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Bulk Jar and Bottle Supplier

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Glass jars and bottles can be used for a huge variety of domestic and commercial purposes, providing handy receptacles for a wide range of products. Rather than buying these individually, Wares offer some fantastic bulk glass bottles and jars packages. These offer substantial discounts on single purchases, representing great value. These orders can be custom packed according to your specifications to ensure your exact requirements are met.

Buy bulk jars for preserving

Preserving food and making jam are excellent ways to enjoy seasonal fruit throughout the entire year. Our bargain packs of glass bottles and jars are perfect for storing all your culinary creations. Each pack consists of 192 pieces, including lids. There are plenty of different shapes and sizes available, from miniature lidded jam jars through to larger jars and bottles ideal for pickling vegetables and preserving fruits. Hexagonal jars are popular for chutneys and relishes whilst the distinctive shape of our Bonne Maman jars gives your preserves an attractive artisan look. Verrine jars are ideally-shaped for pate or fruit cheese and smart enough to serve straight at the table. If you run a catering business producing handmade delicacies, purchasing our bulk packs of jars and bottles will guarantee you substantial savings. In addition you can buy bulk jars in a wide choice of styles, you can choose the colour of your lids from a varied section, including metallic, coloured and traditional gingham designs.

Buy bulk jars for other creative projects

Our glass jars and bottles are not just useful for preserving. Miniature globe clip top jars make unusual containers for all your herbs and spices. If you are running a school fete, large glass jars are invaluable for the always-popular sweet tombola. Our cosmetic jars are available in clear or amber tints and are ideally suited for products such as face creams or lip balms. We also supply bulk packs of bottles in an appealing assortment of designs. Miniature whisky bottles make lovely wedding favours or table decorations. Just fill them with a celebrated local spirit or your favourite liqueur for a delightful gift for your guests. UK mainland delivery is just £6.95, regardless of the size of your order, offering you great value alongside excellent customer service.

Buying bulk glass bottles or jars from Wares not only saves you money but allows you to individually tailor your package to suit your specific requirements. All our packs can be customised to suit your needs so contact Wares to discuss your request for custom packed bulk orders.

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The Largest Variety of Bottles Online

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From beautiful preserved fruits to your own beer brewed at home, there is an array of delicious produce you can create in your kitchen. Decanting your handiwork into specially designed bottles allows you to enjoy these treats throughout the year. Another advantage when you decide to buy bottles online is that you can order in large quantities. Not only does buying in bulk offer significant discounts, saving you money, but having your bottles delivered direct to your door means you don’t have to worry about the logistics of transporting them. At Wares of Knutsford we pride ourselves on being bottle suppliers with an enormous selection of different shapes and sizes of bottle to cater for every occasion.

Kitchen bottle suppliers

Preserving fruit and vegetables has been a tradition for hundreds of year. The resurgence in interest in kitchen gardening and growing your own means this culinary art is once again a popular pastime. We have a range of glass bottles perfect for storing a variety of goods, such as small fruits, homemade cordials or even salad dressings. Choose screw cap square bottles for ketchups and relishes or elegant cork stoppered ones for liqueurs. Swing top bottles make ideal containers for flavoured oils whilst many of our styles are also available in plastic if you need to transport your goods safely. Home brewing is an extremely popular hobby and we have all the essential kit. Lay down your homemade sloe gin in our attractive clip top bottles or opt for traditional green glass beer bottles for your ale and cider.

Decorative bottle suppliers

In addition to useful everyday glass bottles we also offer a wide choice of decorative glass containers. If you choose to give your carefully-crafted home produce as gifts, an appealing bottle makes a lovely finishing touch. Tall conical liqueur bottles give your gifts an elegant feel whilst our unusual wave bottles add a quirky touch. We even have an unusual triple bottle, featuring three small individually corked bottles that fit together to create one larger one. Our bottles are not just for kitchen use – we provide a fabulous selection of small apothecary bottles suitable for storing essential oils whilst our cute small decorative bottles make great containers for your very own blends of perfume.

It couldn’t be easier to buy bottles online, whether you are looking for just one special item or to purchase amazing value bulk buys. We have a huge variety to choose from, including versatile kitchen bottles and attractive decorative jars. Whatever you are looking for, you’re sure to find it amongst our great selection.

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Made With Love Jar

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There is a multitude of uses around the home for glass jars of all shapes and sizes. This stylish printed jam jar from Kitchen Craft is sure to quickly become a firm favourite. Not only does it have a capacity of 454ml (1lb), but also features a handy twist-off lid in elegant brushed steel. Embellished with an attractive pattern and decorated with the charming “Made With Love” slogan, it is the ideal jar for all your lovingly-prepared home produce.

