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International Picnic Day 2018

Monday 18th June 2018 is International Picnic Day, a chance for all nature lovers to get out into the open air and celebrate eating al fresco. To mark this occasion, we’ve compiled a definitive ranking of our favourite picnic food, as well as a breakdown of the best packaging we have to offer to keep your picnic treats fresh and some recipe ideas you can try out yourself!

Drink

When eating al fresco, nothing is more suitable for packaging your drinks than our Glass Fresco(r) Bottles! They’re ideal for milkshakes, fruit juices and flavoured waters and it’s not hard to see why they’re one of our bestselling ranges. They come in sizes ranging from 200ml up to 1 litre, with the option to add a gold or silver twist lid to complete the look. You can buy in single quantities or per pallet, so they’re ideal for both home use and for selling your drinks to the mass market. We’ve found some tasty drinks recipes that you can put try out yourself and take to your next picnic (remember to bring a cool box for the milkshakes)!

We think that you just can’t beat putting fresh fruit into a milkshake, as it tastes so much better and more fresh than using artificial flavourings, which is why we think that this Fresh Strawberry Milkshake from My Recipes sounds delicious! All you need are fresh strawberries, vanilla ice-cream, vanilla extract and milk, then whip it all together in a blender, pour into your bottles, pop them into a cool box and away you go to your picnic with a tasty treat for adults and kids alike. Smoothies are also a great, slightly healthier picnic treat, such as this Sunshine Smoothie from BBC Good Food which contains 2 of your 5-a-day!

As well as soft drinks, a British picnic just isn’t complete without a little tipple, whether it be a nice bottle of red wine or refreshing bottles of beer or cider. If you’re a new brewer who wants to make the most of the recent good weather and increase in sales, then you need to take a look through our massive collection of glass beer and cider bottles! We’ve got them in all shapes and sizes; with sizes ranging from 200ml up to 500ml in a choice of clear or amber glass. You can even add crown caps! For wine, our single serving-sized 187ml Mini Bordeaux Glass Bottle is ideal.

Food

If you’re bringing a salad to your picnic this International Picnic Day, there’s a better way to eat it than serving it out of a big bowl onto paper plates, where a slight gust of wind can cause salad leaves to blow away! Why not pack your salads individually in a glass mason jar instead? Not only are they easier to eat out of than a flimsy paper plate, they also look stylish and you can create works of art using colourful layers of vegetables, just like the one below. By packing individual salads for each person, you can tailor them to each person’s favourite vegetables and cut down on single use plates by using recyclable and reusable jars. Check out our vast collection of glass jars suitable for salads by clicking right here.

mason jar salad international picnic day

Jam, honey, chutney, hummus, peanut butter, lemon curd, salsa… all of these delicious picnic spreads and dips need to be packaged in something, and that something is a preserve jar. Our glass preserve jars offer brands a cost effective way to retail their products to the mass market, with our collection ranging in sizes from 190ml to half a gallon! If you’re a home cook, then these jars are perfect for storing your homemade dips and preserves. Why not try out this easy hummus recipe from Jamie Oliver? It’s the best thing to dip your breadsticks and carrot sticks into, and best of all, the chickpeas in hummus are extremely good for you!

International Picnic Day: The Definitive Picnic Food Ranking

Which classic picnic food will come out on top in our rankings?

15. Egg and Cress Sandwiches

If there’s a worse sandwich, then we’ve not heard of it. Usually put into lunch boxes by mums who just want their kids to get some greenery. The cress always get stuck in your teeth and egg should never be the main ingredient in a sandwich!

14. Pickled Eggs

Vinegary boiled eggs… no thanks.

13. Pasta Salad

Whilst a pasta salad with mayonnaise and spring onions is nice enough, it’s mainly just there to fill you up. A forgettable part of a picnic.

12. Quiche

We think that quiche is best served warm, so serving it cold in a field does nothing for us.

11. Jam Sandwiches

There’s nothing wrong with the taste of a jam sandwich, in fact it is wonderful. It is however unacceptable to be seen eating one in public above the age of about 10.

