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The Best Jars For Homemade Jam

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It’s a fact: delicious homemade jams deserve fabulous jars. Top quality jam jars with sturdy lids are really important for keeping preserves fresh for as long as possible, so you’ll need to invest in some great jars for homemade jam. Take a look at our favourite jam jars and pick your favourite!

Classic Jam Jars

These classic-look jam jars are perfect for your classic jam flavours – raspberry, strawberry, plum and apricot. With flat rounded sides, they’re easy to label if you’re giving them as gifts (or even just want to remember which flavour is which). Available here with metal twist-off lids, they’re designed to keep your jams fresher for longer. Here are our favourites – you can also shop the full range here.

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30ml Mini Jam Jars 150ml Glass Jam Jars 125ml Glass Food Jars

Orcio Jars

These Orcio jars add a Mediterranean flex to your homemade jams. Inspired by the beautiful shape of Italian Orcio pots, these jars are ideal for more decadent flavours. Think hot chilli jam, gooseberry and vanilla, or even rhubarb and gin. Take a look at the full collection here.

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Hexagonal Jam Jars

For a country farmhouse flourish, you can’t go wrong with these hexagonal jam jars. The shape radiates rustic warmth, and you can choose jar lids in a range of colours and patterns for an added personal touch. Shop the full range here.

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45ml Hexagonal Jars 190ml Hexagonal Jars 280ml Hexagonal Jars

Square Jam Jars

Our range of square jam jars is perfect for a modern, angular look. With flat sides and an elegant neck, these jars are fabulous for more innovative flavours. They’re also popular for savoury options, such as chutneys, relishes and condiments. Choose your preferred size below.

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200ml Square Jar & Lid 282ml Square Jar & Gold Lid 282ml Square Jar & Button Lid

All our jam jars are available in quantities to suit you. For homemade jams, you can buy any number of containers in our online store – starting from just one jar. Choose from a huge range of affordable glass jars, with or without lids. You’re sure to find the perfect jars for homemade jam here!

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How To Store Homemade Jam

How To Store Homemade Jam

It may seem simple, but there’s a lot to remember when it comes to storing jams and preserves. You need to make sure your jam is set to the right consistency before you bottle it. You need to ensure your jars, lids and equipment are sterilised and secure. And you’ll definitely want to do everything you can to pack in the delicious tangy flavours of your preserves. To make things a little easier, here are our top tips for how to store homemade jam.

Sterilise Your Jars

From jam to honey to homebrew, the number one rule of all kinds of preserving is to sterilise your containers. Sterilising your jars prevents your homemade jam from becoming contaminated, which can cause bacteria to grow and make your jams spoil.

You can sterilise your jars in a number of ways. If you have a dishwasher, just run your jars and lids through on a hot rinse cycle. You can also boil them, or put them in the oven. Follow these easy steps for sterilising your jars.

Sterilise Everything Else

It’s not just your jars that need to be sparkling clean. Make sure all the equipment you’re using – including spoons, lids, and funnels – have all been sterilised before you start. You can use the same method as you used for your jars if your items are suitable for use over a certain temperature.

Test Your Jam

To keep your jam fresh for as long as possible, you need to jar it when it’s at its best. The perfect moment to pot your preserve is when it hits its setting point. The easiest way to check if your jam is at its setting point is to use a sugar thermometer to heat the jam to 105°C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, follow the instructions here to test your jam.

Jar Your Jam While It’s Hot

If you ladle your jam into your jars and close them while the jam is still hot, this can help keep bacteria out until you open the jar again. The heat forms a vacuum seal with the lid of the jar, which helps to keep bacteria out and flavour in.

Use The Right Jars

If you choose the right jars for storing your homemade jam, the whole process becomes a lot easier. For example, using a jar that’s suitable for hot fill means it’ll easily withstand the high heats needed to sterilise and fill it. Jam jars that come with metal twist-off lids don’t need to be used with a wax seal, so they can be a more cost-effective solution than other jar types.

