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Glass Water Bottles for Hotels

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If you are running a hotel or are simply aiming for that chic, boutique hotel look at home, Wares of Knutsford has a great range of glass bottles for water. It’s a simple trick, but serving your water in a glass water bottles rather than plastic ones can make such a difference to the look of your table and to your overall image. Whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner or just with drinks, a smart glass bottle for water will really finish your table setting.

Swing top glass water bottles

Glass bottles for water with swing tops have a cute, retro look about them and are easy to care for in a hotel environment, as the attached tops don’t get lost. Wares of Knutsford can offer standard swing top bottles or more deluxe or Sorrento varieties, in clear or coloured glass and in a range of different sizes. If you want to go even more decorative, Costolata bottles have a faceted silhouette for a modern look.

Screw top glass water bottles

More traditional in a hotel, screw top glass bottles for water look stylish and professional. Wares of Knutsford offers a range of shapes and sizes including mineral bottles or skittle bottles, with screw caps in a variety of colours. Sizes start at 250ml, going on to 330ml, 500ml, 750ml and 1 litre. Spare tops are available.

Wares of Knutsford has put a lot of time into curating what we believe to be the best selection of glass water bottles online, but if you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to try and track it down for you.

Wares of Knutsford also stocks a wide variety of cosmetic and plastic bottles so you are sure to find something suitable for your bathrooms. It’s these little touches that really make the boutique hotel experience.

While you’re shopping, think about adding a few accessories to your table such as carafes or juice and milk bottles. Our same flat delivery fee applies no matter how much you order and good will be carefully packed to make sure they arrive intact.

If you are buying for a business, as usual Wares of Knutsford is pleased to offer wholesale rates. Bottles are available in a number of different pack sizes and become more economical the more you buy.

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Glass Bottles with Stoppers

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Wares of Knutsford’s glass bottles range includes a number of decorative options glass bottles with stoppers. These are great for housing your home made drinks or cosmetics to be given as gifts, but can also be used around the home.

Sand art glass bottles with stoppers

Making sand art bottles is one of those charming, retro style hobbies, a bit like quilting, that’s seeing a return to popularity. Their use can be just ornamental but they can also form attractive souvenirs of days out at the beach or holidays. Pretty sand art bottles are easy enough to make, even for children – all you need is a selection of transparent glass bottles and sand in colours of your choice.

Make sure your bottle is clean and completely dry. You can use a plastic funnel or make your own by rolling a sheet of paper into a cone and taping it to hold the shape.

Insert your funnel into the bottle neck and use a teaspoon to add your sand gradually. If the sand clogs in the funnel, jiggle it gently and use the handle of the teaspoon to loosen it if necessary. Build up your layer of sand bit by bit.

When you think you have enough for your first layer, you can start making your stripes flat or diagonal. For horizontal stripes just tap your bottle gently on the table top to make sure the sand sits flat within it and move on, carefully, to your next layer. For diagonal stripes, tilt the bottle to one side and tap it so the sand lies diagonally across it. Keep the bottle at this angle while you add further layers, aiming the funnel at the empty corner.

Keep adding your layers to the top of the bottle, avoiding too much movement of the bottle or the colours could start to mix and ruin your neat layers. Insert the bottle top, using a little hot glue to secure if you prefer.

Coloured water in glass bottles with stoppers

In a similar style, you can fill your bottles with coloured water and use them for simple but effective decoration – a row of three in different but toning colours looks neat. Simply choose some pretty bottles and fill to the level of your choice with tap water. You can use food colouring or a special dye used by florists to colour the water in vases, added a drop at a time until you reach a hue you are pleased with. Make sure the stopper is secure to avoid accidents!

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50ml Glass Bottles in Many Styles

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The Wares of Knutsford glass bottle range includes options from a tiny 5ml up to five litre demijohns. The 50ml bottle collection is particularly popular and comes in a huge variety of styles, with a vast range of uses. Cooks, crafters, chemists and home brewers will all find glass bottles 50ml size, and jars to suit their purpose.