10. Pickled Onions

Whilst many people love pickled onions by themselves, adding them to a sausage sandwich takes it to another level.

9. Pork Pies

The concept of a pork pie is delicious; pork wrapped in pastry, but the constant lumps of hardened jelly fat are somewhat off-putting…

8. Coronation Chicken

The ultimate dish of British multiculturalism is chicken covered with mayonnaise and curry powder! Originally created to celebrate the Queen’s coronation in 1953, it’s now a staple of British sandwich fillings.

7. Bakewell Tarts

A favourite of grandmothers everywhere! Everyone has a different way of eating them, whether it’s picking off the glacé cherry first, nibbling around the crust or just biting straight in, but we all agree that they are yummy.

6. Flapjacks

The best flapjacks are those that are home baked by your mum, but the shop-bought ones are pretty good too. Squidgy, oaty, sweet goodness!

5. Chicken Drumsticks

Anything you can eat using your hands is alright by us. Chicken drumsticks come in many different flavours as well, from jerk chicken to smoky barbecue – so there’s a type of chicken drumstick for everybody (except vegetarians).

4. Cocktail Sausages

Usually seen on buffet platters at children’s parties and weddings, the humble cocktail sausage is a true joy. They are addictive though, and before you know it, you’ve probably eaten close to an entire pack by yourself.

3. Brownies

Is there anything more delicious than a slightly warm, gooey chocolate brownie? Whilst you can’t get them to stay too warm as part of picnic, they taste just as good cold, especially when they get an almost fudge-like texture.

2. Sausage Rolls

The traditional British sausage roll is often sneered at by food snobs, but we all know that it is one of the finest creations of this country. Whilst recent year have seen a surge in ‘posh’ sausage rolls from artisan bakeries, we all know that the best ones are those that have a 70:30 filling ratio of rusk to meat, like those from a certain high street chain bakery…

1. Scotch Eggs

Let’s be honest, the Scotch Egg is a culinary wonder. On paper, a boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs sounds a bit mental, but it just works! They are top of our list due to the fact that you can get them in bitesize and gigantic forms, as well as being the perfect pairing to a pint!

Disagree with our rankings? Then feel free to continue the argument in the comments!

Liked our ideas for International Picnic Day 2018? Then we think that you’ll love our guide to Swing Top Bottles!

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The Many Wonderful Uses Of Glass Jars!

Think that jars are only for selling food in? Think again! The humble jar is a versatile object that, when you use your imagination, can be transformed into many wonderful things and have many fantastic uses! From presenting your food in unusual ways, to creating stunning household display items, we’ve got some great ideas on how you can use your empty glass jars in an eco-friendly way that you can enjoy.

Layered Salads

Let’s start with a twist on the traditional use of jars: food storage. Why not use your empty glass jars to store your lunches for work by creating delicious-looking, colourful, layered salad pots? They’re so simple to make, easy to store in your fridge and let’s face it, they just look great! As well as layered salads, why not make a impression at dinner parties by serving up your posh puddings in mason jars? They’re perfect for soft, layered desserts that are eaten with a spoon such as Eton Mess, chocolate mousse, jelly and tiramisu, just to name a few.

Or if you’re more of a traditionalist, you can always simply use glass jars to store all your homemade jams and preserves. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of yummy preserve recipes that you can try out at home!

Jazz Up Your Jam!

Mini Terrariums

With just a little soil, a little water, a little sunlight and a little love, you can create your own miniature garden! Whether you’re a keen gardener who doesn’t have the outdoor space or someone who wants to grow their own herbs in your kitchen, glass jars are a great place to start. If you grow small plants in your glass jars, they make fantastic display items for your mantelpieces and windowsills. If you use them to grow herbs such as basil, parsley and thyme in, then you’ll have plenty of fresh produce right on hand to use in your recipes (and you’ll save some money on your shopping bill)!

Find a handy tutorial on how to make a mini terrarium at Makezine.com.

Extra Storage

Putting food aside, a glass jar is an ideal storage solution for small items such as buttons, pins and paperclips, even batteries! Instead of having a traditional ‘man drawer’, full of odd bits and bobs, why not get organised and separate these items out into handy jars? They would be on display so you’d never have to root around a drawer and wonder where anything is ever again! We’re thinking sewing kits, jewellery and any other tricky little objects.

