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Homemade dandelion and burdock in a swing top bottle

Homemade dandelion and burdock in a swing top bottle

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If you are a child of the seventies, you may well have fond memories of the ‘pop man’ – a home delivery service for fizzy drinks whereby a man in a van would bring weekly treats of lemonade, cherryade, ginger beer, cream soda and our personal favourite, dandelion and burdock. If you are a little younger, you have probably barely heard of dandelion and burdock, as it is a fizzy drink that has for some reason fallen out of fashion in more recent times. Fear not, as we have a recipe for creating your own dandelion and burdock drink so that you can taste it for yourselves. Read on to find out how to make this quirky drink.

First, grab a swing top bottle or two

As with all preserving and home cooking projects, the first step is to ensure you have the right equipment to hold the finished product. Swing top glass bottles are ideal for this project, as they keep the contents fresh and fizzy and add a vintage touch that matches the old-school dandelion and burdock flavours perfectly.

Always make sure that you sterilise your bottles properly before filling them, as failure to do this correctly can lead to spoiled results.

Ingredients

150g ground burdock root
75g ground dandelion root
½ tsp ground ginger
½ a vanilla pod
1 star anise, ground
Juice of 1 lemon
150g granulated sugar
1 litre of cold water

Method

– Add all the ingredients, except the sugar, to a large saucepan and cook over a low heat for about 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the liquid through a straining sieve or muslin cloth to remove any pieces. Whilst the liquid is still hot, stir in the granulated sugar, ensuring that it dissolves fully.

– Once cool, pour into sterilised glass bottles and place in the fridge.

– To serve, mix like a cordial with soda water and add ice.

Our swing top bottle range

When it comes to swing top glass bottles, our range is hard to beat. From small 250ml Costolata bottles to one-litre whoppers, the range covers all sorts of shapes and sizes. Our 250ml deluxe swing top bottles are one of our most popular bottles, along with the Kilner 250ml swing tops that come in pastel shades of green, pink and blue in addition to clear glass. For making individual drinks to take on a picnic, for example, we recommend the 250ml bottles; for making a large quantity of dandelion and burdock to dilute on an ad-hoc basis, the one-litre size is more appropriate.

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Miniature bottles for gifts

Miniature bottles for gifts 

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It seems like barely any time has passed since we were blogging about spring and the fruit and vegetables growing in the garden, waiting to be harvested in summer for turning into all sorts of tasty pickles and preserves. Suddenly, it is October and our thoughts are turning inevitably towards Christmas and the gift-giving season. Since nothing shows thought and care more than a homemade gift, today we thought we would talk about some ideas for giving miniature drinks as Christmas presents to friends and family.

Miniature bottles of homemade drinks

If you gather your sloes now and make up a batch of sloe gin, it will be ready to decant into smaller bottles just before Christmas. In addition to sloe gin, why not make some other flavours so that you can create gift sets of three or more different bottles? Try lemon gin, plum gin or even pomegranate gin. For a seasonal flavour, autumn berries are a good choice – think blackberries, hips, and frozen raspberries or redcurrants. Another great Christmas idea is a chocolate and vanilla gin, made by adding a vanilla pod and cacao nibs to the gin. This recipe is great for a last-minute gift, as it does not need to infuse over a period of weeks like sloe gin. Just make it a day or two before you want to give your gift and hope that the recipient invites you to share this delicious treat!

A great seasonal idea for whisky is apple and cinnamon infused whisky. Add roughly chopped apples to a jar, cores and all, with a cinnamon stick and sugar or honey. Pour whisky over and allow to infuse for three to five weeks before bottling in miniature whisky bottles.

Our range of miniature bottles 

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From miniature whisky bottles to tiny 50ml liqueur bottles, our range of small glass bottles covers every option. There are diminutive flask bottles and fancier options, such as the Nocturne bottle with a cork stopper and the slender Esmeralda and Opera bottles. Whether you want to create some infused spirits, a homemade wine or even a cordial, there is a bottle to suit your project. Mini bottles work well as gifts when you group them together in sets of three or five, with a different flavour of drink in each bottle if possible. Labelled neatly, and with a decorative ribbon to set the whole thing off, this type of gift looks every bit as professional as the shop-bought alternatives and the recipient will be especially touched that you went to the trouble of making such a thoughtful homemade gift.