Basic glass bottles 50ml

The basic range of 50ml glass bottles comes in clear, amber, green and blue, while there are plastic versions available if you prefer. Your home brewed liqueurs or sloe gin can be perfectly admired in the clear glass bottles while the straight sided, screw top versions in coloured glass are perfect for aromatherapy and home made cosmetics, as the darker hue helps to prevent the contents from degradation by sunlight. The standard screw top keeps the contents secure but pipette or dropper tops or corks are available if you prefer – have a look at the ‘Spare bottle tops’ page.

There are also 50ml cosmetics jars in frosted glass or red plastic, to give your lotions and potions a professional look.

Special glass bottles 50ml

The 50ml Gladstone bottle with a cork stopper is versatile and decorative, while the ‘Naturals’ range includes a funky little 50ml clear glass carafe and a pretty, blue glass corked bottle. These are a great way to present home made produce as gifts or give your guest room that ‘posh hotel’ feel when people come to stay.

The bottles and jars come in various pack sizes, and your purchase gets more economical with the larger packs. Furthermore the postage charge remains the same no matter how much you order, so you can keep adding to your basket without worrying about incurring a huge delivery charge at the end. The small bottles and jars are very popular with brides looking to create personalised and individual wedding favours and our large pack sizes are particularly useful on these occasions.

Wares of Knutsford is happy to sell to professional customers at wholesale prices. Small hotels or restaurants and aromatherapists in particular will find our small bottle range very useful. Contact our staff to discuss prices, delivery and invoicing. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us as we are happy to track down more unusual items.

Always sterilise your bottles before you use them for food and drink or cosmetic products.

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Amber Glass Bottles Wholesale

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At Wares we have a huge selection of amber jars and bottles available for a wide range of uses. Purchasing amber bottles wholesale can be an extremely cost-effective option if you require a large number of containers.

Why use amber glass bottles?

Amber glass has a number of benefits that make it a great choice for all your bottling needs. Many food and cosmetic products can be affected not only by exposure to air, but also to sunlight. UV rays from the sun are not just potentially harmful to skin but can also alter the chemical composition of a variety of products. This can affect taste and appearance, even if the items are kept away from direct sunlight. Ambient and fluorescent light can also lead to photo-oxidation or light damage. Amber glass filters out the UV rays, protecting your food and cosmetics from exposure and extending the shelf-life of these products. Many medicines are stored in amber glass bottles for this reason. Amber or brown glass is also traditionally used in when bottling beer. Using stoppered swing top bottles or those sealed with metal crown lids will not only give your homebrew a charming old-fashioned look but will also protect it from possible alterations to the flavour due to photochemistry.

Amber glass bottles for cosmetics

One of the most common uses for amber glass is in the packaging of cosmetics and aromatherapy products. Many of these use essential oils which are profoundly affected by exposure to sunlight and can easily lose efficacy. In addition, using glass minimises the risk of potentially harmful chemicals from plastic containers seeping into the products. Small 20ml amber glass bottles are perfect for storing precious essential oils. Those incorporating a dropper with a glass pipette and rubber are ideal for accurate measuring of the oils for aromatherapy treatments. Larger lotion or medicine bottles are a fantastic option for the safe storage of oils such as sweet almond, used as a carrier oil for a variety of skin treatments. Large 500ml screw top cosmetic jars are useful for face creams or body moisturisers whilst miniature 30ml amber jars are perfect for lip balms.

In addition to being tough and reusable, amber glass is perfect for protecting consumables and cosmetic products that might otherwise be damaged or impaired by exposure to excessive sunlight. Purchase amber bottles wholesale for a great value solution to your glass container requirements.

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Screw Top Glass Bottles

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Glass bottles are one of the most useful products for those with an interest in preserving food or home brewing. Hardwearing, easy to clean and reusable, they can be used to store a wide variety of different foods and beverages.

Using Screw Top Bottles in the Kitchen

Screw top bottles have a number of useful features that make them the perfect choice for storing all your carefully-crafted preserves and sauces. Clear screw top bottles are an attractive option, allowing you to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the delicious produce inside. Screw top lids are simple to fit and resealable to allow you to keep your food fresher for longer. Both plastic and aluminium foil lids can be used in a variety of colours. These lids feature ridges for increased grip to improve ease of opening and an option to include an EPE liner for an airtight seal to minimise the risk of spoilage. Tall square glass bottles are the perfect container for homemade sauces or ketchups whilst round bottles with slender necks are a great choice for salad dressings. Create flavoured oils by placing ingredients such as garlic, herbs or chillies inside vintage-style glass bottles. Fill with good quality olive oil, allow the flavours to mature and develop then use to add extra piquancy to your cooking.

