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Kilner drinks dispensers

Kilner drinks dispensersStandard Jar

A drinks dispenser is one of those things you never realised you needed; however, once you have one, you will wonder how you ever lived without it! We stock a variety of drinks dispensers by Kilner, all of which are perfect for your summer events. Used outdoors they keep flies out of drinks and keep the contents fresh and clean, with easy, one-handed access courtesy of a tap at the bottom of the jar.

The standard dispensers are designed in the same style as the traditional Kilner preserving jar in high-quality clear glass in a round shape with a heavy duty clip fastening and an orange rubber seal. The wide neck makes it easy to add fruit, ice or herbs and to refill. The jars are embossed with the familiar Kilner logo and are available in five- and eight-litre sizes, which are sold singly. This means they hold plenty of drinks for garden parties, weddings, children’s birthday parties, fetes and galas, indoor or out. They can be used for soft drinks or cocktails, milkshakes and smoothies, or even just water, but are not suitable for very hot drinks. The dispensers should only be used for liquids with a maximum temperature of 80°C.

In addition to the round dispensers, we stock a square version in the same style with an eight-litre capacity.

Kilner vintage style drinks dispensersVintage Jar

Also available in five- and eight-litre sizes is a vintage style dispenser, similar to the basic model but with a decorative ribbed jar. It works in the same way but would fit in really well in a more rustic or retro setting. A Kilner vintage style drinks dispenser is a great way to keep guests served at a laidback summer wedding; even better, set up a row of them with labels stating the contents. Traditional drinks such as cloudy lemonade, fruit punch and elderflower cordial look pretty and taste delicious. You could also set up a dispenser of freshly-
squeezed orange juice with a few bottles of champagne for some Buck’s Fizz.Square Jar

Add a few Kilner handled drinking jars for a really cute, coordinated effect and make sure there are plenty of straws available.

Remember that a flat delivery charge applies when ordering from Wares of Knutsford, no matter how much you order, so feel free to fill up your basket without worrying about mounting postage costs.

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Kilner jars

Kilner jars

At Wares of Knutsford we have dedicated a whole department to the Kilner jar. This classic piece of preserving equipment is still available in its original form and also in a number of modern variations on the theme.

The history of Kilner jars

The traditional Kilner jar was invented towards the end of the 19th century; however, John Kilner started producing glass jars and bottles in Thornhill Lees in Dewsbury in the 1840s. Upon his death in 1857, the business passed to his sons and continued to go from strength to strength, including winning industry awards. In the 1860s a second Kilner factory was opened in Conisborough, Don Valley and became a huge local employer. The awards kept coming; however, the pressure of increased competition hit the firm hard in the early 1920s.

In 1937 the Kilner family was forced to close the business, having sold the trademark and patent for its original Kilner glass jar design to the United Glass Bottle Company. In 2000 the Rayware Group bought the rights to the patent and trademark for the original Kilner jar and continues to manufacture under the Kilner brand name. A number of modern products have been introduced, still inspired by the original product, and these have helped to expand the Kilner brand.

Kilner jars at Wares of Knutsford

The Kilner clip top clear glass preserving jar is available at Wares of Knutsford in a number of sizes: 70ml, 125ml, 350ml, 500ml, 1 litre, 1.5 litres, 2 litres and 3 litres. Square and faceted versions of the same style are also available in various sizes, sold singly or in great value packs.

Screw top Kilner jars for preserving, which use the metal sealing disc and screw band method, are also available in 250ml, 500ml and 1-litre sizes, along with spare metal discs and screw bands.

A number of speciality products have been introduced in the Kilner style and have been proving very popular, such as clip top jars in coloured glass. These are available in blue, green and pink and in 500ml and 1-litre sizes. You can also buy handled drinking jars in clear or coloured glass.

Kilner swing top bottles can be bought in a variety of designs in clear and coloured glass in 250ml and 1 litre sizes; for sloe gin with a 275ml capacity; in a square shape; and in an 850ml ribbed design. You can also buy a 70ml miniature clip top bottle and a 200ml handled version.

