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March Recipes Using Seasonal Produce

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March marks the start of spring, which brings a whole host of fabulous seasonal produce for us to enjoy! Gone are the heavy, starchy root vegetables that got us through winter; now is the time for lighter fruit and vegetable based March recipes, to help you get your body ready for summer. There are many tasty fruit, vegetables and meats that are at their best and most flavourful during the month of March, including: bramley apples, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, chicory, cod, grapefruit, jerusalem artichokes, leek, lemons, mussels, oysters, parsnips, rhubarb, lamb and sweet potato. Why not try your hand at one of our March recipes to make the most of this Great British produce?

Seasonal March Recipes

Impress your friend and family this month with one of our seasonal March recipes! We’ve got mouthwatering desserts and delectable savoury dishes that will put a big grin on anybody’s face.

Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Tart

Sure a rhubarb tart is delicious, but not as delicious as a rhubarb and custard tart! Add a crumbly topping and you’ll be in culinary heaven. If you love the rhubarb and custard boiled sweets, then you’ll absolutely love this tangy tart.

Ingredients: eggs, caster sugar, orange zest, cornflour, double cream, vanilla pods, rhubarb, butter, plain flour, custard powder and light muscovado sugar.

Find the full recipe at Delicious.

Lemon-Herb Roast Leg Of Lamb

Roast lamb is a true joy, but this recipe adds an extra burst of flavour to your meal with the addition of zingy lemon. Make sure to rest the lamb before carving in order to let the flavour sink even more into the meat!

Ingredients: garlic cloves, fresh parsley, fresh thyme, olive oil, anchovy fillet, lemon, salt and leg of lamb.

Find the full recipe at Chatelaine.

Greek Style Baked Cod With Lemon & Garlic

This Mediterranean fish dish is the perfect choice for a light evening meal or as a filling lunch. As with many Mediterranean dishes, simplicity is the key. This recipe only consists of a few defining ingredients, but together it makes a tasty, wholesome meal.

Ingredients: cod fillets, garlic cloves, fresh parsley, fresh lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, butter, plain flour, ground coriander, paprika, ground cumin, salt and black pepper.

Find the full recipe at The Mediterranean Dish.

Bramley Apple, Ginger & Caramel Pies

Apple and ginger are a match made in heaven, especially bramley apples, which are slightly more tangy and acidic than other apples. The caramel sauce gives a much needed sweetness to these tasty pies that’ll keep you coming back for more!

Ingredients: butter, bramley apples, ground ginger, flour, shortcrust pastry, caramel sauce, eggs and granulated sugar.

Find the full recipe at Love Food.

Cauliflower Tempura

Tempura is a popular way of cooking chunks of meat and vegetables, by deep-frying them in a light batter and served with a dip of your choice. It is an Asian snack food which you often see as a starter on the menu’s of Thai and Japanese restaurants in this country. We suggest serving these cauliflower tempura with a sweet chilli sauce or aioli.

Ingredients: cauliflower florets, plain flour, eggs, vegetable and extra vegetable oil for frying.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller is a famous dish created in a restaurant in New Orleans way back in 1899, but the original ingredients are still a secret to this day! The appetiser was named after the richest man in the country at the time, John D. Rockefeller, and features some rich, deep flavours. This recipe is packed full of butter, garlic and cheese to accentuate the saltiness of the oysters.

Ingredients: fresh oysters, salted butter, shallot, garlic cloves, pernod liqueur, heavy cream, spinach, salt, pepper and pecorino romano cheese.

Find the full recipe at The Gourmet Gourmand.

Jerusalem Artichoke ‘Jacket Potatoes’

Jerusalem artichokes are a vegetable that we don’t see too often on the shelves of our supermarkets, or one that we even are on the lookout for. However, it is an interesting vegetable that, when cooked correctly, is absolutely delicious! This unusual recipe turns this root vegetable into a hearty meal, similar to a filled jacket potato.