Screw Top Bottles for Home Brewing

Making your own wines, beers and spirits is a fun pastime that has become extremely popular in recent years. Homemade wine requires some time to mature so once it has fermented in the demi-john, it can be transferred to glass wine bottles ready to be laid down. If you have used a home brewing kit to create your own lager or bitter, this can be stored in traditional style glass beer bottles for an authentic pub touch. Skittle bottles or old-fashioned medicine-style bottles are perfect for homemade liqueurs such as sloe gin and make lovely presentation bottles if you decide to give away your creations as gifts to family and friends. Miniature screw top glass bottles are also extremely useful if you wish to decant your home-brewed liqueurs into smaller containers. These make excellent Christmas stocking fillers, attractive and unusual wedding favours or great additions to gift hampers.

Screw top glass bottles have a large number of uses in the home. Simple to seal and easy to reuse, they are a must-have for anyone interested in preserving, bottling or home brewing.

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Stylish Empty Drinks Bottles

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It may be the budget choice but a bottle of Liebfraumilch hardly screams style and sophistication at a dinner party. However drinks bottle suppliers have been catching on, coming up with a selection of delectably presented versions of pretty standard drinks that will look great in any glass fronted cabinet or taking centre stage on a retro bar cart. Consider the bottles used for Dodd’s Gin, Crystal Head Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin or Don Julio Blanco, for example. See also Gin Mare, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Chambord Raspberry Liquor or Reyka Vodka.

You may not be able to stretch to the cost of some of these but you can add a bit of class to your own drinks provisions by decanting your more average spirits or liqueurs into attractive bottles.

Empty drinks bottles from Wares of Knutsford

The Wares range of empty drinks bottles incorporates both plastic and glass bottles in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Brightly coloured versions are ideal for making soft drinks look more appealing to non-drinkers or children, while there are classic shapes of beer, cider and wine bottles that can be used to house home brewed efforts or to disguise a less than illustriously labelled original. Consider adding a neatly designed label to rival professional drinks bottle suppliers.

Bottles are available singly or in value for money packs, and Wares of Knutsford’s delivery charge is the same no matter how many you order, allowing you to take advantage of economies of scale. Delivery is swift and all bottles are carefully packed to make sure they arrive safely.

Home made lemonade for empty drinks bottles

Give your crisp, sweet homemade refreshments a nostalgic, retro air by presenting them in swing stopper bottles. It’s easy and homely but with a natural sophistication to it. The key to home made lemonade is in the sugar syrup.

To make six servings:

  • 1 cup each of water and sugar
  • Juice of six lemons
  • 4 cups of cold water

To make the sugar syrup, add the one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring regularly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.

Mix the sugar syrup, lemon juice and cold water together until thoroughly combined and serve in a tall jug with plenty of ice and a few slices of lemon.

Increase or reduce the quantities of lemon or sugar to taste if you prefer a sweeter or sharper drink. Furthermore, try using cold, sparkling water instead of plain for a fizzy version or add the juice of a handful of raspberries to make pink lemonade.

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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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How to Make Sloe Gin

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A favourite of home brewers, a sloe gin recipe can provoke a huge amount of discussion regarding variations. Sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn shrub, found in hedgerows countrywide. The limpid, black globes look sweet and attractive but offer little in the taste department in their natural state. Warm, wet summers produce the best sloes, and you should pick your fruit when it is fully ripe and carefully, as the Prunus spinosa (blackthorn) can be a vicious beast.

While there are historical mentions of sloe used for alcoholic drinks as early as 1717, it wasn’t until the 20th century that it became a staple component of country produce. It’s easy to make sloe gin – the basic recipe involves only three ingredients, little labour and plenty of patience. A quick internet search will show a daunting variety of advice on how to make sloe gin but what really counts is how long it is kept for – the older the bottle, the sweeter and more mellow the flavour, almost like a good Madeira. If you can’t wait decades for your brew, a fresh batch only a few months old is delicious nonetheless.

