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The versatility of milk bottles

The versatility of milk bottles 

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

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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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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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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Milk bottles for parties

Milk bottles for parties

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When it comes to organising parties, whether for adults or children, it is often the small details that really make a difference and show that you have put a lot of time and thought into the event. From the overall theme of your party down to what you choose to serve your drinks in, every element adds to the overall effect and combines to make a party something to remember. In today’s post, we take a look at glass milk bottles and how they can be used creatively.

Milk bottles for children’s parties

With a little imagination, small glass milk bottles can add a fun twist to children’s parties. For winter parties, use glue dots to add three buttons to the outside of the bottle and fix a small felt scarf around the neck. Fill the bottle with milk and hey presto, your bottles have turned into mini snowmen! Add a striped straw and pop some ring biscuits or a mini doughnut over the top of the straw to rest on the lip of the bottle. What child could resist milk and sweet treats presented in such a cute way?

In addition to plain milk, milk shakes are always popular at parties. Jazz up a plain milkshake by dipping the rim in melted chocolate and pressing this firmly into a dish of sprinkles, also known as hundreds and thousands. Again, top with a straw for a fun and colourful effect that children will adore.

Milk bottles for grown-up parties

These cute glass milk bottles are not just for children. They work just as brilliantly at grown-up parties, showing off your creative cocktails through the glass. For a rich and decadent treat, try chocolate martinis or coconut mojitos. You can still decorate the rim of the bottles as we described above; however, instead of sprinkles, try toasted coconut or finely chopped almond flakes.

Our larger milk bottles might be a little on the big side for serving drinks, but they can still be put to good use at parties. Use them as vases in groups of three to five for simple arrangements of cut flowers or twigs. Alternatively, wind a string of tiny LED lights inside a bottle to provide a simple lighting solution. This kind of thing really works well with the vintage-inspired and back-to-basics themes that are so on trend.

If you have a party coming up soon, why not check out our range of glass milk bottles to see how they could add a certain something to your event?

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Fun with small milk bottles

Three bottles of cold lemonade with lemon slices and straws isolated on a white background

Three bottles of cold lemonade with lemon slices in 250ml milk bottles.

Fun with small milk bottles

 We are feeling nostalgic in today’s post, as we look at those small milk bottles we all remember from our school days and at how they can be used today, both for drinks and in vintage-inspired craft projects.

Who remembers the days of free school milk? You have to be of a certain age to remember school milk in little glass bottles. Some children loved it, and some hated it. Sometimes it was refreshing and cold, and sometimes it was slightly warm and unappetising; however, it was all part of those early school years. For many of us, it is one of our earliest memories, which is why we look back at it so fondly – regardless of whether we enjoyed our actual school days.

 Small milk bottles for crafts

 Bottles of all shapes and sizes lend themselves very well to being used as vases, of course, and our small milk bottles are no exception. Cluster them in a group of six or seven and place a single flower stem in each bottle. Tulips and bluebells work well; however, if you grow flowers in your garden, why not pick a mixed bunch and place a different stem in each bottle for a country bouquet effect?

 These bottles can be left plain for a simple, vintage-thrift look; alternatively, you can decorate them for a more contemporary style. You can paint the outside of the glass or pour paint inside the bottle and swirl it around to coat the inside – both work well and give an amazing effect. Try painting the outside of the bottle white or cream and then add polka dots of different colours around the bottle for a fun and unique new vase that looks a lot more expensive than it really is.

 Small milk bottles for weddings

 One of the prettiest ideas we have seen for using milk bottles at weddings is to carefully glue some decorative lace around the bottom half of the bottle and place a dainty sprig of white gypsophila in the bottle, using it as a vase. Grouped together in threes, these bottle vases look so romantic and sophisticated.

 Small milk bottles with lids can also be used to serve fun drinks at weddings. Whether elderflower champagne, grapefruit prosecco or pink lemonade, serving these drinks in small milk bottles with lids and a straw will look fabulous and lend a sense of vintage-inspired fun to the proceedings.

Whether for the home or for your wedding, a small milk bottle can become an elegant and unfussy accessory with a timeless vintage charm.

 

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