Made With Love Jar – perfect in the kitchen

Making homemade chutneys and preserves is a very popular activity and this fetching printed jam jar makes a wonderful container. Whether you have made a simple berry jam or a flavoursome vegetable relish, this jar is the ideal receptacle. The clear glass shows off the contents to their best advantage whilst the traditional style and pretty lettering give the jar a charming vintage look. These lovely presentation jars are also a great option if you are giving some of kitchen creations away as presents. The message on the front adds a delightful personal touch and will give your gift an individual feel. If you would prefer, fill the Made with Love jar with all the dry ingredients necessary to make a tasty cake or a batch of biscuits. Carefully layering the different ingredients creates an eye-catching effect and makes a lovely unusual gift to give to friends and family.

Made With Love Jar – great for gifts

You don’t just have to give food gifts to use these attractive Made With Love Jars. They make stunning accessories as part of your wedding ornamentations. Scatter them around your dining tables as attractive decorations, filling them with long tapered candles or even little wands of bubbles for your guests to have fun with. Homemade sweets such as truffles or fudge make lovely little petit fours for you and the wedding guests to enjoy with coffee after the meal. Alternatively fill the jars with colourful jelly beans or boiled sweets as unusual wedding favours. Clear glass jars can also be used to store other, non-food products. Homemade bath salts or scented candles are often presented in attractive jars. You could even use them to make a special gift of shells or sand from a favourite beach as a treasured holiday memento.

These beautiful Made With Love Jars are the perfect containers for all kinds of home produce and will give your gifts that extra-special thoughtful touch.

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Buy Glass Sauce Bottles

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Among its range, Wares of Knutsford has a wide selection of glass sauce bottles. There are glass or plastic bottles, clear and coloured, in a variety of shapes and sizes and with different lids including dispensers. Pack sizes vary and remember that at Wares, the more you buy the cheaper they get!

With summer coming up, make sure you have a good supply of sauces ready for barbecues and outdoor entertaining! Served in proper bottles for sauces they’ll look professional but taste so much better than shop bought varieties.

Barbecue glass sauce bottles

  • 120g tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • Dash of Tabasco
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Quarter tsp mustard powder
  • Quarter tsp salt

Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat on medium to reach simmering point then remove from the heat. Pour into bottles for sauces while still warm, seal and store in the refrigerator. Serve on the side or use as a marinade before barbecuing your meat.

Salad cream glass sauce bottles

  • Yolks of 2 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 tbsp English mustard
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150ml olive oil

Place the egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar and cream into a food processor and blend until the mixture starts to thicken. Add the oil in a slow trickle so that the salad cream emulsifies and is smooth. Season to taste and decant into sauce bottles. Store in the refrigerator.

Pomegranate salad dressing

  • 4 tbsp pomegranate juice (shop bought or you can make your own: whizz the seeds of a pomegranate in a blender and sieve)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • Some extra pomegranate seeds
  • Half a teaspoon caster sugar

Add all the ingredients to your bottle or jar, seal tightly then shake thoroughly until well combined. Store in the refrigerator for up to five days and serve over couscous, rice and green salads.

Ginger soy dressing

  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • Half an onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh root ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Add all the ingredients to a blender with a tablespoon of water and whizz for a minute or two until smooth, then pour through a funnel into the sauce bottles. Serve with barbecued tuna or steak and salad.

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New In – Bubble Glass Jar

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Wares of Knutsford is particularly pleased to show off the new addition to our bottles and jars range, the 500ml glass bubble jar. It comes in a heavyweight clear glass with a choice of three corks – natural mushroom shaped, natural tapered and wooden topped ball. The bubble shaped jar can be bought singly or in packs of six or 12.

This versatile and decorative bottle is suitable for a number of uses – oils, liqueurs, cordials and other culinary liquids for example but also bathroom products and cosmetics.

Rhubarb cordial in the glass bubble jar

The attractive glass bubble shape of this bottle is ideal for showing off the delicious pink of this seasonal cordial. Grab some rhubarb quickly before it goes over!

To make about 1 litre:

  • 1.5kg fresh rhubarb
  • Caster sugar to taste
  • Lemon juice

Add the rhubarb and 75ml of water to a large saucepan and cook on a low heat. When the rhubarb starts to release its juices, increase the heat a little and keep cooking until the rhubarb is nice and soft.

Place a large, clean muslin square into a bowl and tip the rhubarb into it. Pull up the corners of the muslin square and tie them together to make a parcel. Hang this over the bowl and leave to drain for a good few hours. Give it a good squeeze to get all the liquid out.

Measure out the juice and for each litre add about 750g of caster sugar and 75ml lemon juice, depending how sweet or tart you want it to taste. Return to the saucepan and heat on medium, stirring regularly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Don’t allow to reach boiling point.

Pour through a funnel into sterilised bottles while still warm and seal. Serve over ice with still or sparkling water at about one part cordial to three parts water.

Blackcurrant cordial in the glass bubble jar

Later in the year, this dark colour makes for a glamorous and dramatic bottle filling.

  • 500g blackcurrants
  • 275g sugar
  • 250ml water
  • Half a teaspoon citric acid

Place the fruit, sugar and water into a large, heavy based saucepan and simmer gently for about five minutes. Use a potato masher on the fruit to break it up a bit – it will release more juice that way.

Add the citric acid and cook for a further two minutes.