Basic sloe gin recipe

You can increase the quantity of sugar used to quicken the process but of course this results in a sweeter flavour, which is not to everyone’s taste. Gin is the traditional liqueur but vodka is used by some in the quest for a purer flavour. Traditionally each individual sloe is pricked to allow flavour to develop, but some people reduce the labour involved by simply freezing and defrosting the fruit.

  • 500g sloes, ripe
  • 250g sugar
  • 1 litre gin

Fill a large, sterilised jar to the top with sloes. Add the sugar and gin then seal the jar and shake well. Store the jar in a cool, dark spot and shake it every day until the sugar has completely dissolved. Leave for another three months then open the jar and strain the contents through a muslin cloth. Pour the strained liquid through a funnel into a clean, sterilised bottle then return it to its cool, dark spot and leave for as long as you can bear before drinking – at least two months.

Damson vodka – the alternative sloe gin recipe

If you can’t find sloes or have a glut of damsons, the same quantities and method can be used to make damson vodka – obviously substituting damsons for sloes and vodka for gin. As an added bonus, after straining the damsons taste great with yoghurt or ice-cream.

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Gift Glass Bottles

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If you’re planning to conserve funds and add the personal touch this Christmas by giving home made gifts, there’s a fine roster of classic gifts to choose from. A traditional favourite involves making flavoured oils in glass gift bottles – they look good and taste great. All sorts of ingredients can be used to flavour oil, but fresh and dried herbs, spices, peppers, garlic and citrus zest are classic options. Olive oil is the best base oil to use and the result can be drizzled over sauteed vegetables, roast meat, pasta recipes or salads. Make your infusion and pour into sterilised bottles – Wares of Knutsford sell a range of attractive presentation bottles. Don’t forget to label your gift with its contents.

Glass gift bottles of garlic and fennel oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 bulb fennel, tops and outer leaves trimmed, core removed and flesh chopped
  • 200ml olive oil

Add all the ingredients to a heavy based saucepan and heat gently until the mixture just starts to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the garlic and fennel are soft. Set the pan aside and allow the infusion to cool a little. Strain the infusion into bottles and seal.

As an added bonus, the cooked fennel and garlic can be mashed and seasoned to make a great spread for toast or crackers.

Glass gift bottles of chilli oil

  • 450ml olive oil
  • 20g dried chilli flakes
  • 3 whole dried chillies

Heat the olive oil gently in a heavy based saucepan, then add the chillies and chilli flakes and keep heating for another 3-4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the oil to cool a little. Pour the oil carefully into bottles, including the chillies and chilli flakes, then seal.

Glass gift bottles of rosemary oil

  • 1-2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 200ml olive oil

Rinse the rosemary clean and allow to dry thoroughly before using. Add the oil and herbs to a heavy based saucepan on a low heat and allow to warm through for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a while before straining into bottles. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary to the bottles and seal carefully.

Glass gift bottles of lemon oil

  • 200ml olive oil
  • Peel of 1 lemon, in strips

Add the oil and lemon zest to a heavy based saucepan over a low heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain the oil into bottles, adding fresh strips of peel for decoration, if you want. Seal the bottles and store in a cool dark place.

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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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Mini Glass Bottles

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Wares of Knutsford sells a comprehensive range of mini glass bottles, including clear and coloured glass variations, with screw tops, corks, droppers and even swing tops. Sizes include 15ml, 20ml, 30ml, 50ml, 60ml, 80ml and 100ml and 125ml. There are even specialist options such as perfume bottles or 32ml ink bottles.

In the kitchen, small glass bottles are usually used for home made liqueurs or sloe gin. However they are also often ordered to use for wedding favours or by those making their own aromatherapy or cosmetic products. There are lots of pack sizes available and Wares of Knutsford charges the same delivery fee no matter the size of your order.

Home made liqueur for mini glass bottles

Quince vodka

  • 2 large quinces
  • 500ml plain vodka
  • 200g caster sugar

Grate the quinces coarsely into a large kilner jar, covering with a little vodka as you go so that the fruit doesn’t go brown. Add the sugar and the rest of the vodka, then seal the jar. Give it a gentle shake to mix all the ingredients together. Shake very gently again every day for the next couple of weeks, then once every few days for another month. After six weeks of steeping, open the jar and strain the liquid into your sterilised small glass bottles.