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The versatility of milk bottles

The versatility of milk bottles 

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For most people in the UK, the days of the daily milk delivery to our homes is long gone and the familiar clink of the glass milk bottles out in the street as the milkman trundles up the road in his electric float is a distant memory for all but a lucky few. Whilst it is rare nowadays to be able to find milk in glass bottles for sale in the shops, the good news is that empty glass milk bottles are still available to buy and we stock quite a range of different shapes and sizes. Whether you want to rustle up a yummy drink to serve in a milk bottle or to use these bottles in a creative craft project, check out our range to find the perfect bottle for you.

Shakes and smoothies in milk bottles

Glass milk bottles are ideal for serving nutritious and delicious smoothies. Try an invigorating blend of banana, spinach leaves, apple juice and the juice of a lime, all blended together to create a vitamin-packed superfood smoothie that is the perfect start to the day. Another great smoothie idea is banana, fresh milk, top-quality honey and chopped almonds. Blended together and chilled in the fridge, this makes an awesome breakfast smoothie that is filling and delicious.

Whilst a smoothie is a great way to start the day and ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need, sometimes something a little sweeter is the order of the day, which is where homemade milkshakes come in. These are excellent for children’s birthday parties and look fabulous served in old-fashioned milk bottles with colourful straws. Chocolate and banana milkshakes always go down well; alternatively, for something a little different, try blending some raspberries or blackberries with the milk for a wholesome, colourful shake that tastes sublime.

Creative ideas for milk bottles

Milk bottle creativity does not have to be confined to the kitchen; in addition, there are plenty of craft ideas you can try using these bottles. Try painting the outside of the bottles with chalk paint in pastel shades to create cute little vases that work brilliantly in groups of three; alternatively, tie old-fashioned twine around the necks of the bottles and hang them from hooks on the wall. With a single dried rose in each bottle, they will blend vase and wall art for a stunning effect.

If you love the vintage look of glass milk bottles and have some creative ideas of your own, why not share them with us on social media?

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English wines – buy your wine bottles!

English wines – buy your wine bottles! 

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For years, English wines had a very dubious reputation for being overly-sweet and rather unpleasant and unsophisticated. In recent years, however, the English wine industry has very much come of age, with English wines holding their own as a premium product in many markets. In today’s blog post, we take a look at how English wine has grown up, how the industry is developing, and what the best new vineyards are producing.

3.5 million wine bottles a year

It is easy to assume that production of English wines does not amount to very much, as the industry – much like the English themselves – is rather shy and retiring when it comes to overt self-promotion. The producers have evidently been letting their wines do the talking; according to Decanter magazine, there are now over 450 active vineyards in the UK, producing 3.5 million bottles a year. This is an awful lot of glass bottles filled with the fruits of English vines, English dedication and expertise. Decanter estimates that the industry was worth around £100m in 2015, which is certainly not small fry.

Technically, the English climate means that vineyards are possible throughout the country; however, the milder temperatures of the south-east of the country mean that wine production is heavily clustered across Kent and Sussex. When renowned champagne brand Taittinger buys a vineyard in England, it is fair to say that the English wine sector must be doing something right!

What are the best English wines hitting the shelves right now? Boot Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir from Kent-based firm Gusbourne is an award-winning red that holds many top-notch French labels to account; on the white wine front, Denbies’ Noble Harvest has caught the eye of Waitrose, which stocks it alongside a number of superb English whites. Sparkling wine is where it all began for English winemakers and they do not come better than the superlative fizz produced by Hampshire-based vineyard Jenkyn Place. Again, these are available from Waitrose or direct from the producer.

Fill your own wine bottles

If all this talk of English wine has got you thinking, why not have a go at making your own wine? You could try some classic fruit wine recipes, such as plum wine, elderflower wine or peach wine; alternatively, if you have a grape vine growing in a greenhouse or polytunnel, you could even give it a go with your very own grapes. All you need is a supply of suitable glass bottles, some basic fermenting kit, and a lot of enthusiasm.

Have you sampled some spectacular English wines? Share your recommendations with us via Twitter or Facebook.

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The History of Whisky – miniature bottles

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The history of whisky

 Whilst the process of distillation dates back to around 2000BC, when it was used by the ancient Mesopotamians to make perfumes, producing alcohol through distillation is a far more recent innovation. The Romans stuck mainly to producing wine and it was not until the 12th or 13th centuries that Italian monks began to produce alcohol from distilled wine. By the 15th century, the manufacture of distilled alcohol had spread throughout the monasteries of Europe, where it was used predominantly for medicinal purposes. Eventually, grains were used instead of grapes, creating aqua vitae, or uisge beatha in Gaelic.