Use a muslin square and bowl to drain the mixture as above, then pour the extracted liquid through a funnel into the sterilised bottles. Store in the refrigerator, serve as with the rhubarb.

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Mini Glass Milk Bottles

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Do you remember being served milk in a small glass bottle with a straw, every day at school break time? If so, you’ll be particularly delighted by Wares of Knutsford’s new small glass milk bottle range. Even if that era was before your time, you’ll still be charmed by the simple bottles. The vintage style bottles come in 250ml and 500ml sizes, with twist off lids in a choice of gold, silver or black. The bottles can be bought in three pack sizes – 12, 24 and 36, with the unit price getting cheaper as the pack size gets larger.

Using small glass milk bottles as wedding favours

Many customers have been buying the small glass milk bottles to use as part of their wedding celebrations, as a neat and elegant way of displaying wedding favours and table decorations. Today’s weddings tend to be simpler in style than in days gone by and a simple posy of flowers in the clear glass bottles often looks more appropriate and stylish than elaborate (and expensive!) arranged flowers.

For wedding favours, couples have been filling the bottles with all sorts of goodies including sweets, trinkets and home made cordials and liqueurs. This is not only less costly than bought in wedding favour arrangements but is also more personal. Don’t forget to set up some decorative labels to mark the occasion including the date, location and other salient details. If there’s time and space, you can create a label specific to each guest, including their name.

Along with table decorations, the small glass bottles make lovely displays in the home. Drop a few small, coloured glass beads in the bottom and use to display flowers from your garden which are only available in small quantities. You may not have enough to make an impressive bunch, but one or two blooms in a trio of bottles makes for a pretty, unpretentious arrangement.

Small glass milk bottles for children’s drinks

Children will be charmed by the idea of drinking out of glass bottles with a straw. Not only the novelty factor but the adult appeal of the clear glass (make sure they handle with care!) rather than bright plastic will make them feel grown up.

If you’re struggling to persuade your child to drink milk, water or other healthy beverages, use the small glass bottles to up their attractiveness. Children can be easily bribed with novelties!

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Buy Green Wine Bottles

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If you’re a home brewer, you’ll find green wine bottles lend your product a sophisticated, professional air.

Why green wine bottles?

Some wine producers have adopted a certain shape or colour of bottle for their wine as an identifying characteristic – think Mateus Rose’s Franken flask (which unfortunately led to a major law suit). However originally wine was housed in tinted glass, particularly green glass bottles, to avoid the tannins and other chemical contents within being degraded by sunlight. The same applies to beer and other alcoholic drinks along with various medicines and oils. On the other hand a conflicting argument suggests that, as wine is an ancient beverage, it was originally housed in green bottles because at that stage glass makers hadn’t worked out how to produce clear glass yet!

Either way, these days storage tends to be less of an issue, so you’ll often find wine in clear or other colours of glass, but for many wine producers tradition still holds sway. Typically darker green bottles are used for champagnes and red wines and lighter green bottles for whites. Sweet, dessert wines are often found in clear or amber glass bottles. New world producers tend to opt for clear glass for their white wines. Wines meant to be drunk while still young, such as whites, are considered safer in lighter bottles as they will have less time to be affected by exposure to light, while reds were made to be stored, often for years, and so needed the protection of dark glass more.

Green wine bottles from Wares of Knutsford

Wares of Knutsford sells clear and green glass bottles in the traditional shape and 750ml size for wine. These can be bought in packs of six, 12, 24 or 36 depending on how enthusiastic you are about your home brewing and, thanks to economies of scale, the unit price gets cheaper the more you buy. Corks are available to purchase separately.

The classic Bordeaux bottle with straight sides and high, curved shoulders is the most commonly used shape for wine but it’s not exclusive. You may want to consider a more decorative bottle from our wide range if giving as a gift or you may even prefer to serve wine from an attractive decanter at the dinner table.

Remember that Wares of Knutsford charges a flat delivery fee no matter how much you order so you can buy larger packs without worrying about escalating delivery charges.

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Mini Sweet Jars for Wedding Favours

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Wares of Knutsford has launched a new shopping section for wedding favours, featuring mini sweet jars, bottles and pots. These days wedding favours are expected to feature a personal touch, which often involves the bride and groom coming up with their own ideas. These may involve handmade items or simply feature objects of interest relevant to the couple and the occasion.

Adult wedding favours in mini jars

A simple option involves filling miniature bottles with a liqueur – it’s colourful and delicious, but won’t be suitable for all guests. However few people are determined to turn down home made sweets in small quantities. Just decorate your jars prettily with labels and ribbons that fit in with the occasion and colour scheme.

Chocolate truffles

Quantities make 50:

  • 280g dark chocolate, chopped (go for good quality, 70% cocoa solids varieties)
  • 284ml double cream
  • 50g butter

Heat the cream and butter together very gently, stirring regularly, in a saucepan until melted and simmering. Pour into a large bowl with the chocolate and stir until it has all melted together into a smooth mixture.