Cherry brandy

  • 300g cherries, whole and pricked
  • 600ml brandy
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar

Put all the ingredients into a large, clean jar. Seal the jar and leave to infuse in a cool, dark place for two months. Open the jar and strain the brandy into your mini glass bottles.

Home made rosewater in mini glass bottles

This flavoured water can be used in cooking to flavour syrups and jellies or drizzled over cakes. It can also be used on the skin as a make up remover or facial toner, as a hair rinse, to scent your bathwater or sheets or as a perfume. It’s also very easy to make.

Half fill a heatproof bowl with rose petals then add the same quantity of water. Set a saucepan of water to boil then place the bowl of roses in the pan. The boiling water should come about halfway up the bowl. Leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. The rose petals will wilt and colour and flavour the water in the bowl. Strain the water in the bowl into sterilised small glass bottles.

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Glass Bottles with Corks

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Humans have been drinking wine for millennia, but the familiar The 75cl bottle has become standard but there are two suggestions as to how this came about. One theory posits that this was considered to be an appropriate serving of wine with dinner for one man. On the other hand, there is a countering argument that this was the largest size of bottle that the average glass blower could achieve with a single breath.

However wineries have always been keen to showcase their product in oversized bottles, which by some unknown naming convention were given the monikers of ancient Biblical characters such as the dastardly Nebuchadnezzar or hoary old Methuselah.

Naming guide to huge glass bottles with corks

Most people are familiar with the term Magnum for a 1.5 litre or two standard bottle equivalent, or even with Jeroboam for a three litre or four standard bottle container. However, have you heard of a Rehoboam, which contains 4.5 litres or six standard bottles of wine? Or how about a Methuselah for six litres or eight standard bottles? They get bigger still, with a nine litre or 12 standard bottle container known a Salmanazar, a 12 litre or 16 standard bottle job called a Balthazar and the enormous 15 litre or 20 standard bottle effort known as Nebuchadnezzar.

Believe it or not, very rarely you can even get a 20 litre or 28 bottle equivalent called a Solomon and, topping the lot, a Primat containing 27 litres or 36 standard bottles.

The naming conventions are subject to some regional variations, with Bordeaux also using a 2.25 litre or three bottle equivalent called a Marie-Jeanne and using the term Double Magnum rather than Jeroboam for three litres. Confusingly, in Bordeaux the name Jeroboam is used instead for the 4.5 litre bottle known as a Rehoboam in Champagne country, while the six litre Methuselah is renamed the Imperiale.

Filling your own glass bottles with corks

Ordering a Nebuchadnezzar for your home brewing efforts might be a bit ambitious, but you could consider a smaller and more decorative option for presenting your own brews as gifts. The 50ml Aragon glass bottles with corks are elegant, while the 250ml Bellolio adds a modern touch to the traditional shape and contains a more appropriate size for a single serving!

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Small Bottles as Wedding Favours

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Favours are given to guests by the bride and groom to mark their wedding day. The small gifts are usually inexpensive but have some personal or sentimental significance.

Bottled wedding favours

Miniature bottles of alcoholic drinks such as wine, whisky, gin or vodka have become popular wedding favours but there are far more personal options than this. Buy enough bottles to cover the amount of favours you need and then decant your own, home-made liqueurs, wines or spirits into them. Of course you will need to design and apply some personalised labels. One advantage of this format is that it allows you to offer a non-alcoholic variety of drink for younger guests or tee-totallers. Oil and vinegar sets are also useful items that make attractive gifts.

One idea for cheap wedding favours that also works as a cute alternative to confetti is to give guests small bottles of bubble blowers. They are great for showering the bride and groom and will keep children entertained for hours while the adults enjoy a more grown-up party.

Alternative cheap wedding favours are made by messages in small glass bottles. These make a longer lasting keepsake than the previous, consumable options.

Foodie wedding favours

Consumables make very popular gifts as they feel so personal. Home-made cakes, sweets, popcorn or jams in small glass jars with personalised labels will be appreciated by all guests. Biscuits can be decorated with the name of the happy couple, the date of the occasion or, if you want to go really personal, are super organised and have plenty of time, individually named for each guest. These things are also economical – home-made toffee apples, beautifully packaged, are a classic treat that looks attractive without costing a fortune. Foodies could give flavoured salts or sugars if time is too short for making individual cakes or biscuits.