 The first documentary evidence of whisky production is from 1494, when 500 bottles were produced, by order of the king. When Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries between 1536 and 1541, monks found themselves needing to earn a living. Whisky production moved from the preserve of the monasteries to ordinary locations, with whisky becoming available to the masses.

 In 1725, the English malt tax was imposed, causing the price of whisky to rise dramatically and forcing many Scottish distilleries to operate illicitly, often at night, giving rise to whisky’s nickname of ‘moonshine’. In 1823, the UK’s Excise Act finally allowed Scottish whisky producers to operate legally on payment of a fee.

 Until the 1880s, French brandy was the main distilled alcoholic drink in many countries; however, a devastating vine pest called phylloxera savaged France’s grape harvests, allowing whisky to become dominant.

 From jeroboams to miniature whisky bottles

 As the production of whisky developed over the years, more and more bottle sizes were made available. Whilst a standard whisky bottle is 700ml in the EU, and 750ml in the US, whisky is available in sizes ranging from miniature bottles of 50ml through to jeroboams, which are 3,000ml – the equivalent of four standard bottles. Needless to say, jeroboams are mainly purchased for special occasions or to add to a whisky collection.

 Modern uses for miniature whisky bottles

 Whisky miniatures, along with other spirits such as brandy and rum, were incredibly popular in the 1970s and are still available today. One very popular use for miniature bottles is as wedding favours, with wedding couples choosing to buy their own bottles and decant their favourite whisky into these miniatures to give as a gift to each wedding guest. This is popular across the board, but especially so for weddings where either the bride or groom is Scottish or where the wedding is taking place in Scotland. The long Scottish association with whisky and whisky-making is clearly alive and well today, hundreds of years after the very first whiskies were created.

 

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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

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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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Glass bottles for sale

Glass bottles for sale 

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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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Magical milk bottle recipes

Magical milk bottle recipes 

Various flavors of milk in bottles with chocolate and strawberries isolated on white

If you often wish you could get your children to drink more healthy drinks and be a bit keener on the five-a-day concept, today’s post might be of interest. With warm and sunny days on the horizon, finding ways to tempt children to quench their thirst and stay hydrated is something we should all be thinking about; fortunately, milkshakes and smoothies are both fantastic for encouraging youngsters to drink something that is refreshing and healthy at the same time.

Fill those milk bottles with milkshake magic

For many parents, asking their children to drink a healthy glass of fresh milk every day is rather a thankless task; therefore, the trick is to turn that glass of milk into something altogether more delicious. Strawberry milkshakes are always popular, especially if you whip them until they are super-frothy and add a little marshmallow treat on the top. A peanut butter and banana milkshake is another fabulous idea to try – if you serve these in our glass milk bottles, the novelty value will encourage children to see the drink as a fun experience. If you need to get children to eat and drink healthily, sometimes stealth is a great tactic!

Serve smoothies in milk bottles

It is not just children who need to ensure they get their five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, of course, as this can also be a challenge for time-pressed adults. One quick and easy way to eat more fruit and veg is to replace at least one meal a day with a vitamin-packed smoothie. The benefits of drinking a smoothie every day are twofold – they can provide plenty of vitamins, fibre and goodness, and they can form part of a sensible weight-loss programme, if required.

What you choose to put in your smoothies is limited only by your imagination, so check what is in season and experiment with your own unique blends and flavours. If you are short of time, it is easy to make up a larger batch of your favourite smoothie, decant it into glass milk bottles, and store it in the fridge ready for use.

For a real superfood kickstart smoothie, try mixing half a cup of green tea, two tablespoons of honey, a chopped banana and 300g of blueberries with a cup of milk. Blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth, then pour into glass milk bottles and chill in the fridge before serving.

If you have any great milkshake or smoothie recipes, why not share them with us on Facebook or Twitter? We would love to hear your ideas!

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A recipe for sauce bottles

A recipe for sauce bottles 

tomato sauce with raw ingredients

If you have made a promise to yourself to try some new home preserves this summer, making your own sauces or ketchups might be just the thing. Jams and chutneys are tasty and enjoyable to make, of course, but now and again it is fun to try something you have not made before. We have recently featured a recipe for homemade tomato ketchup; today, we thought we would cover that other British classic, brown sauce.

Brown sauce is typically used as an accompaniment to savoury dishes, both hot and cold, and can be added to stews and soups for a rich, tangy taste. It is something of a ‘love it or hate it’ sauce, having both its fans and its detractors. One thing is for sure – homemade brown sauce will always taste so much better than the shop-bought variety and is definitely worth a try.