At this stage you can add flavourings of your choice, separating the mixture into different bowls for the different flavours. Add a teaspoon at a time of Grand Marnier, orange zest and juice, coconut rum or a few drops of peppermint essence, for example. You can also leave the mixture plain. Leave to cool in the refrigerator for about four hours.

Use a melon baller to shape the truffles, finishing off with your hands (coated in oil to avoid sticking). The shaped truffle balls should be dipped in bowls of toppings of your choice to decorate – consider crushed nuts, desiccated coconut, cocoa powder or edible gold leaf. Alternatively, dip into or pipe over melted white and dark chocolate. Can be made up to a month in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Wedding favours for children in mini jars

Unless you’re having an ultra civilised celebration with children excluded, you’ll need to think of an appropriate wedding favours selection for your junior guests. These are most easily contained within mini sweet jars, which will help the kids to keep their prize together both during the wedding and at home. Fortunately children are easy to please with gifts, so mini jars filled with a selection of sweets or small toys such as beads, plastic jewellery, colourful stickers, pens and pencils, jigsaw pieces or marbles should keep them occupied while the adults are enjoying a more sophisticated party.

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Storing Your Spices

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Spice jars or other appropriate storage have an important role to play in your kitchen. This is because the colour, aroma and taste of herbs and spices can degrade over time. In order to maintain them at optimum quality they should be kept in a cool, dry place to avoid exposure to heat, moisture, oxygen and bright lights such as direct sunlight.

Advice for storing spices

It may be difficult to organise in a smaller kitchen but herbs and spices should not be kept close to ovens, hobs, dishwashers or refrigerators which can expose them to steam or heat. While will affect the flavour, moisture can cause clumps or cakiness to ground products.

For the same reason, containers must be airtight, so glass spice jars with tight screw lids will protect against moisture and preserve the oils that impart the rich aromas and flavours of the spices. Lids should always be tightly closed.

Storing spices by type

Different types of herbs and spices have different shelf lives and some therefore require different storage conditions. Spices and herbs in their whole form have a longer storage life than those which have been ground. Spices such as allspice or nutmeg have a protective outer shell that stops them being exposed to oxygen and maintaining freshness and so can last up to three years if properly stored. Ground spices tend to pass their best after about a year.

Consider storing spices with a red hue in the refrigerator – things like cayenne pepper, chilli powder and paprika – to avoid losing colour and flavour, particularly in hotter weather. Oil rich seeds such as sesame or poppy could also benefit from refrigeration or even freezing so that they don’t go rancid. However make sure they are well sealed as the interior of a refrigerator is a humid environment.

Using your spices

Spices can’t be taken away once added. You can always add more but you can’t ‘unspice’, so add them a little at a time and build up the flavour until you are happy. The point of herbs and spices is to compliment the flavour of a dish rather than overpower it.

Remember that dried or ground herbs and spices have a more concentrated flavour than fresh. Dishes that have a long cooking time such as those made in a slow cooker should not have herbs or spices added more than hour before the serving time so that the herbs maintain a fresh taste. Seasoned too early, the flavour of spices could intensify and be overpowering.

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More Than Just Jam Jars

wares of knutsfordCustomers may have originally become aware of Wares of Knutsford as a useful online preserving resource but in fact there’s far more to the story.

All about Wares of Knutsford – the past

Do you remember those old fashioned hardware shops that used to be a fixture of every high street, where you could buy absolutely anything? There was one at 72 King Street in Knutsford, Cheshire. Having been open for about two hundred years, changing fashions in commerce saw the business close. In 1992 one Valerie Byles, having moved to Knutsford to escape the rat race and fallen in love with her new home town, decided the idea of a traditional hardware store still had legs and determined to reopen Wares of Knutsford on the site of the original shop. An old customer request book kept on the original counter drove the stock purchase and the new Wares quickly became popular as the town’s Aladdin’s Cave, the kind of shop where the good old fashioned values of courtesy and personal service reigned supreme.

In time success drove a move to a larger store on Princess Street, still in Knutsford, which allowed a larger choice of stock including ironmongery, hardware, kitchenware, a range of gifts and pet supplies. However with the advent of the internet and the demise of the British high street, the traditional store front was no longer a viable way of trading. Nonetheless founder Val saw that there was still a demand for her products and moved to online trading.

All about Wares of Knutsford – the present

Jam jars and other jam making equipment were for a long time the focal point of the business and as the premiere online preserving resource, Val became known by the nickname ‘Jam Jar Lady’. However Wares’ wares don’t stop there – traditional enamelware has been popular for the last twenty years and, along with the vintage style Mason Cash pottery range, is even more in vogue nowadays to appease the trend for vintage.

In 2012 the website was relaunched to make sure the company catered to current trends along with its more traditional market. A vintage decor was used to reflect the company’s classic values but the site is thoroughly modern with its easy navigation and user friendly customer service.

There are seasonal specialities, a regular newsletter and blog and a thriving online community, not to mention a set price for delivery, bargain bulk buys and plenty of special offers. If you have any questions about the stock or how to purchase, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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Pack of 18 Mini Glass Bottles

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Wares of Knutsford has offered creative and value for money supplies for crafters for a long time, but has recently come up with a particularly interesting new package of bottles for crafts.