Finally, a new product we love this season is the Kilner milk bottle, which comes in 189ml and 568ml sizes.

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The History of the Kilner Jar

Kilner jar

Kilner jars are a classic preserving tool, known all over the world.

The original Kilner jar

The Kilner jar and bottle company was founded by John Kilner in 1842 in Yorkshire. Upon his death in 1857, Kilner’s four sons took over the business, followed later by their sons. The business thrived and expanded, winning various awards and international recognition. The pressure seal system was created and patented towards the end of the 19th century and has been in use ever since. In 1937 the company sold the patent rights to the Kilner jar and the similar Mason jar, also made by Kilner, to the United Glass Bottle company – an American firm. The Rayware Group purchased Kilner in 2000 and continues to produce the jars and develop new and modern variations on the theme.

How does the Kilner jar work?

The traditional system uses a screw top with a rubber seal, which is processed in a hot water bath to dispel any air and create a pressure seal. This ensures no air or bacteria can enter the jar to spoil your preserves once the seal has been created.

After sterilising your Kilner jars, fill them with your jam while it is still warm as part of the sealing process. Fill to the bottom of the jar neck and gently tap the jar on the work surface to disperse air bubbles. Wipe around the neck of the jar to ensure it is clean, then close your jar. You can use the Kilner disc and screw band jars, screw top jars and clip top jars in the same way for preserving, as all create the necessary pressure seal when correctly used. You can then create a pressure seal using the water bath method, which means putting the jars in a large pan filled with water and boiling for about 30 minutes. Remove the jars from the pan with a jar lifter and allow to cool for 24 hours. The next day, check that the sealing process has been successful. A proper seal will preserve homemade jams, chutneys and curds for up to six months when stored in a cool, dark place.

The Kilner range of today includes clip top jars, handled drinking jars, screw top and clip top bottles, push top knobstopper jars, home brewing kits, and accessories for preserving and home brewing.

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Kilner Jar Suppliers

Kilner jar suppliers

Kilner is one of the great British brand names in kitchenware, established in the 19th century to serve a specific purpose and still valued today for its practicality and its style.

The original Kilner jar suppliers

The company behind Kilner jars was established in the 1840s by John Kilner in Thornhill Lees in Dewsbury. In 1857 John Kilner died and his four sons took over the running of the company, producing glass jars and bottles for home preserving.

The Kilner jar as we know it today wasn’t created until the end of the 19th century, by which time John Kilner’s grandsons had also joined the business and the company had opened a second factory in Conisbrough in the Don Valley. It has remained in almost unchanged form since then. Its longevity is due to the simple but very effective pressure seal mechanism, which ensures effective preserving of all sorts of fruits and vegetables at home or in a commercial environment.

The Kilner family sold the trademarks and patents for the original Kilner jar design to The United Glass Bottle Company in 1937, which were then bought by The Rayware Group in 2000. Since then, The Rayware Group has developed and expanded the Kilner range without compromising upon the quality and practicality which have stood the test of time and made the brand a household name.

Wares of Knutsford as Kilner jar suppliers

As comprehensive Kilner jar suppliers, Wares of Knutsford stocks original glass preserving jars and modern additions to the range.

Traditional Kilner jars are available in 250ml, 500ml and 1 litre sizes. The classic knobstopper style cookie jars come in 650ml, 1 litre, 1.5 litre and 2 litre sizes or as a set of five.

An update on the traditional theme is available with clip top jars in coloured glass. 500ml and 1 litre clip top jars are available in pink, blue and green. The coloured glass range can also be bought as clip top bottles in 250ml and 1 litre sizes. Handled drinking jars are available in clear or coloured glass in 400ml or as a 140ml miniature. Alternatively, you can buy a neat nine piece handled drinking jar set, which makes a great gift.

Kilner also offers a comprehensive home brewing collection, including a complete starter kit containing all the equipment you need, spare parts, bottles and tops or complete kits including both kit and ingredients to make your own bitter, cider, or lager.