Selecting your sauce bottles 

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

Homemade sauces need a specific type of bottle to pour neatly and store well. We have a wide range of sauce bottles available online and for this recipe we recommend something such as the 250ml Round Sauce Bottle or the 270ml Salad Cream Bottle.

Ingredients

200ml water
275ml white wine vinegar
450ml cider vinegar
200ml apple juice
200ml orange juice
300ml tamarind paste
2 tubes of tomato purée
4 large apples
4 red onions
100g chopped dates
100g chopped prunes
3 cloves of garlic
4tbsp black treacle
6 cloves
½ tsp salt
½ tsp peppercorns
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp allspice
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Method

– Roughly chop the apples and onions, and crush the garlic. Place these in a large pan with the dates, prunes, white wine vinegar, water, tomato purée, orange juice, apple juice, treacle and tamarind paste.

– Bring this mixture to the boil, then simmer over a medium heat for 30 minutes with the pan covered.

– Grind all the spices to a fine powder, then add to the pan and stir well. Use a handheld blender to blend the mixture to a smooth sauce and continue to simmer for another 45 minutes until the sauce becomes thick.

– Spoon the hot sauce into sterilised glass sauce bottles and seal with clean, sterilised lids. Allow to cool before storing in a cool, dark place.

More ideas for glass sauce bottles

If we have piqued your interest in making some homemade sauces, there are plenty of other recipe ideas to try; for example, homemade salad cream is perfect for summer salads, whilst homemade chilli sauce is delicious on savoury dishes or cheese platters.

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Kilner bottles

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There is no denying that Kilner is one of the most well-known and well-loved kitchen brands in the UK, with the firm holding a special place in the nation’s hearts for decades. Whilst best known for the iconic preserving jars that formed the foundation of the company over a century ago, Kilner also produces an extensive range of swing top bottles and it is these delightful bottles that we are taking a look at in today’s post.

Kilner bottles

The range of Kilner swing top bottles that we stock includes a variety of shapes and sizes, all carrying the distinctive Kilner name emblazoned on the front of the bottle. From the tiniest 70ml bottles right up to one-litre bottles, there is certainly plenty of choice. Some of the most popular Kilner bottles are the coloured ones, which are available in pastel pink, blue and green. These coloured bottles are available in both 250ml and one-litre sizes.

There are also some delightful vintage-shaped bottles in the range, which have a wide base, narrow neck, red stopper, and metal carrying handle. They are perfect for vintage-themed parties or picnics and look amazing filled with old-fashioned homemade lemonade.

Alternatives to Kilner bottles 

Currants, swing top bottles and steam juicer for homemade currants syrup

Many of our customers refer to any brand of swing top bottle as a Kilner bottle due to the similarity in style; in fact, we carry quite a few other types of swing top bottle in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Our Sorrento bottle is tall and elegant and is available with either a blue or an opaque stopper. This bottle makes us think of beautiful summer days in Italy, which is why we named the bottle the Sorrento! For afternoons spent lazing on the patio, reading a book and sipping a refreshing lemonade or elderflower cordial, the Sorrento is just perfect.

We have a number of larger one-litre swing top bottles in the range, all of which work brilliantly for serving fresh water at the dining table. Fill a bottle or two with tap water and chill in the fridge before supper time, then serve at the table for a refreshing drink whilst eating.

These one-litre bottles are not just for water, of course; for example, you can also use them to make delicious homemade cordials or even vinegars. Elderflowers will be ready in no time, so get ready to make your own elderflower cordial. Not long after this, raspberries will be ready and you could make either another cordial or raspberry vinegar to use drizzled on puddings or even on salad leaves.

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Decorating wedding favour jars and bottles

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It never ceases to amaze us just how creative and inventive our customers can be when it comes to thinking up new wedding favour ideas. From homemade alcoholic infusions to mini macaroons in a jar, and from wild flower seeds to cute snow globe ornaments, wedding couples across the country keep coming up with clever ideas to make their favours memorable and unique. In today’s blog post, we take a look at how to decorate the jars and bottles you have chosen for your own favours.

Tags and labels for your wedding favours

Jam jars, clip top jars and bottles are so versatile when it comes to using them for your favours. Fill jars with delicious homemade cookies, fudge or boiled sweets, or do something very different and plant herbs or succulents in them for a lasting memento. Bottles can also be filled with delightful infusions, such as rhubarb gin or strawberry vodka. No matter what you choose to put in these jars and bottles, it is important to get the finishing touches right.