Crafters Starter Pack 1 – 18 small glass bottles

There are endless uses for small glass bottles in cooking, cosmetics preparation and all sorts of crafts. This new package includes three of the most popular shapes of small glass bottles for crafts. There are six miniature whisky bottles in 50ml size, six square glass Frantorini bottles at 60ml and six 32ml ink bottles. The whisky and ink bottles come with EPE lined aluminium screw caps coloured silver and the Frantorini bottles come with black plastic screw caps. The whisky bottles are ideal for home made liqueurs while the versatile Frantorini bottles can be used for all sorts of culinary or crafting recipes – liqueurs, cordials, flavoured oils, cosmetics such as body lotions, skin toners or perfumes or massage oils for example. Miniature ink bottles are great for holding unique, economical wedding favours such as home made sweets or small toys such as beads and marbles for children.

Check out the rest of Wares of Knutsford’s wide range of bottles, which includes a variety of colours, shapes and sizes for all sorts of different purposes. Bottles are available singly or in excellent value bulk packs. Wares of Knutsford’s delivery charge is not dependent upon order size so it makes sense to buy in bulk.

Fill your small glass bottles with home made Irish cream

This ridiculously indulgent and very adult treat makes an unusual and memorable gift. Present in miniature whisky bottles, prettily labelled, to be served over ice or in coffee.

  • 250ml single cream
  • 397g tin condensed milk
  • 350ml Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Camp coffee essence
  • 3 teaspoons chocolate sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence

Start by sterilising your small glass bottles. The easiest way to do this is by running them through the hot cycle in a dishwasher. Alternatively you can boil them in plenty of water for 5-10 minutes or place on a baking sheet in an oven at 160*C for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool before filling.

The Irish cream is very easy to make – simply add all the ingredients to a blender and whizz together for about 30 seconds or until well combined. Add a little extra Camp or chocolate sauce according to taste. Pour the Irish cream into the cooled, sterilised bottles, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to two months. Shake the bottles well before opening.

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Where to buy Marmalade Jars

Fruity jars of marmalade give a taste of summer all year round. To make your own, you’ll need a large preserving pan, sugar thermometer, funnel, muslin, string, a couple of frozen plates and some sterilised jars for marmalade.

How to make home made marmalade jars

  • 900g Seville oranges, halved
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1.5kg preserving sugar
  • 2.8 litres water

Squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons into the preserving pan, reserving the skins, including the pips and pith. Put the pith and pips into a clean square of muslin and tie into a parcel with string – when cooked they provide the pectin to help the mixture to set.

Chop the orange skins finely and add, with the water, to the preserving pan with the juice. Add the muslin parcel and use the string to tie it to the saucepan handle – this makes it easy to remove the parcel later.

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Bring the mixture to the boil then simmer gently for a couple of hours, until the orange skin pieces grow soft and transparent. Add the sugar and bring the mixture back to the boil, stirring regularly until the sugar has dissolved completely. Keep the mixture at a fast boil until the marmalade reaches the 105ºC setting temperature. This should take about 10-20 minutes. You can test the setting point by dropping a teaspoon of the mixture onto a frozen plate. If the marmalade has thickened and wrinkles when poked after about a minute, it is ready. Otherwise continue to boil until it reaches this point. You may have to test the marmalade a few times before you decide setting point has been reached.

Turn off the heat and leave the marmalade to cool for 20 minutes before decanting into your jars for marmalade through a funnel. Seal the jars thoroughly with a wax disc and screw top.

Giving home made marmalade jars as gifts

Marmalade jars give off a beautiful, warm glow that makes an attractive and economical Christmas gift. Make your product look professional by sourcing some decorative jars for marmalade from among the range by Wares of Knutsford. Even if you prefer traditional, marmalade jars, make sure you label them prettily and present them with a ribbon or gift tag. The label should advise the contents of the jar and a date, plus a seasonal message if you wish.

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Kitchen Storage Ideas

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When you’re looking for ways to personalise your kitchen, think beyond the usual accessories. Everyone has a bin, a kettle, tea towels, a knife rack and so on, but where you can get really creative for an unusual look is by considering kitchen storage ideas.

Kitchen storage ideas with crates

Whether your kitchen is rustic in style or more modern, you can use old wooden crates to amazing effect to create storage. Old apple or wine crates can be stacked in a drawer effect or, more interestingly, turned on their sides and fixed to the wall through the base to create a funky, open shelving effect. In a rustic kitchen, they work well lined up for a classic look. However, arranged in a geometric pattern on the wall, with a variety of sizes and depths used, crate shelving makes a unique focal point in a clean, sleek and modern kitchen.

If you’re handy with tools, you can consider installing a set of rods turning your crate storage into a plate rack or create individual sections to house mugs, bowls and glasses.

Making kitchen storage ideas decorative

Storage needs to be focused on the practical rather than the frivolous, but that doesn’t mean it has to look unattractive.

