 300ml sizes with a plain black screw top or the traditional lid and sprinkler plug arrangement. They are available in packs of six, 12, 24 and 36. Of course you don’t have to restrict them to Worcester sauce as they are ideal for any condiments, with the sprinkler top allowing for easy pouring.

Other bottles for sauce

Once you have started making your own sauces, it’s hard to stop – tomato ketchup, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise! They’re all better when made by your own fair hand and make lovely gifts. Our Frantorini and hexagonal bottles look sophisticated, while the cylindrical or round sauce bottles look chic and smart. Again all are available in different pack sizes, and the more you buy, the cheaper they get!

If you’re making sauces in bulk, consider our 192 bottle bargain packs, which offer significant savings over the usual price. Even if you don’t plan to use that many bottles yourself, the bargain packs are ideal for small businesses or groups of friends who want to get together to enjoy cost savings. If your requirements are more complicated, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss a price for a custom mixed pack. This is a service we have been offering to clients for a number of years if the standard packs don’t fit their needs.

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Jars and Bottles Posted Worldwide

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Wares of Knutsford loves to promote traditional British values and products but is happy to accept that preserving goes on outside the UK! Shopping at our online store is not limited to UK customers, as we post our jars and bottles worldwide. If you live abroad, you can then embark upon a preserving adventure with some more exotic fare – paraguayo or nispero jam in Spain, or Moroccan preserved lemons, for example!

Delivery costs to send bottles and jars worldwide

While Wares of Knutsford cannot apply the same flat rate postage charge when delivering bottles and jars worldwide as we do in the UK, we do our best to keep international delivery charges fair and affordable so that customers can enjoy our products all over the world. Products are dispatched using our Couriers DPD with the DPD Classic Service, with charges starting at £12.00 for large boxes weighing up to 20 kilos.

Delivery charges are separated into zones for European destinations, with zone 1 including Belgium, France and Germany, and zone 2 including Switzerland, Austria and Denmark for example. Zone 5 is the most expensive, including Greece and the Greek Islands, Latvia, Iceland, Romania and Norway. If your order contains more than one box or weighs more than 30 kilos, a shipping price will be calculated on an individual basis and you will be supplied with a quote before dispatch.

Delivery to other international destinations will be quoted for on an order by order basis and a quotation will be supplied prior to dispatch.

Customs charges on international delivery

We attempt to notify customers in advance if we are aware that a customs charge will be applied to any international delivery. However in certain destinations it is not possible to calculate tax in advance but we can ask our couriers to provide further information upon request.

Packaging for posting bottles and jars worldwide

We make every effort to package out products carefully so that they survive the delivery process intact. This is even more important for international postage, so thorough care is taken to protect all goods sent abroad. We also pride ourselves upon our customer service so if a breakage should occur, please contact us to arrange for replacements or a refund.

We cannot provide overnight delivery on international orders but we do aim to dispatch all orders within two days, stock permitting, so it shouldn’t be too long before you can begin your preserving adventure!

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Wholesale Bottles

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At Wares of Knutsford we believe in making the shopping process as simple and stress free as possible, whether you are a private customer or are buying wholesale bottles and jars.

Who buys wholesale bottles?

We are happy to fill large orders for businesses, for people getting together in a group with friends to save money by placing a bulk order or for serious preservers who plan to fill a lot of jars or bottles.

We can supply wholesale bottles, jars and a range of other preserving and kitchen equipment to businesses dealing with food and drink, cosmetics and aromatherapy, hospitality, gifts or other retailers. We can supply miniature jars and bottles to be filled as samplers to give away right up to large storage jars. It doesn’t matter how small or large your enterprise is, as long as you meet the terms and conditions for bottles wholesalers.

If you can’t fill a pallet but still want to buy a large quantity, take a look at our bulk buy deals. These are bargain packs of 192 bottles or jars and offer genuine savings to smaller business, serious preservers or friends who want to buy as a group to get a better price.

We try to make our website as clear and easy to navigate as possible so products are organised into departments, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, or you are looking for something special which you would like us to source, please do contact us.

Wholesale bottles and jars terms and conditions

We are pleased to supply wholesale prices for those buying in by the pallet-load. To comply with bottles wholesalers conditions your order must reach a minimum value of £450.00, excluding VAT and shipping. Delivery prices for large orders will be calculated on an individual pallet basis.

While our wholesale prices are designed for businesses, they are equally available to anyone who wishes to order in larger quantities. Bulk orders come in boxes for easy packaging and delivery, and a pallet can be made up of any mixture of boxes – jars, bottles, enamelware or anything else that takes your fancy from our website.

When you have placed an order under wholesale terms we will supply you with a pro-forma invoice, which must be paid in full before the order is dispatched. Where possible and stock permitting, we try to arrange for delivery of all orders within seven days.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our helpful and friendly staff with any questions or if you’d like to be sent a wholesale price list.

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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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Liqueur Mini Bottles

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At Wares of Knutsford we’ve noticed that our customers have been using our mini liqueur bottles for all sorts of things apart from liqueurs!

Uses for liqueur mini bottles

First of all, of course, you can use our liqueur mini bottles for liqueurs. Whether you are making them for personal use, to give as gifts or to sell, you are sure to be able to find an appropriate bottle among our huge range. There are classic whiskey bottle shapes and fancy, decorative bottles, all available in packs of six, 12, 24 or 36.

Our small bottle selection is also popular with those making wedding favours, to hold essential oils, craft supplies or small quantities of ingredients. They are great for sample sizes of cosmetics and aromatherapy products too.

Bottles are available in clear, blue, amber and green glass, with 5ml smallest size in the range. A number of different caps are offered including screw tops, corks, droppers or swing stoppers.

Recipes for liqueur mini bottles

If you have a winter wedding coming up or simply fancy spreading a little colour, try some jewel coloured liqueur in mini bottles – it’s cute, cheerful and warming on a cold day!

Blackberry vodka liqueur

If you still have some frozen blackberries left in the freezer and are all jammed out, this delicious, deep purple hued liqueur is a very adult way to use them. Quantities given make about a litre.

  • 750ml good quality vodka
  • 450g blackberries, fresh or frozen
  • 600g caster sugar
  • 250ml water

Heat the sugar with the water gently until completely dissolved, then leave the mixture to cool.

Add the vodka, fruit and sugar syrup to a large container, trying to avoid crushing the berries. Seal and allow to infuse for at least a couple of weeks. Stir carefully every few days. Strain the mixture through a fine muslin cloth into your mini liqueur bottles and store in a cool, dark place for a couple of weeks before using.

Damson Gin

This plummy liqueur has a sweet and sour flavour that works beautifully with hard, full flavoured cheeses such as a sharp cheddar.

  • 450g damsons, skins pricked
  • 225g sugar
  • 700ml good quality gin

Add all the ingredients to a large, wide necked jar, seal and shake gently to help the sugar dissolve. Store in a cool, dark place for 8-12 weeks, turning the bottle every few days. Strain into your liqueur mini bottles.

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