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How to Create a Memory Jar

memory jar

In years gone by people used to create scrapbooks to record their memories of holidays, places, people and events. Scrapbooking has gone out of fashion rather but the idea of saving your memories is charming. Th modern way to do it is in memory jars.

Good times memory jar

This is one of the simplest ways to give yourself a boost at any time. As the year passes, every time something good happens you should write it down on a small piece of paper. This can be gifts you were given, goals you accomplished, funny moments or simple things that made you smile. Fold or roll the paper and put it into a large Mason jar. Use glass paint to decorate the outside of the jar with the year – 2016 and so on. At the end of the year, open the jar and read about what a wonderful year you’ve had – of course if you’re feeling a bit low at some point before the end of the year you can always open up the jar earlier to push away the black cloud.

Days out and holidays memory jars

This is a great way for kids to relive days out or holidays. Collect up all the little souvenirs and mementoes you accumulate and keep them all in a large Kilner or Mason style jar. Twigs and bits of leaf, pebbles and shells, tickets and photos, beads, drawings, maps and brochures. Anything that was part of your day out or holiday can go in the jar. Make sure you label the jar with the date and any other relevant details.

Wedding memory jar

A cute alternative to a wedding guest book is to ask your guests to write messages on pieces of paper, then roll or fold them and place them into a memory jar. This can be a memory of how you know each other, an experience you have shared or their advice and tips for a happy married life! On your anniversary, open the jar and read what your guests wrote and remember your big day and your lives together.

Sand memory jar

If you travel a lot you can create a jar that both reminds you of your travels and looks pretty on the shelf. Collect a small jar of sand from every beach you visit and layer the in a large glass jar. You’ll notice every layer of sand is slightly different in colour and texture. Apply a label with the name of the beach and the date to correspond with each layer.

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Travel Jar Keepsake

travel jar

Before your good intentions get squashed beneath the weight of the nonsense of daily life, start putting some of your new year’s resolutions into action. One of the most common resolutions is to be more organised and tidy around the house, and we have some great ideas to help.

What is a travel jar?

It’s a shame to throw away all the sentimental travel keepsakes that mark your holidays and special trips, but you risk ending up with drawers and drawers of what looks like rubbish and an invitation to appear on TV reality shows about out of control hoarding!

We recommend organising all your travel keepsakes in a travel jar to help you keep these tokens safe and easily accessible. Not only will large jars keep all your relevant keepsakes together safely but will also allow you to display them prettily and in a neat and organised fashion.

What can you put in a travel jar?

It’s so easy to do – simply collect together all the little pieces of memory and arrange inside a large jar – Kilner or Mason style jars are idea for this job. On a beach holiday you may have collected a handful of sand which you can use to line the base of the jar, or a few pebbles or shells. You can add the ticket for your trip, a map or brochure, some photos and any little souvenirs you may have bought such as figurines or models and jewellery. What you put in really depends upon the size of the jar you use and how much you put in. If you go for a really large jar you can add larger items such as a pair of well worn sandals or flip flops! Don’t over pack the jar as you want each item to have a bit of space, and you want to be able to get everything out occasionally to help you relive holiday moments. Label the jar with the relevant location and date.

If you travel a lot you could have a whole row of jars in a line on a shelf, each marking special times of your life.

While in theory this idea is designed to help you remember your travels and journeys, you can make keepsake jars to mark any special events in your life – children’s birthdays, weddings, days out, or even make a jar for every year and add mementoes of all the best moments as the year progresses.

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Large Glass Drinks Dispenser

glass drinks dispenser

Christmas is coming (had you noticed?), with lots of parties and gatherings. While these are great fun, being the host or hostess can be hard work! You’re always running around making sure everyone enjoying themselves and has drinks and something to eat. You can take one of those duties off your hands by making sure that guests can easily help themselves to drinks.