Having arranged the crates to your satisfaction on the wall, the key to a stylish look is how you fill them. If you don’t have smart dishes or other items you want to display, you can still make your shelves look decorative rather than showing off your cereal boxes. Investigate attractive storage ideas for the kitchen such as jars, bottles and tins to house your dried goods. A large glass jar of cereal looks decorative in a way that an open bag or box does not. Shallow shelves are ideal for a neat collection of herbs and spices, but make sure they are decanted into matching small jars – again you want the look to be smart and coherent rather than scruffy and slapdash.

You can then turn your attention to more frivolous additions. Home grown herbs are useful in the kitchen when cooking but also look great trailing down wooden crates used as shelves. Don’t hesitate to add personal touches such as photos, trinkets and your collection of cookbooks – you’ll be surprised how well these fit in and work to soften what can be a rather utilitarian area. Just err on the side of caution – you want it to look homely rather than the lair of a hoarder!

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Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

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You don’t have to be a genius with a needle and thread or massively creative to come up with achievable and effective handmade Christmas craft ideas. Make sure your gifts have the personal touch this year.

Christmas craft ideas that don’t require sewing skills

Scrabble letters picture

Spell out a message to a loved one using Scrabble letters, glued on to a pretty square of fabric or backing paper set into a decorative frame. Kid will really enjoy helping you with this simple project.

Pretty flip flops

Start with a cheap, plain pair of flip flops. Use a glue gun and a selection of fabric flowers or other embellishments to glam up the sandals and make them suitable for the funkiest beach holiday.

Earring display

Find an old picture frame – it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit scruffy – and paint in gloss black, silver or gold. Use tiny hooks and some fishing line and string two lines evenly spaced across the empty frame. The result is storage as art – put the frame on the wall and hang earrings from the lines.

Hand scrub

Take one and a half cups of sugar, a third of a cup of seas salt, one cup of olive oil, zest of one large lemon and quarter of a teaspoon of lemon extract. Mix well to combine then spoon into pretty jars, decorate then gift as home made hand scrub.

Foodie Christmas craft ideas

Home made biscuits, jams and other food items are always popular gifts but can be predictable. You could give a twist on the cookie idea by making a cookie baking jar – fill a large, sterilised jar with the ingredients needed for the recipient to make the cookies themselves. Arrange the ingredients in neat layers and create an attractive label with the cooking instructions.

Wares of Knutsford’s glass bottle range includes a funky triple bottle in one, which you can fill with whatever ingredients you think will appeal. You can go with traditional flavoured oils or syrups or use your imagination and fill the bottles with a selection of bath bubbles, body lotions or other cosmetics.

Handmade advent calendars

Personalised advent calendars are nothing new but are one of those handmade Christmas gift ideas that always bring smiles to faces. You can make or buy an advent calendar frame and fill it with little gifts that you know will be appreciated – favourite chocolates, new socks, cosmetics, tools, miniature toys. This is your chance to show your loved ones just how well you know them.

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Where to Buy 100ml Glass Bottles

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The Wares of Knutsford 100ml glass bottles and jars range has a shape or design to suit pretty much every need, whether it’s culinary, cosmetic or any other kind of craft or decorating.

Buy 100ml glass bottles in bulk

Ware of Knutsford supplies to private and trade buyers, with purchase sizes from single items to massive, value for money bargain packs. Remember that the Wares of Knutsford delivery charge remains the same no matter how small or large your order, so buying in bulk allows you to save money by taking advantages of economies of scale. All orders are carefully packed for protection in transit and delivery is swift.

The range of 100ml bottles and jars available includes various different shapes, colours, stoppers and materials including glass and plastic. The 100ml PVC press cap plastic bottles are particularly useful for decanting cosmetic products to use on holiday, as they comply with airlines’ hand luggage restrictions on carrying liquids.

Buy 100ml glass bottles for decorating around the home

There are so many ways to pretty up your home with the simple purchase of a few glass bottles and jars. Just think about decanting your washing up liquid from its plastic bottle to decorative 100ml glass bottles or larger – it’s such an easy fix and your sink area immediately looks more elegant and attractive.

Use a variety of sizes of glass jar to add a blingy touch on a budget: brush the inside of some clean jars with watered down PVA glue. Sprinkle glitter in the colours of your choice inside the jars, rolling them around to help the glitter achieve an even coating around the jars. Light the jars with a tealight for an amazingly ethereal but glamorous effect.

Help your children to organise their sundry bits and pieces: Take a collection of small, animal figurines such as rabbits, squirrels, frogs and deer. Use super glue to fix the model animals to the lids of the jars, then spray paint the whole in a colour that co-ordinates with your child’s room. Your little one then has attractive, animal themed storage for marbles, beads, crayons, hair accessories and all the other small sized paraphernalia cluttering up the house.

Assemble a small collection of 100ml glass bottles in a variety of shapes and sizes. Display in a group with a single flower or frond of greenery in each one – a grouped display is very modern and can have far more impact than a bunch of flowers in a vase in the traditional way.