Keep it personal

When choosing favours consider also the theme of the wedding and the personalities of the couple involved. Creative, crafty types may want to make things like home-made candles, soaps or lip balms. Gardeners or outdoorsy types could offer little bags of flower or herb seeds, seedlings or tiny buckets of miniature succulents.

Ultimately the key is personalisation. Whether you are buying or making the favours, make sure you create your own labels that note the details of the special day. Your guests will be far more appreciative of something small but personal than something flash and expensive.

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Arranging Flowers in Glass Bottles

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If your attempts at settling a large bunch of flowers into one vase result in an uneven silhouette and broken, sticking out branches, or you want to decorate in a more modern style, there is another way. Flower arranging is not a skill that comes naturally to everyone, but by being a bit more creative you can set up a smart and elegant display.

Glass bottles on a mantelpiece

A fresh, modern way to display flowers is to arrange glass bottles in a row along a mantel or shelf and fill each with a single stem. Restrict your colour palette to two or three contrasting but complementing colours and blooms, then add interest by using flowers of different types and sizes – such dahlias next to poppies and daffodils. Repeating each bloom three or four times and using some simple foliage regularly in the mix helps to anchor the whole thing together and stops it looking too busy.

If wild flowers aren’t easily available and your budget doesn’t stretch to florists’ prices, an original effect can be created by collecting an interesting selection of twigs, berries and leaves then spray-painting them a metallic or bold hue and arranging them similarly in a row of glass bottles. Add drama by filling the glass bottles with water that’s coloured with bright food colouring.

Group a collection of vases with large glass bottles

Select flowers of similar hues and sizes but that boast different textures and shapes to add glamour to your floral design and use most of these in a large glass bottle as the centrepiece of the display. Then collect lots of foliage and greenery with berries to fill the other vases and add just one or two blooms to each. This is a rich and glamorous look that’s easy to achieve as it doesn’t involve any stiff, formal arranging.

Keep it simple

Masses of a single bloom are very trendy right now. Go for a flower with a fairly small, neat head and long, straight stem. You’ll need a fairly narrow necked vase or large glass bottle to help create a silhouette, then remove any excess leaves and cut the bottom of each stem cleanly. Fill the vase two thirds with water then, holding the bunch firmly but gently, rotate it to give the stems a spiral effect. This creates a dome shape to the top of the bouquet. Bind the stems tightly before placing in the vase.

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Shopping for Bargains

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Bargain hunting tends to work on some basic principles regardless of the target purchase. Certain rules apply whether you are buying food, clothes, office stationery or household goods of any kind.

Buying in bulk offers the possibility of quantity discounts, while serious economy buyers are happy to hunt for seconds, discontinued lines or damaged stock. The other way to achieve discounted prices is to wait for the kind of sales that usually happen at the end of summer or over Christmas.

However discounting is not the only way to find bargains. Since the advent of online shopping retailers have been in a position to sell at lower prices than the days when they had to cover the high overheads incurred by running shops. The internet also provides a great comparison tool, allowing you to easily check the prices from multiple retailers in order to find the best deal.

Bulk buying glass jars

When faced with a glut of fruits, vegetables or certain other ingredients, preserving is the way to go. Jam, chutney and pickle making is a process most easily done in large quantities at a time and, aside from the cost of the ingredients, you have to be able to preserve the finished product. Serious preservers bulk buy glass jars and bottles ready for their cooking endeavours. The very organised keep their eyes out for sale bargains even when it’s not preserving season and keep the glass jars until they are ready to use them, as this is the best way to keep prices low.

Glass jars selections

To keep costs down, choose your glass jars and bottles carefully. Certain kinds of jar costs more than others and while the more expensive versions, such as clip top Le Parfait, may be more attractive you could be equally well served by a more basic screw top. You may have your eye on a particular style but retailers may offer special bargain packs of an alternative design, which could save you a significant amount of money. Modern retailers are fully conversant with buying trends and will target offers based upon what their customers request and you can use this to your advantage.

Sundries

While comparing the costs of the item you want to buy, remember to always factor in the delivery costs. Further consideration should be given to sundry extras such as labels, jar covers and any cooking accessories such as maslin pans. If your retailer has a set delivery fee this can make a huge difference when buying large amounts compared to retailers whose delivery cost varies according to the size of the order. Here at Wares of Knutsford all UK mainland delivery costs are fixed at £5.95 no matter their size.