Of course you can simply leave a load of bottles out and make up a large sign saying ‘Help Yourself!’, but at Wares of Knutsford we believe in going for something a bit more elegant…

Glass drinks dispenser with tap

Among our new stock this year was an excitingly huge glass drinks dispenser with a tap. It holds seven litres, which is about two gallons and features a clip top lid for easy filling and cleaning and is a great way to serve drinks and cocktails prepared in advance. As soon as we saw it we knew this would be ideal for summer barbecues and parties all year round, and perfect for artisan producers and stall holders to serve their ciders, wines and ales at markets and events.

For Christmas events, fill it with seasonal punch and as a Christmas cocktail dispenser – just make sure you provide plenty of glasses, ice and little bowls with garnishing ingredients, if necessary. Here are a couple of Christmas cocktail ideas in large quantities to fit the dispenser!

Glass drinks dispenser Christmas punch

  • 2 litres orange juice
  • 350ml Benedictine liqueur
  • 500ml whisky or cognac
  • 750ml cranberry juice
  • 3 vanilla pods, seeded
  • 1 clementine, sliced horizontally
  • 3 litres sparkling water

Refrigerate all the ingredients before preparing. Mix the ingredients together in the cocktail dispenser only just before you’re ready to serve.

Glass drinks dispenser chocolate orange Christmas cocktail

Orange syrup:

  • 1.5kg golden caster sugar
  • Zest of 10 oranges, in strips

Start by making an orange syrup. Add the caster sugar to a large pan with 1.5 litres of water and the orange zest. Heat gently until the sugar has completely dissolved, then bring to the boil and set aside to cool. Strain to remove the orange zest.

Chocolate orange Christmas cocktail:

  • 2 litres vodka
  • 2 litres crème de cacao
  • 800ml orange juice
  • 1.2 litres orange syrup

Add the vodka, crème de cacao, orange juice and syrup to the cocktail dispenser and stir well to combine. Make sure there’s plenty of ice available, plus glasses with rims dipped in grated dark chocolate!

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Kilner Jars and Storage Jars

Kilner jars

Kilner is one of the best known names in the preserving world. Kilner storage jars are used to house all sorts of gear in and out of the kitchen, from preserves and dried goods to toys, crafting tools and cosmetic accessories.

The history of Kilner jars

The Kilner jars are named after their creator, John Kilner. He began making glass jars and bottles in the 1840s at a factory in Dewsbury and the famous Kilner jar was invented a few decades later. John Kilner was succeeded by his sons and grandsons. The design became incredibly popular thanks to its efficiency in preserving. In 1937 the business was sold out of family hands when the patent for the design was bought by the United Glass Bottle Company. In 2000, Rayware bought the Kilner brand and continues to develop it with new designs, while maintaining the original Kilner jar design. These days the Kilner name is well known internationally.

Kilner jars at Wares of Knutsford

At Wares of Knutsford we are pleased to stock a number of interesting items from the Kilner brand. Along with the traditional preserving jars, we also stock storage jars, coloured bottles and jars, home brewing kits, drinkswares and various kitchen accessories. Kilner kitchen equipment is not only extremely efficient but also wonderfully stylish, helping to create a traditional atmosphere in rustic or classic style kitchens. You can also buy spare metal discs for Kilner preserving jars and flower lids for drinking jars.

Clear glass preserving jars start at 250ml, going up to 500ml and 1 litre. Coloured clip top jars come in pink, blue and green and in 500ml and 1 litre sizes. Swing top bottles are available in the same colours in 250ml and 1 litre sizes, while you can also buy clear, pink, blue and green glass handled drinking jars . These add a modern touch to a traditional design.

Kilner storage jars in clear glass with knobstopper lids are available in 650ml, 1 litre, 1.5 litre, 2 litre and 2.35 litre sizes or as a five jar set.

In the home brewing department you will find complete Kilner sets for making lager, bitter and cider. The kits include all the ingredients and equipment you need to make your own delicious brews, simply add water. You can also buy ‘Make Your Own’ kits, with all the ingredients for red and white wines, cider, lager and bitter. You can buy all the equipment you need separately or in a complete starter kit.

