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Packaging For Etsy Products: Top Tips

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Running an Etsy shop is a full-time business. Even if it’s set up as your side hustle, you’ll know there are a million things to think about. From making your products to taking great photos, there’s always something to do. And packaging for Etsy sellers is no different.

Packaging is hardly the most exciting part of running an Etsy shop, but it’s extremely important. If you package your products well, you can take care of safety, branding, and customer satisfaction in one fell swoop! As the UK’s largest online packaging supplier, we’re well-equipped to pass on some top tips for packaging your products for the ultimate Etsy customer experience. Here are our top tips:

Glass Vs Plastic

Glass has universal appeal – it looks great, feels premium, and it’s better for the environment than plastic. But it’s also highly fragile, meaning it’s more difficult to package and ship without breakages. Depending on the types of products you sell on Etsy, you’ll need to weigh up the risks of the different materials available to you and decide which is best for your online shop. For something a little different, aluminium is a unique material that offers a stylish alternative to traditional glass or plastic bottles.

Take Safety Seriously

Receiving broken goods is dangerous, not to mention disappointing. Safety should be a priority for any business, and Etsy shops are no different. If your items are prone to shattering or breaking, make sure you use plenty of padding and packing materials to ensure they stay intact until they reach their destination. Take a look at these eco-friendly alternatives to bubble wrap – your customers will appreciate your environmental awareness.

Spend A Little, Get A Lot

Many packaging companies sell their wares with minimum order quantities, meaning you have to pay for more packaging than you actually need. But if you can find a supplier who sells the packaging products in the numbers you need, you could be onto a winner. It means less waste, and better value for you.

Add A Personal Touch

Part of the fun of shopping from indie brands is the personal flourishes. Lots of Etsy shops add business cards, thank you notes, mini giveaways and other cute touches as thanks for shopping with them. There’s no need to go OTT – something as simple as a handwritten thank you card can be enough to make your customers remember you.

Offer Something Unique

Use your packaging to give your customers a reason to return. A voucher code they can use on their next order is always a great way to inspire customers to come back to you. Free samples are also a great incentive – if they love it, they could come back and buy the full product. Branded giveaways like pens, mini calendars or notebooks are also great for keeping your shop at the forefront of their mind.

Where To Get Great Packaging For Etsy Shops

At Ampulla, we offer a wealth of high quality bottles and jars. Our packaging products are popular with small businesses and Etsy shop owners across the UK, as you can buy as many items as you like with no minimum order. Alternatively, if you want to stock up on your packaging and buy your items in bulk, you can get great discounts in our online store. Take a look at our Etsy packaging picks below – or shop our extensive range of bottles and jars online.

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50ml Glass Dropper Bottle - Packaging For Etsy 200ml Recycled Plastic Spray Bottle 20ml Aluminium Jar
50ml Glass Dropper Bottle 200ml Recycled Plastic Spray Bottle 30ml Aluminium Jar
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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
55ml Hexagonal Jam Jar 314ml Orcio Jam Jar 150ml Glass Jam Jar
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7 Home Food Waste Solutions

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Supermarkets take a lot of flak for food waste in the UK, but the truth is a lot of food waste comes from individual households, too. A third of all food produced for human consumption is thrown away each year, so it’s important that we all do our bit to reduce the amount of food we get rid of. There are lots of ways to go about this, from growing your own fruit and veg to making jams and preserves to make your food go further. Find out how easy it can be to reduce your food waste using these 7 food waste solutions.

How To Reduce Food Waste At Home

Meal Planning

If you make a meal plan and stick to it, your fridge should be more or less empty by the end of the week. It takes a little time to create a plan, but it makes shopping for food cheaper, easier – and you know you’re buying things that will definitely get eaten. Make sure to prepare for lunches too, and consider what you’ll feel like making depending on what’s happening during the day. (It’s definitely OK to include a chippy tea in your meal plan.)

Storing Leftovers

When there’s food you need to use up in the fridge, it can be difficult to know what to do with it. A simple trick is to incorporate whatever’s left into your dinner plans, whether that’s making a salad to go with it, or adding extra veg to your spag bol. Instead of doubling up your portions, leave some leftovers for lunch the next day – it minimises waste, and saves you spending more on lunch.

Preserving

We all know what to do when life gives you lemons, but the same principle applies to all kinds of fruit! Whether you have leftover strawberries from a summer birthday cake or rhubarb from an autumnal crumble, it’s easy to make jams and preserves to make your fruit go a little further. Find fantastic seasonal jam recipes here! If you already have a cracking jam recipe, you can find preserve jars for your homemade jams online here.

Juices & Smoothies

If you’re not much of a jam fan, you can also blend up your uneaten fruit & veg into homemade smoothies. Not only is this a great way to reduce your household food waste – it’s also sure to get the kids eating a healthy breakfast. Try blitzing nuts, honey, dried fruit and cereals into your smoothie for added texture and nutrition.

Freezing

As well as your standard freezer fare, lots of fresh foods can be frozen to prolong their shelf-life. You can freeze milk, chopped herbs, berries, raw eggs, pasta sauces and more. Check out this guide to freezing foods for more food waste solutions.

Grow Your Own

Go from zero waste to self-sufficient by growing and eating your own food! You don’t need a huge garden or an allotment – potted fresh herbs are a great way to start, and all you need is a sunny windowsill. Try growing pepper and chilli plants with the seeds from bought peppers. It’s a great way to grow delicious organic fruit and veg, save money, and reduce your food waste.

Composting

Composting is another great food waste solution. If your food is way past it’s best, it can still be mulched into compost. Whether you have your own compost heap in the garden, or a special bin for food waste, it’s better to dispose of food in a composter than send it to landfill. Compost helps other plants grow, and mulched fruit and veg can add extra nutrients, so it’s a way of ensuring your uneaten food doesn’t go to waste.

What are the best food waste solutions you use in your household? Share in the comments!