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Amber Glass Bottles

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Our amber coloured bottles may be prized as decorative, but actually that amber colour has a practical purpose. A number of medicinal or kitchen ingredients have a tendency to degrade upon exposure to light, so the dark colour of amber glass bottles screens out harmful UV rays to offer a protective, preservative effect. Amber is more effective than green or blue glass in its protective effect.

How amber glass bottles are made

While early glass makers were obliged to find techniques for filtering out impurities in the raw material to create clear glass, coloured glass later became prized for its decorative properties. There are various methods used to colour glass, usually involving chemical additives, but an amber effect is generally created by adding ions during the manufacturing process. Sulphur, carbon and iron salts result in iron polysulfides that impart an amber tint to the glass. This can range from a warm yellow to very dark brown, almost black. Occasionally silver has been used to obtain the same effect and cadmium was once used for a similar yellowish tint, however its toxic properties saw it fall out of favour. Similarly, manganese compounds produce a beautiful and highly prized amethyst tinted glass, iron or chromium make green glass, copper produces vibrant turquoise glass and cobalt results in the very popular blue glass.

Amber glass bottles in history

Amber coloured bottles were in wide use during the 19th and 20th centuries. Early beer bottles were commonly amber in colour to preserve beer from light degradation. Early glass making techniques involved mixing compounds manually, resulting in wide shade variations. As glass production graduated to automated techniques, the colour range became more uniform. These days amber is used particularly to preserve medicinal liquids from light. Aromatherapy oils and cosmetic lotions are often best stored in amber glass bottles and jars, while modern beer is still best when protected from excess light.

The Wares of Knutsford range includes amber jars for cosmetic creams and lotions, along with medicine bottles and dropper bottles, plus amber glass beer bottles for home brewers. Sizes range from 5ml to one litre, with a choice of caps. Remember there’s a fixed delivery charge no matter how large your order, so benefit from economies of scale and order in bulk and don’t forget to sterilise your bottles and jars before you fill them. Take care to label the contents carefully for safety and convenience.

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Screw Top Glass Bottles

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A glut of any ingredient is most easily used by freezing, however not all fruits and vegetables respond well to freezing and making your own sauces and chutneys is a far more creative way of dealing with an excess.

Apart from your ingredients and some recipe ideas, you will need a small amount of equipment:

  • A large, heavy based pan
  • A selection of sterilised bottles with screw tops
  • A funnel
  • Labels

Raspberry coulis in screw top glass bottles

There’s blanket raspberry coverage at the end of summer and this versatile sauce can be used in a number of recipes. Coulis are very simple to make but look and taste sophisticated. You can buy screw top glass bottles specifically designed for coulis but realistically, any bottles with screw tops will do.

  • 250g raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon

Heat all of the ingredients together in a large, heavy based pan until the fruit starts to break up. Blend until smooth in a food processor then sieve to remove the seeds. Decant into sterilised, screw top glass bottles (this is where you need the funnel!) and store in the fridge for up to a week. Serve with ice cream, cereal, baked apples, cheesecake or even as a base for milkshake.

Cranberry sauce

  • 100g muscovado sugar
  • 100ml orange juice, fresh or from concentrate
  • 250g cranberries, fresh or frozen

Bring the sugar and orange juice to the boil in a large, heavy based pan. Add the cranberries and simmer for 5-10 minutes. The fruits should be soft but not mushy. Set aside to cool and thicken. Store in screw top bottles in the fridge for up to a week and serve at room temperature. Serve with roast poultry or with cold meats in sandwiches.

Sterilising screw top glass bottles

When decanting food into glass bottles or jars, it’s essential to sterilise first. This will not only help to avoid illness but also help to preserve the condition of your products. The easiest way to sterilise your bottles is to run them through the hot cycle in the dishwasher. Alternatively, boil in a large pan of water for five minutes or heat in an oven at low temperature for 10 minutes. Add the sauces to the bottles while both are still slightly warm.

When preserving, always make sure you obtain a fully airtight seal, again both for freshness and safety. Label each bottle or jar with its contents and a use by date.

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How to Make Vinaigrette

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Without the aid of a bit of vinaigrette, summer’s salads are simply leaves. Dressing a salad turns it from something rather dreary into a thing of awesome depth and sophistication and there’s no end to the flavours you can incorporate. Furthermore, it’s so simple! Here are a couple of ideas of how to make vinaigrette to make your salads come alive.

How to Make Vinaigrette – Basic French Dressing Recipe

The concept of how to make vinaigrette in its most basic form has undergone a lot of adulteration over the years. A popular bone of contention is the ratio of oil to vinegar. The 3:1 in this recipe can easily be adjusted to 2:1 for those who prefer a more acidic tang.

  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon runny honey
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the salt, Dijon and honey to a screw top jar and stir together well to form a paste. Add the vinegar and keep stirring to combine. Add the oil last, then screw the lid on tightly and shake like mad until the mixture emulsifies. The vinaigrette can be stored in the fridge until you’re ready to use it but will separate and need to be re-shaken to serve.