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Your kitchen and Kilner


Kilner has been making glass jars and bottles since the 1840s and is a well known brand in the British traditional kitchen.

The Kilner range at Wares of Knutsford

Like the little black dress, the Kilner jar never goes out of style. As useful in a modern environment as in the traditional kitchen, over time customers simply find more and more interesting uses for their jars. Wares of Knusford stocks a variety of Kilner products, including basic screw top preserving jars. These heavy duty glass jars come in 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml sizes with a heat sealable, gold coloured metal disc and band screw top. We also stock modern versions of traditional items, such as clip top jars in 500ml and 1000ml sizes in pink, blue or green glass. There are five clear glass knobstopper style storage jars in 650ml, 1000ml, 1500ml, 2000m and 2350ml sizes, available individually or as a set, and swing top bottles in 250ml and 1000ml sizes, in green, blue or pink glass. Handled drinking jars in clear and coloured glass look great at summer events such as BBQs and picnics, while Kilner products are the mainstay of our hoe brewing department.

Home brewing is made easy with Kilner’s complete sets, containing all the equipment and ingredients you need to make your own, high quality lager, cider, bitter and red or white wine. There’s also a comprehensive range of accessories, including beer bottles, and a starter kit containing all the equipment you need.

Last but not least, take a look at the Kilner Maslin pan, pan rack and fruit press, for professional results from home preserving.

Kilner jars in the modern kitchen

Here at Wares of Knutsford we are constantly amused, impressed and entertained at the creative uses to which our customers have put their Kilner jars. Apart from preserving and storage, they have almost endless uses.

Recently one clever customer used the pretty, pastel coloured clip top jars to make a particularly girly gift for her teenage daughter and friends, in the form of a sleepover pamper kit. The jars each contained a sachet of face mask, a hairband, miniature bottles of hand and foot lotion, a nail file, a sachet of hot chocolate powder, a scented tea light and a little bottle of nail polish, each in different colours. Each jar was decorated with with a ribbon and a home made, personalised tag. Can you beat that?

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Suitable Bottling Produce

bottling produce

When you have a glut of any particular fruit or vegetable, you need to look at preserving methods to avoid wastage. Jams, pickles, chutneys and preserves of any kind are designed for this purpose, while freezing and simple bottling will also do the job. There is a list of suitable bottling produce as not all foods are suitable, but the basic procedure is the same all round.

The basics of bottling produce

When preserving produce you can bottle in two different ways – either in a boiling water bath or a pressure cooker. Bottling in boiling water is the simplest method and doesn’t require any special equipment.

You can bottle certain produce depending upon its natural acidity. You need a certain level of acidity when bottling fruits and vegetables to avoid an overgrowth of Clostridium botulinium bacteria, which can cause Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. The bacteria can be destroyed in foods with a high enough level acidity by heating them to a certain temperature.

Most fruit apart from figs can safely be bottled either whole or made into jams, compotes or other preserves. Adding a little lemon juice, vinegar or citric acid will raise the acidity level if necessary. Most fresh vegetables apart from tomatoes don’t have the required acidity level for water bath bottling and will need pressure cooking to be safely preserved.

Choosing bottling produce

Bottling may be used to deal with a glut of produce but it will only work with decent quality food. Mouldy or diseased fruit will not do – make sure you use fresh, firm fruits. Small areas of lesions or spots can be cut away.

Bottling works best with fruits of optimum ripeness. If you can’t bottle the fruit while it is freshly picked, store it away in a cool, dark place until you are ready. Apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and pears should be left for a day after harvesting before bottling, unless they are very ripe, as this will allow them to sweeten a little more.

Boiling water bath tips

You can buy special preserving pans, but a large stockpot works perfectly well as a boiling water bath.

Line the base of the pan with a folded tea towel before filling it with water to prevent the bottom of the jars from banging against the bottom of the pot and cracking. If you are worried the boiling water will move the jars around, place another tea towel in between them.

