Wares of Knutsford originally became known as sellers of jam jars and other preserving equipment. Since then their range has expanded and they are now as popular as kitchenware, traditional household goods and medicine bottle suppliers.
Uses for empty medicine bottles
The Wares range includes sizes from miniature 5ml bottles up to 1l, in clear, green and traditional amber glass. They are topped by Bakelite screw lids, plastic screw tops and glass dropper tops. Customers have used them for a number of aromatherapy or pharmaceutical products, particularly to house their home made endeavours.
There are various pack sizes of empty medicine bottles available, from three bottles up to bulk buy packs of 36. These are particularly good value when you work out that Wares of Knutsford operates a flat delivery charge for any size of order.
Filling empty medicine bottles
Elderberries are packed with wonderful ingredients that make an excellent winter cough syrup. Elderberry trees grow wild quite often and the fruit ripens in late summer to autumn. Although more traditionally used in wine making, this syrup is easy to make and doesn’t require huge quantities of berries.
Each 250ml of berry juice will take:
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
1 slice fresh ginger
1 star anise
50ml runny honey
Destalk the elderberries – this is easier with a fork than your hands.
Add them to a heavy based saucepan and add enough water to cover all berries. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 15 minutes so that the berries are soft, then mash with a fork or potato masher to release the maximum amount of juice. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Strain the berry juice through a clean muslin cloth, pushing the remaining pulp down to make sure all the juice is extracted. You may want to strain the juice a second time for a finer consistency.
Add the honey and spices to the juice and return to the saucepan, then simmer for about 15 minutes more. Set aside to cool. Strain out the spices.
Once completely cool, pour the syrup through a funnel into sterilised amber glass bottles – the darker glass will help to preserve the syrup.
The sealed syrup can be kept in a refrigerator for up to three months and take a teaspoon every three hours if you are suffering with a cold or the flu. Alternatively, use as a cordial and dilute with water every day as a preventative measure.