Store In A Cool, Dark Place

You don’t need to store jams and preserves in the fridge. If they’ve been boiled and preserved in the right way, bacteria is unlikely to grow in the jar, so there’s no need to keep it chilled. Instead, store it in your kitchen cupboard. To make sure your jams stay free from contamination, always use a clean knife or spoon to dip into your jar.

With these top tips for how to store your homemade jam, you can keep your delicious preserves fresh and flavoursome for even longer!

If you’re still looking for jars for your homemade jams, we offer jars in lots of styles and sizes. Whether you’re giving away your jams as gifts, or just making the most of a seasonal glut of fruits, you’re sure to find the jar for you in our collection. All our glass jam jars are suitable for hot fill unless otherwise stated. Shop our picks below – or take a look at the full collection.

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55ml Hexagonal Jam Jar 314ml Orcio Jam Jar 150ml Glass Jam Jar
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Rainy Day Craft Ideas For The Whole Family

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As autumn draws in, the days get shorter – and, let’s face it, rainier – which means keeping the kids occupied isn’t always as easy as going for a quick walk in the park. At least, not unless you want a gaggle of whining, wet-through youngsters on your hands. Rainy days are often the days you find yourself frantically googling for things to do, so we thought we’d put together a list of rainy day crafts to keep (you and!) the kids busy – even when the weather’s inclement.

Scroll down for our favourite rainy day craft ideas!

Crayon Candles

Tutorial at Evermine.

These candles are so much fun to make, and kids are sure to love the bright crayon-based colours! Melt wax crayons in the microwave (adult supervision highly recommended!), pour them into glass votives of your choice, and leave to harden. You can layer up a variety of different crayons for colourful contrast, or keep it simple with a single colour.

You will need:

  • Glass votives
  • Wax crayons
  • Wax wicks
  • Paper cups
  • Lolly sticks (for stirring)

BFG Dream Jar

Tutorial at Hobbycraft.

What child doesn’t love Roald Dahl? This craft is an homage to the BFG and his dream jars. It’s super easy to make – all you’ll need is a mason or large jam jar, paints, glitter and cotton wool. Once you’ve made the jars, be prepared for the kids to request some serious story time.

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DIY Playdough

Tutorial at Everything Etsy.

Playdough is a rainy day rite of passage for every child in the country. But it can be expensive to buy pot after pot (especially when the colours get mushed into that unappealing grey-brown shade). With this simple recipe, you can make your own playdough in a whole rainbow of colours! All the ingredients are store cupboard friendly, so you might have most of them already (and the ones you don’t will keep until the next time you need them)! Keep your playdough in an airtight jar to make it last longer.

You will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Boiling water
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cream of tartar
  • Essential oils
  • Food colouring

Moss Terrarium

Tutorial at Parent Pretty.

This might be one for a drizzly day, rather than a full-on deluge, as you’ll need to head out and collect stones and miniature plants to build your terrarium. Kids will love building this tiny microcosm of nature, and getting their hands dirty in the soil and stones. Plus, terrariums look fantastic, are easy to assemble, and they’re a very cute way to bring a little microcosm of your garden inside.

You will need:

  • Large glass jar
  • Small pebbles
  • Activated charcoal
  • Potting soil
  • Moss or other small plants
  • Bamboo skewer

Raincloud In A Jar

Tutorial at Home School Pre School.

This one’s great for education and for fun. First, discuss with your kids how rain is made, and why clouds are important. Then you can demonstrate! Using shaving foam, water and food colouring, you can make your very own raincloud in a jar. It’s a perfectly topical rainy day craft!

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Mason Jar Ghosts

Tutorial at Number 2 Pencil.

Here’s a spooky Halloween themed craft, perfect for an October rainy day. Make these adorable ghosts using just a few simple materials! All you need is a variety of glass jars, white spray paint and googly eyes. The white paint is also really effective for placing LED tealights in to create an eerie orange glow.

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Fun Rainy Day Crafts For Kids

We hope you love these rainy day crafts as much as we do! If you give any of them a go, please tag us in your social media photos – we love to see them!

Don’t forget you can buy jars for all your crafts with no minimum order at Ampulla.

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