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Sloe Gin Gift Set

sloe gin gift set

Wares of Knutsford would like to propose a sloe gin making kit by Kilner as the answer to some of your more taxing Christmas present buying dilemmas.

Why a sloe gin gift set?

Sloe gin is a very traditional, warming winter drink. Its ruby red colour is obtained by picking sloes after winter’s first frost, so usually towards the end of October or the beginning of November, and bottling them with gin and sugar. The skin of each ripe sloe has to be pricked to allow the juice to be released. According to folklore this should be done by a thorn from the blackthorn bush that hosts the fruits or with a silver fork, never any other metal. The sloes, gin and sugar are allowed to infuse for three months before the liqueur is drained, when the sloes can be discarded.

Good sloe gin has a very distinctive, almond like aroma and flavour, while some spices can be added for a Christmassy twist. A glass of glowing sloe gin is a very old fashioned pleasure that appears to be making a comeback in modern times. It is usually drunk after dinner, as with port, and is served neat or over ice. Believe it or not, there’s a Sloe Gin World Championship competition held in Frant, East Sussex every December, plus annual sloe gin making competitions in Knighton in Powys, at Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and in Dorstone, Herefordshire.

Sloe gin gift set by Kilner

If you know someone who is into home brewing and needs a new project or someone who enjoys trying unusual foods and drinks, a sloe gin gift set by Kilner could be an ideal gift for them this Christmas.

The eight piece set includes all the equipment needed to make sloe gin or a range of other fruit liqueurs. The set includes a two litre, round Kilner glass jar, four 250ml bottles for the sloe gin, a 50cm x 50cm muslin cloth for straining, a plastic funnel and a recipe card. It comes in a neat box for easy gift wrapping too!

The recipient will need some gin and some sugar, while the other essential ingredient – the sloes – can be picked from the hedgerow! If the sloe gin making bug takes hold, spare parts and extra accessories can be bought from the home brewing section of the Wares of Knutsford website.

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Pink Jam Jar Mugs

jam jar mugs

The Kilner range at Wares of Knutsford now includes blue, green and pink jam jar mugs. A fashionable twist on a traditional shape, the handled jars in coloured glass lend an interesting and creative look to anything from cocktails to iced tea or even plain old water – make sure you also supply a colourful straw to drink through!

Buying pink jam jar mugs

The 500ml capacity mugs are sold in packs of three, six or 12 and are hand wash only. Lid are not supplied but as a traditional Kilner jar, you can use your standard flower lids on the mugs too. Remember that Wares of Knutsford uses a flat delivery charge so you can order as much as you like without worrying about the cost of postage and packing.

Wholesale prices are available to business customers, so don’t hesitate to contact us for details.

Decorating with pink jam jar mugs

The new Kilner pink jar mugs are almost too pretty to drink out of, so why not use them for decorating! Exploit the pastel theme by using them to store striped candy canes for Christmas, sticks of rock after summer holidays or lollipops at any time of year. Using such as pretty container is also a great way to disguise the mundanity of some contents – wooden skewers, pencils, make up brushes or even kitchen implements will look strangely elegant and sculptural when packed into the blue, green and pink jar mugs, while remaining easy access for everyday use.

Christmassy pink jam jar mugs

Remember that you don’t have to go with the traditional red, green and gold at Christmas. Icy pastel pink with white and silver looks very modern and fresh when used to decorate the house and table for the festive season. It’s a look that needs confidence and commitment to carry it off so stick to the theme with matching wrapping paper, cards and cake decorations. When it comes to table decorations, you can use your pink jar mugs as ornaments. Put a tea light inside then use pale pink, silver or white ribbon to tie some tiny baubles around the neck in the same colour theme – silver, white and different shades of pink. Place these along the table to cast a warm and flattering glow at dinnertime. Similarly, line the inside of the jar with a small string of tiny, battery operated fairy lights and place on windowsills or in dull corners.