You need some form of label or tag for the jar or bottle, of course, to record your names and the date of the wedding. Our ivory-coloured card tags are ideal for this job, featuring gorgeous love heart edging that creates the perfect romantic feel. If you can write in an elegant script, or even in calligraphy, so much the better. No matter what style you choose to write in, always practice first and take plenty of time so as not to waste any tags.

In addition to these tags, we have plenty of other romantically-designed tags to choose from, including lots of heart shapes and our personal favourite, the birdcage gift tags, which feature two little lovebirds in an ornate cage.

Packaging for your wedding favours 

wedding gift for guest

Once you have the contents for your favours sorted and have added a tag and perhaps a ribbon, it is time to think about how you would like to present the favour. Many wedding couples decide to pop the finished favour in a gift bag and we have plenty of these to choose from. We have boxes and pouches available in white, ivory, silver, gold, pink, and even brown with spotty dots. We also have larger pouches available to fit taller jars or bottles.

Whatever theme you choose for your wedding and whatever inspired idea you settle on for your favours, our range of packaging options is sure to offer the perfect fit for the exact look you have in mind.

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Miniature bottles for wedding favours

Miniature bottles for wedding favours 

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Spring is here, which can only mean one thing – it is well and truly wedding season. From romantic country weddings in stunning outdoor locations to chic urban weddings in smart, city-centre hotels, brides and grooms up and down the country are preparing to tie the knot in the coming months. Whether you are just a few weeks away from your wedding but have not yet sorted out your wedding favours or you are still at the planning stages, today’s post will be of interest as we are taking a look at our range of mini bottles, including miniature whisky bottles, wine bottles and shaped bottles with corks. These all make excellent choices for wedding favours, so let’s explore some inspired ideas for using them.

Miniature bottles filled with homemade drinks

With vintage-inspired weddings still very much on trend, making your own wines or alcoholic infusions to give as wedding favours is a great idea. The miniature flask bottles work really well as favours, with their flat fronts perfect for your hand-designed labels with details of the happy couple and the date of the wedding. Filled with elderflower cordial or rhubarb gin, these bottles will look delightful and taste divine.

If homemade wine is more your style, we have the perfect miniature bottle for you. Shaped in the style of a full-sized wine bottle, this clear glass mini version has a screw cap and a 50ml capacity. Whether you choose plum wine or elderberry wine or go for something a little more unusual, such as potato wine or banana wine, choosing the right bottle will go a long way towards making sure your favours look every bit as stylish and professional as commercially-available alternatives.

Labelling your miniature bottles Mini Flask 2

Having spent time and effort on making the wine or infusion for your wedding favours, it is important to get the finishing touches just right so that the bottles look truly stunning once placed on the wedding tables. We have a range of miniature labels that are perfectly suited for our miniature whisky bottles, wine bottles, and all the other mini bottles in our range. Practise on a few spare labels first to ensure you have the styling and spacing right before writing out your labels for real.

We hope this post has given some inspiration to those of you who are planning your wedding in the coming months. Whether you opt for homemade wine or a delicious infused spirit, be sure to check out our range of bottles in which to present these favours.

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Flowers in milk bottles

Flowers in milk bottles 

Colorful set of isolated mason jars and bottle with flowers. Wedding, birthday, shower party design decoration elements

The vintage look has been on trend a while and shows no sign of falling out of favour any time soon. From fashion to interiors and home baking to preserves, we can’t get enough of all things vintage. Perhaps we are hankering after a simpler way of life, without the pressures of mobile phones, busy lives and consumerism, or perhaps we just like the feelings of nostalgia that vintage-inspired things bring out in us. No matter why you love vintage, we are sure that today’s post will appeal, as we are taking a look at our range of milk bottles and suggesting how you can use them as simple but effective vases for flowers.

Glass milk bottles as vases

It might be nice to have a beautiful, decorative vase for times when you are given a huge bouquet; however, sometimes simple is best. Milk bottles make excellent vases for a few small flowers at a time and are particularly good for cut flowers from the garden, where the simplicity of the bottle lets the beauty of the flowers shine through. In spring, hyacinths and ranunculi look stunning in a simple glass bottle. With a little effort, it is easy to grow, or find, flowers and foliage to use in this way for most of the year.

Our milk bottles range in size from a dinky 60ml mini bottle right up to 950ml, with plenty of choice in between. These can all work brilliantly as vases for flowers, but the 330ml and 500ml sizes are two of the best choices. Try the 500ml bottle with two or three vibrantly-coloured gerbera stems for a truly eye-catching display. If your children pick a posy of daisies and buttercups for you, pop them into a mini milk bottle and give them pride of place on the kitchen table or on a windowsill. Your children will be delighted that you appreciate their efforts, while you will be charmed by their gift.