Candle Jars

Glass jars are the ideal vessel for displaying simple tea lights and posh candles to brighten up your living space. There’s nothing better than having some candles burning while you’re snuggled up on the sofa in autumn/winter time! You could even just grab some fairy lights instead of a candle, place the lights in your glass jar, close the lid (leaving the plug hanging out obviously) then turn on the switch. You’ll have a shining ball of light that isn’t a fire hazard! Our range of Le Parfait Jars are absolutely ideal for this and, with no minimum order, you can get as many or as little as you want!

Glass is a durable material that can be used for both indoor and outdoor lighting and can be reused time and time again! You could also use a stylish votive if a glass jar with a lid isn’t doing it for you.

Packaging Gifts And Favours

Looking for unique party or wedding favour? Give a personalised memento that your guests can treasure for a long time to come by filling a glass jar with little trinkets from the day. These could include table name cards, confetti, cufflinks, earrings and a photo-booth strip from the event. Get creative!

Feeling romantic? A great little gift idea for Christmas, birthdays and Valentine’s Day is to fill a jar full of post-it notes which each give a reason why you love the other person. They can take one note from the jar a day and, if you can get imaginative, you can keep this going for a full year!

Finally, you could use your glass jars for what they were originally designed for: jams and preserves. If you’ve made your own homemade jam, marmalade, chutney or relish, you can turn them into sweet little gifts for friends and family to enjoy. Just add a lovely personalised label and tie a fancy ribbon around the jar and voilà!

Liked our ideas on how to use your glass jars? Then we think you’ll also like our guide to glass candle jars (and how to make your own candles at home)!

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Plastic alternatives for Mason jar meals

Plastic food pots alternative to Mason jars

If you’re a fan of the growing trend of Mason jar meals, but glass jars don’t fit in with your business or budget, why don’t you try using plastic food tubs instead? Don’t get us wrong, we love glass food jars, especially when they contain tasty food or drinks, but for some people they can be a bit too cumbersome. Plastic food tubs, on the other hand, are lightweight, much cheaper than glass, tamper evident (to prevent contamination) and suitable for heating in the microwave. Most importantly, they look great with layered foods in too.

Mason jar meals

 

Plastic is better suited to outdoor catering than glass, with it being shatterproof and, as such, is ideal for picnic hampers, outdoor events, food markets and takeaways. After all, who wants to cart around a basket full of glass jars to their picnic location, when they can carry plastic instead? Some of our food tubs even have their own handles, making it even easier for customers to carry convenience food away with them.

 

The key to making the perfect layered salads in our food pots is to get the texture of the layers right. The bottom layer should contain any sauces, dressings or foods with high water content, such as cucumber. This is so that the layers above are kept fresh and crispy, rather than going soggy. For the second layer, you can use some hearty vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, beans and potatoes. The next layer can include protein like meat, eggs, tofu or pulses and, to top the salad off, you can add grains such as quinoa, sunflower seeds and couscous, as well as nuts or dried fruit. There are so many different combinations to choose from and we have a range of food pots to choose from to suit.

 

Our pick of plastic tubs for layered foods

All of our food tubs are manufactured from clear food grade polypropylene plastic, which is recyclable (triangle no. 5), dishwasher safe and suitable for microwaving. They all come with tamper evident press on lids as standard.

Plastic food pots for salads and more365ml clear round plastic food pot

Great for: layered desserts, such as tiramisu, cheesecake, jelly, strawberries and cream; breakfast pots such as yoghurt with fruit compote and seeds or granola.

520ml clear round plastic food pot

Great for: layered super food salads; mozzarella, tomato and basil stacks; noodle dishes; snack pots such as hummus and crudités or dried fruit and nuts.

770ml clear round plastic food pot with handle

Great for: takeaway tubs such as nachos with cheese, sour cream, guacamole and jalapeños or layered curry and rice dishes; confectionery, such as cookie stacks, popcorn and candyfloss.

 

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