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Homemade Lemonade

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Homemade lemonade is tart and fruity, a very different liquid to the clear, fizzy stuff sold commercially as lemonade. It’s simple to make and is a classic, delicious taste of summer.

Preserving Bottles

Homemade lemonade will keep for a week in the fridge if stored in airtight containers, such as swing top glass bottles. Make sure the bottles are very clean or, ideally, sterilised before decanting the lemonade.

Ingredients to serve 6:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 or 4 cups of cold water to dilute

Equipment:

  • Juicer
  • Preserving bottles
  • Funnel
  • Small, heavy based saucepan

The key to a lemonade that is tart and sweet in equal proportions is the sugar syrup. Make this by heating the sugar and water gently until the sugar is completely dissolved. The quantities given make a fairly sweet lemonade so reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer a more tart recipe.

When the sugar syrup has cooled slightly add it to a jug with the lemon juice and 3 or 4 cups of water to dilute. Taste for strength and add more water if you need to. Refrigerate for about half an hour and serve with plenty of ice cubes and slices of lemon, or pour into glass bottles to store. For an original twist, use limes instead of lemons and add a shot of rum or vodka for a very grown-up limeade.

Pink lemonade is a pretty variation on the theme. You will need:

  • 300g caster sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 orange
  • About 500g raspberries
  • Preserving bottles
  • Funnel
  • Heavy based saucepan
  • Sieve

Add all the ingredients to the pan with 350ml of cold water. Bring to the boil, stirring regularly, then leave to cool. Pass through a sieve, pressing down well with a spoon on the fruit to get all of the juice. Pour into the preserving bottles through using the funnel and store in the refrigerator. Serve diluted with a little still or sparkling water, ice cubes and some mint leaves.

Other Goodies for Your Preserving Bottles

For ginger lemonade, use the above recipe but substitute the orange and raspberries for 50 g of fresh root ginger, peeled and sliced. Prepare the lemonade using the same method for a warmer and spicier version of traditional lemonade.

You could also use the ginger lemonade as a base for a thyme punch, by adding 250ml of good gin to 650ml of ginger lemonade, followed by 6 sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped and a handful of ice cubes.

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Things in Bottles

Pickling is as easy to do at home as making jams or chutneys and is great fun to try. Always use clean, firm and fresh ingredients. The basic method involves soaking vegetables in brine then packing into preserving bottles and covering with vinegar.

You will need:

Preserving Bottles

Make sure these are clean, dry and sterilised and have an airtight lid. Metal lids can be corroded by the vinegar so use plastic or clip-top lids. Speciality glass bottles are available for preserving with suitable lids. Remember to label your preserving bottles with the contents and date they were filled.

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Fruits and Vegetables

You can pickle various fruits and vegetables but large items such as cauliflower, cucumber, cabbage or marrow will need to be cut into chunks first. Smaller foods such as pickling onions or mushrooms can be left whole but should be peeled. Tomatoes should also be peeled and the seeds removed. Small fruits such as cherries and plums should be pricked before cooking or they may shrivel and go dry, while berries tend to go too soft and are unsuitable for pickling. Apples, peaches are pears are good for pickling. Boiled eggs and some nuts are also great pickling targets, especially walnuts.

Spices for Preserving Bottles

Use sea salt or cooking salt as table and iodised salt are unsuitable, leaving a cloudy or odd-tasting finish to the pickling juice. Use 450g of salt per 4.5 litres of water to make the brine for soaking the vegetables. The vegetables should be completely covered by the brine in a plastic bowl. It can be useful to cover the vegetables with a plate and weight them down so they don’t float.

Use good-quality vinegar with at least 5% acetic content. You can use white or malt vinegar but white is best for a light coloured finish. Cider or white wine vinegar can be used for pickling but their stronger flavours may be overpowering and they are more expensive.

Add whole spices to the vinegar for flavouring and as a preservative. Ground spices will turn the juice cloudy so whole are best, tied up in a muslin bag. Steep them in cold vinegar for about 7 weeks before you start pickling. You can buy ready-mixed pickling spices or come up with your own flavours.

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