Grouping glass milk bottles together

If you are planning a party, or even a wedding reception, and want to go for the vintage look with your table flower displays, try grouping several milk bottles of different sizes together on each table and artfully arranging flowers across the group. Place taller bottles at the back and fill with taller flowers, with smaller bottles at the front filled with more delicate blooms. For weddings, try lavender or soft pink roses with plenty of wispy gypsophila and a sprig or two of eucalyptus leaf for a truly romantic effect.

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Exploring our range of sauce bottles

Exploring our range of sauce bottles 

tomato sauce in glass jar

We all know that tomatoes are the main ingredient in ketchup, but how many of us know that this was not always the case? In today’s post, we take a quick look at the history of ketchup before offering a tasty recipe for homemade ketchup and showcasing a few items from our range of glass sauce bottles.

What is inside those sauce bottles?

Whilst we might think that tomato ketchup is a fairly modern creation, the origins of ketchup date back to the 1600s, when the Chinese made a sauce using pickled fish and spices. By the 1800s, this sauce had travelled to modern-day Malaysia, where western colonists tried it, liked it, and brought it back to England. English cooks originally added mushrooms to the recipe; however, it was gradually adapted and tomato ketchup became the norm.

Fill some sauce bottles with this tasty recipe 

tomato sauce with raw ingredients

Whilst most people love a good dollop of the world’s most famous tomato ketchup, not many have thought of making their own, even though it can taste so much nicer than the brand name version. Try this recipe to see whether you become a convert:

Ingredients 

3.5kg very ripe tomatoes (these do not have to be top quality)
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
125g salt
1kg sugar
700ml red wine vinegar
1 tsp cloves
½ tsp cayenne pepper

Method

– Put all the ingredients into a large pan and simmer on a low heat for about three hours, stirring regularly so that the mixture does not stick or burn.
– Once the mixture has cooled a little, use a food processor to blend it and then pass it through a sieve.
– Pour the mixture into warm, sterilised glass sauce bottles and screw on the lid.
– Store in a warm dark place. Once opened, keep the ketchup in the fridge and use within one month of opening.

Choosing your bottles

Our range of glass sauce bottles covers an assortment of shapes and sizes. Our favourite is the 250ml hexagonal bottle, which somehow just seems to have the look of a classic ketchup bottle. If this is a little too vintage for your taste, the 250ml round sauce bottle has an altogether more contemporary look and would work brilliantly for ketchup or any other homemade sauce, such as barbecue sauce, sweet chilli sauce or salad cream.

Finally, if you really want to work the vintage look, we stock squeezy ketchup dispensers in the shape of a tomato – just like they used to have in cafes and restaurants in the 60s and 70s!

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Kilner bottles explained

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When it comes to swing top bottles, Kilner is the undisputed king of manufacturers and the name that everyone associates with this type of bottle. Many of us have fond memories of childhood trips to the seaside and picnics, where we enjoyed bottles of our grandmother’s homemade lemonade or elderflower cordial, drunk through a straw from these iconic bottles. Whilst it is fair to say that Kilner’s swing top bottles have probably been around for longer than any other manufacturer, there is quite a range of other swing top bottles available in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In this post, we look at both the Kilner range and the other swing top bottles on offer at Wares of Knutsford.

Our range of Kilner bottles

First up in Kilner’s range of swing top bottles is the classic 250ml square clip top bottle. The swing top locking mechanism ensures an airtight seal to keep the bottle’s contents safe and perfectly preserved. The plastic cap and rubber seal are easily washable, meaning that these jars can be used over and over again. These bottles are available in the standard clear glass and super cute pastel shades of blue, pink and green. The pastel shades are perfect for summer garden parties; in addition, we stock drinks dispensers in the same colours.

We also offer a dinky 70ml clip top jar that is ideal for storing homemade chilli sauce or barbecue relish, for example.

Alternatives to Kilner bottles 

Currants, swing top bottles and steam juicer for homemade currants syrup

If you like the style of these clip top bottles but you are not wedded to the Kilner brand, we have a huge range of alternatives to tempt you. Sizes for the regularly-shaped bottles range from a standard 250ml bottle right up to a whopping one-litre bottle. There is also quite a variety of bottle shapes in this range, from simple and traditional to more unusual designs such as the faceted Costolata bottles or the elegant shape of the Capri or Sorrento bottles. Whatever bottling project you have in mind, we are sure we have the perfect bottle for your project.