How to Make Vinaigrette – Mango Vinaigrette Recipe

This elegant, fruity dressing works particularly well with a spinach leaf and avocado salad, paired with a seared steak.

  • ½ a ripe mango, peeled, stoned and roughly chopped
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1 teaspoon runny honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Whizz up the mango, lime juice and honey in a hand blender until they form a smooth paste. Add the oil and whizz again for a few seconds. Season well and whizz again, then serve immediately.

How to Make Vinaigrette – The Rules

There are a few basic rules to remember when dressing your salad that will keep it crispy and delicious rather than limp and pathetic. Always make sure your salad leaves are dry or the dressing will simply slide off. The idea is to give a light coating to the leaves rather than drown them, so use sparingly. Pour a little of the vinaigrette into the base of the bowl first, then add the leaves followed by a little more dressing, before tossing carefully together. This seems to give better coverage than pouring alone. Don’t dress the leaves in advance or they’ll wilt. Add your vinaigrette in the last moments before serving.

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Olive Oil Bottles

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Infusing herbs into bottles for olive oil is an age old tradition, used as a simple salad dressing, to jazz up plain pasta or simply to be dipped into with chunky bread. It is easy and rewarding to make at home for even the novice cook and makes a great gift.

There are a few basic rules to follow for the best results. Start with a good quality olive oil and always use fresh herbs rather than dried – organic or ideally from your own garden are best, both to obtain the best flavour and avoid chemical taints. Wash and dry your herbs carefully before using.

Choose your olive oil bottles carefully. You’ll need a good seal for safety and preservation, while more decorative shapes can be appropriate if the olive oil bottles will be on display or given as gifts. Wares of Knutsford’s range includes round, square and elegantly shaped bottles in a variety of sizes, with a selection of cork, aluminium or bakelite tops. Always sterilise your bottles before use!

Maximising flavour in olive oil bottles

Put your herbs on a wooden board and crush gently to bruise the leaves before putting them in the olive oil bottles. This allows the oils in the herbs to release their flavours into the oil. You can also add fresh spices, which should be lightly toasted then crushed with a pestle and mortar before using. Thin slices of fruits such as lemons or bold chilli peppers both look decorative and add a marvellous depth of flavour.

After adding your chosen flavouring elements, fill the bottles to the top with olive oil, seal well and store in a cool, dark place to allow the flavours to infuse for about two weeks. You can taste the oil occasionally to see how it’s doing. If you prefer a subtler taste you’ll probably prefer to strain out the solid elements and re-bottle the oil once you’ve reached the required depth of flavour, however many people like to see the ingredients in the oil for the decorative effect they lend.

Rosemary olive oil bottles

One of the simplest but most effective flavour combinations. Add half a cup of virgin olive oil and 3 fresh sprigs of rosemary to a small pan and cook gently for about five minutes, until a thermometer reads 80ºC – do not allow to boil. Allow to cool to room temperature then decant into a bottle and seal. The oil will keep for up to one month.

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Vinaigrette Bottles

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The different shapes and styles of bottles for vinaigrette, oil, sauces, liqueurs and other products may seem to be guided simply by personal preference, but in fact there are also practical considerations at play. Commercial enterprises will want to consider storage, packaging and how to make their vinaigrette bottles stand out from the competition, while those buying for personal use may be more interested in decorative effects.

Choice of colour will depend on the contents and storage conditions – light can degrade the quality of oils and some other ingredients, so green glass can be preferable for preservation purposes. However it can also be a shame to obscure attractive contents such as the gentle greeny gold glow of good quality olive oil and elements such as fresh herbs inside.

Bottle style guide

In Europe there are common names given to particular shapes or styles of bottle. The following classic styles are available from Wares of Knutsford:

Marasca vinaigrette bottles

The Marasca is a very practical bottle shape, tall and square with a round neck and the most traditional shape for oils. The compact, regular footprint allows for convenient storage while the straight sides make for neat label application. They make ideal oil or vinaigrette bottles but can also be used for all kinds of syrups or liqueurs and are available with screw or spout tops in clear or green glass. Sizes range from 125ml to 1 litre.

Bellolio bottle

This is a more decorative version of the Marasca, tapering slightly towards the bottom and with gently rounded edges. It is ideal for gifts or wedding favours and comes with a cork stopper, in clear glass in 250ml size.

Dorica vinaigrette bottles

Dorica is an elegant shape for bottles for vinaigrette – tall, slim and round with a distinctly formed shoulder. The simple silhouette looks modern and can be used for sauces, liqueurs or juices in addition to the more traditional oils and dressings. Sizes range from 100ml to 750ml in clear or green glass, with screw tops.

Taverna oil bottle

This romantic, rustic bottle is curvy with a useful handle. It comes with a cork top in clear glass and two different sizes. These are the classic “restaurant table” vinaigrette bottles.

Vintage oil bottles

What this shape lacks in Latin flair it makes up for in practical application, with a slightly wider but shorter neck. It comes in clear glass with a screw, twist or cork top and three different sizes. Useful for sauces and thicker liquids.

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