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How to Preserve Food

Preserving food

Apparently honey is the only food that doesn’t go off or suffer from decay. What that essentially means is that all other foods, at one time or another, will need to be preserved. The point of preserving food is to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mould or fungi of any kind. As a brief guide to canning, the standard way to accomplish this is to heat the food to kill off any existing contamination and reduce its moisture content and then contain it with an airtight seal. Often an added ingredient such as sugar, vinegar or other acidic liquid is added to further prevent the growth of bacteria. However one of the keys of food preservation is to maintain the original colour, texture, flavour and nutritional content of the food.

Preserving food by making jams and chutneys

While jam was created as a way of extending the life of fruits and vegetables, it has become a favourite foodstuff in its own right. While supermarket shelves have masses of jars of jam to choose from, it’s both easy and fun to make your own – and it’s a great way to use up the surplus from an over enthusiastic outing to the ‘pick your own’ farm!

In essence, the fruit or vegetable is cut or sometimes squashed then cooked with sugar and a little water. Commercial brands tend to use pectin or some other gelling agent to make sure their jams set but although you can buy special jamming sugar with added pectin, this is not really necessary for home made efforts. Chutneys are more or less a savoury version of jam and tend to be very flavoursome thanks to the addition of herbs and spices.

Preserving food with vinegar

Pickling is a way of preserving larger, savoury foods in vinegar or brine. Conveniently making a virtue out of necessity, foods such as pickled onions or gherkins end up with a tangy, sweet and sour taste that is enjoyable in its own right.

It’s not only vegetables that respond well to pickling – eggs, walnuts, cockles, mussels, herring and olives are popular Northern European condiments, while pickled seafood known as ‘ceviche’ is a popular South American dish.

You can make pickles with normal vinegar or buy a home pickling mixture that includes some herbs and spices.

As a guide to canning, you should always sterilise all bottles, jars and their associated lids before you add your home made jams, pickles or other preserves.

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Jam Jar Vases for Wedding

wedding jam jars

They may have been designed to house preserves, pickles and other foods, but the humble glass jar has become one of the most versatile objects in any household, with a multitude of uses both practical and decorative. No longer just used for kitchen storage, jam jar vases make a popular centrepiece at weddings and other events.

The Wares of Knutsford selection started with the basic jam jar, now available in a range of sizes and with lids in a choice of seven colours, and has grown to include miniature versions,, sweet shop jars, clip tops, spice jars and versions suitable for aromatherapy and cosmetic use in clear or amber glass. Brands include Kilner, Mason, Leifheit and Le Parfait, while you can also buy spare lids and choose from a wide range of decorative labels.

Flowers in wedding jam jars

It’s the pureness and simplicity of jam jar vases that have seen them become so popular at weddings. Brides and grooms are opting for lower key, more intimate celebrations that focus on the marriage rather than the wedding, eschewing excess and showy affairs. The Wares of Knutsford jars range offers a number of options ideal for honest and pretty table decorations.

Fitting the modern theme of these weddings, jam jar vases are filled with posies of wild flowers rather than mounds of hothouse blooms as table centrepieces. You can go for one basic flower variety but find it in various colourways or choose 6-8 different kinds of flowers in a toning colour story. Make sure the heights of the blooms vary for a more casual look. Build a base with three main types of flower and add in odd accent flowers. Hold the shape of the arrangement with a bit of tape around the stems, which you can them trim to the same length. Dipped in wedding jam jars half filled with water, there’s nothing prettier or easier to achieve.

Accessorise with other wedding jam jars

Stick with the theme of simplicity by offering wedding favours in miniature jars – think colourful selections of sweets such as jelly beans or sherbet pips. If you have the time (and the budget!) you could personalise the jars by filling them with little gifts for individual recipients. Present female guests with a miniature glass jar housing trinkets such as jewellery, children can have little jars of marbles or beads and male guests could be given miniature car models.

Just use your imagination for a really special and personal wedding celebration.

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