Other popular choices in our clip top bottle range are two traditional style bottles from Kitchen Craft, which both feature a vintage-inspired design on the front. The 500ml bottle displays a ‘Freshly Squeezed’ graphic, whilst the one-litre bottle features a ‘Fresh from the Farm’ design.

Whether you are planning on making your own elderflower cordial this season or fancy having a go at your grandmother’s recipe for good old-fashioned lemonade, these bottles are the perfect choice to provide the ultimate finishing touch to a classic creation.

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Glass bottles

Glass bottles 

Strawberry regular and chocolate milk in bottles with striped straws isolated on white

Spring is finally here. Everything seems to bursting into bud and turning green again and it won’t be long before our gardens and hedgerows are brimming with abundant produce to turn into amazing jams, pickles and preserves. We have spoken recently about many of the jars in our range; today, it is time to talk about our glass bottles. Whether you are thinking of making elderflower cordial soon or you want to try your hand at plum wine a little later in the year, you need a good supply of bottles ready for when your preserving inspiration strikes.

Our range of glass bottles

We have a very comprehensive range of bottles to suit every application. Whether you are looking for small glass bottles to use for miniature drinks or need larger swing top bottles for the perfect finishing touch for a family picnic or a vintage-inspired garden party, we have a huge range of styles and sizes from which to choose.

Our charming milk bottle range is extremely popular, both for drinks and for craft projects. From small glass bottles holding just 60ml right up to a 750ml jumbo milk and juice bottle, this range offers something for everyone. If you are planning to give drinks-based wedding favours on your big day, why not choose from this range for a gloriously fun and retro look?

Glass bottles with corks

In addition to a huge number of bottles with screw tops or swing top lids, we carry quite an eclectic range of bottles with corks. From tall and elegant slimline bottles that are perfect for oils and vinegars to charming old-fashioned styles such as the Gladstone bottles and the Nocturne range, we are bound to have something to please – whatever effect you are striving for. The Gladstone bottles make particularly excellent choices for wedding favours, especially if the big day has a vintage theme. Filled with homemade sloe gin, rhubarb vodka or raspberry wine, they will enchant guests and make a summer wedding simply delightful.

Crafting with bottles

If you love crafts, why not have a go at some projects that involve bottles? From miniature snow globes to candle holders and all manner of other things besides, bottles make great containers for crafty creations. To set you off on the right track, we have put together two Crafters Starter Packs, each featuring a selection of different bottles. One pack has a range of bottles with screw top lids and the other contains a variety of bottles with corks. Check these two packs out to see which takes your fancy.

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Miniature Bottles – recipes and ideas

Miniature Bottles – recipes and ideas 

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When it comes to wedding preparations, it can be almost as hard to choose your wedding favours as it is to choose the venue for your big day or even your wedding dress. In today’s post, we look at ideas for using miniature whisky bottles and other miniatures to create unique and personal favours that will be very well received on your wedding day.

Miniature bottles of whisky

For a decadent and oh-so-grown-up wedding day treat, an individual shot-size bottle of whisky for each guest will make a fabulous favour and one that is sure to be appreciated. Whether you choose to fill your bottles with the finest single malts from the best-known distilleries, such as Talisker, Jura or Aberlour, or you go for a blended whisky and make it your own by infusing herbs, spices or other ingredients, miniature whisky bottles are a popular choice throughout the UK – especially when either the bride or groom comes from Scotland.

Whilst the purists will say that whisky can only be properly appreciated neat and unadulterated, for some the taste is just a little too boisterous when served in this way. For something a little quirkier, why not try a whisky-based infusion? We think a whisky infused with honey, ginger, vanilla and brown sugar sounds divine, and we are confident that we are not the only ones. For something truly unusual, go for a whisky sour recipe, adding lime, star anise, honey and hot jalapeno peppers to your whisky. This recipe is guaranteed to have a kick to it, so be sure to taste it well in advance of your wedding day to make sure it is lively without being too powerful.

A wide variety of miniature bottles

Whisky may not be to everyone’s tastes, of course, and you may wish to offer some non-alcoholic favours to your younger guests or any non-drinkers amongst your wedding party. We have a huge range of miniature glass bottles available to suit all kinds of drinks. Our heart-shaped mini swing top bottles are very romantic and perfect for weddings. Fill them with a homemade cordial or the freshest apple juice for a thirst-quenching treat instead of alcohol.

Other miniatures we stock include mini wine bottles, mini flask bottles, and a whole host of uniquely shaped bottles that will look gorgeous decorated to match your wedding theme. Our Gladstone mini bottles are one of our bestsellers and would work brilliantly with an infused gin, such as rhubarb gin, blackberry and apple gin, or even lavender gin.

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Sweets in milk bottles

Sweets in milk bottles sweet jars

Our customers often find quirky and unusual ways to use our products, making fabulous gifts for their friends and family. Today, we take a look at a recipe idea for making your own sweets, which can be popped into glass milk bottles to make cute and appealing gifts for all ages.

Ideas for sweets in milk bottles 

The size of the milk bottle opening obviously determines how big the sweets can be; therefore, giant gobstoppers and big chunks of honeycomb crunch won’t work. Instead, think of smaller sweets that will fit in the bottle easily and look fabulous. Jelly beans are perfect for this idea, as they are so colourful and just the right size. Try this recipe for homemade jelly beans to see just how easy they are to make.

Ingredients

235ml water
450g sugar
8g gelatine
120ml orange juice
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp corn flour
Various food colourings

Method

– Pour 175ml of the water, 275g of the sugar and the gelatin into a large saucepan and heat on a medium setting. Bring to the boil, making sure the gelatin does not clump together.

– Use a sugar thermometer to monitor the temperature of the mixture – when it reaches 230°, take the pan from the heat. It should take around 20-30 minutes to reach this temperature.

– Place the pan in a bowl of ice to prevent the temperature rising any higher. Stir in the juice and the salt.

– If you have jelly bean moulds, spray these with baking spray and fill with the mixture; if you do not have suitable moulds, simply use a baking tray and place ¼-teaspoon blobs evenly on the tray.

– Leave to harden for up to six hours. Once hardened, tip the beans onto baking parchment and dust with cornflour. Leave to dry for a further two hours.

– Mix the remaining water and sugar, then divide into separate jars for each colour of bean you would like to make. Add food colouring to each jar.

– Add a handful of beans to each jar, put on the lid, and swirl the mixture round to coat the beans. Keep swirling each jar for about 15 minutes to coat the beans thoroughly. Remove the beans and allow to dry overnight.

Our range of milk bottles 

Whilst we stock glass milk bottles in a range of sizes, from 250ml to one litre, the smallest sizes work best for confectionery gifts. Tip your homemade jelly beans into a bottle, pop on the lid and add a gift tag and ribbon for a super cute gift.

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Miniature bottles

Miniature bottles

Back in the 1970s, ‘miniatures’ containing spirits were perhaps considered a little naff. For many people, they still conjure up memories of slightly eccentric aunts or uncles getting tipsy on them at Christmas; however, it is fair to say that miniature glass bottles are now back in fashion and making an appearance in some very unexpected locations. In today’s post, we look at how some people are using these bottles as wedding favours and others are getting creative with both the contents of the bottles and the outside decoration to make inspired and thoughtful gifts or ornaments and accessories for the home.

Miniature bottles for wedding favours

Glass bottle wedding favor christening on old wooden table

Miniatures are very much on trend as wedding favours. Forget about those 1970s miniatures filled with advocaat, sickly cherry brandy or Campari, as today’s wedding couples have gone upmarket with their miniature ideas. Think premium aged whisky from the finest distilleries, premium vodkas, and the very best aperitifs.

Creative couples are also personalising their miniatures by creating their own unique infused spirits to bottle in these miniature glass bottles. From rhubarb-infused gin or the old favourite sloe gin to raspberry vodka and pineapple-infused rum, couples are really getting imaginative when it comes to creating a personal touch for their big day. Topped with a handmade label or gift tag, and perhaps a ribbon or bow, these bottles look so sophisticated and stylish.

We stock a huge range of miniature glass bottles, from traditional whisky miniatures to mini wine bottles and fun miniatures, such as our 100ml Nocturne bottles and our 70ml swing stopper bottles. If you are thinking of using these bottles for your own wedding favours, check out our range today for some creative inspiration.

Miniature bottles for gifts and creative ideas

There are plenty of ways you can use these bottles for gifts or home accessories. Delicious homemade infused spirits work just as well as gifts for friends and family, of course, as they do as wedding favours. Try making a batch of different flavours and spirits and giving a mixed set of three or five as a gift. With Mother’s Day on the horizon, this could be just the thing for a more unusual gift.

If you like a few drops of essential oils in your bath, why not make up a few ‘potion jars’ using these bottles to have to hand when you want a relaxing soak? Alternatively, try your hand at decoupage and adorn the outsides of the bottles to make unusual ornaments.

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