Ingredients: jerusalem artichokes, garlic bulb, rosemary leaves, rapeseed oil, ground mace, butter and lemon juice.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

Lemon Chicken With Charred Leeks & Fennel

Finally we have a light chicken dish, which clocks in at just 300 calories per serving. But for what it lacks in calorific value, it more than makes up for in flavour!

Ingredients: olive oil, tarragon, lemon juice, chicken breast, baby leeks, green beans, fennel and flat-leaf parsley.

Find the full recipe at Olive Magazine.

Like our March recipes? We’ve got plenty of plastic food tubs that are freezer safe for you to store your tasty leftovers! If you like this post, then we think that you’d also like our guide on how to sterilise glass bottles.

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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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Customer Success Stories – You Share Your Photos!

We absolutely love seeing all the creative and wonderful things that happen to our jars and bottles after they leave our warehouse, as looking at row after row of empty bottles each day does lose its appeal. So last week, we asked our lovely customers to send in some photos of their finished products so we could admire and show them off for you and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response! We apologise that we have not been able to feature all the photos we have been sent, but here is a wide selection of our favourite customer success stories!

Imagination Station

imagination station mcr 200ml clear PET plastic jar

Who knew you could turn a simple plastic jar into something so beautiful? Well the brains behind Imagination Station have done just that. They’ve used our 200ml Clear PET Plastic Jars to create these stunning works of art that are actually holding slime kits within! We don’t even know where to start with the sheer amount of work and skill it would take to make just one of these pots, so we take our hats off to you. Definitely one of the most unusual customer photos we’ve ever been sent!

Thanks to Sarah Bleasdale for sending these photos in.

Kamila Aubre Botanical Perfume

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From the visual exuberance to understated style; Kamila Aubre Botanical Perfume uses our 15ml Ace Glass Fragrance Bottles to bottle parfum extracts, which are traditionally made in small splash bottles. We think the simple, yet beautiful labels that these bottles are branded with add to the luxurious look of the finished product.

Thanks to Kamila Aubre for sending these photos in.

Koivulehdon Hunaja Oy

Koivulehdon Hunaja Oy

This birchgrove honey all the from Finland is packaged in our Glass Verrine Jars and finished off with eye-catching labels that perfectly let you know exactly what the product is (even if you don’t speak Finnish)! Koivulehdon Hunaja Oy is a relatively new company founded in 2017 and we think that they are doing a fantastic job with branding so far!

Thanks to Mehiläistarhaaja Humalajoki for sending these photos in.

That Soap

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The rustic labels that That Soap uses to brand their ranges of beauty products are absolutely ideal for the type of products that they sell. They reflect the artisan, homemade products within whilst also looking professional and fit for the shelves of mass retailers. That Soap have used our Glass Ointment Jars and Amber Glass Dropper Bottles with pipettes to package their range of fantastic products in which are made all the way down in the South of France, for which we are very grateful!

Thanks to Julie Wackrill for sending these photos in.

Lilac And Thyme

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Our Clear PET Plastic Jars are have also been used by Lilac And Thyme to package face masks, hand creams and foot rubs, with the clear plastic showing off the tempting product within and the aluminium lids finishing the look with style!

Thanks to Bernice Drummond for sending these photos in.

No Frills Cosmetics

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No Frills Cosmetics manufacture moisturiser and beauty serum using our Airless Dispenser Bottles as packaging, which are great for products made from all natural ingredients as product contamination is reduced, getting rid of the need to use preservatives. No Frills Cosmetics’ products are completely natural and designed for sensitive skin and not tested on animals. But the best thing about these cosmetics? A portion of the sales of each product is donated to the founder’s cancer support group and other nominated cancer charities! What a truly fantastic and heartwarming reason for starting up a business.

Thanks to Ann Mason for sending in these photos.

Skinderella

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Skinderella is a range of facial beauty products made for GlossGods that are packaged in a variety of our stunning Black PET Plastic Bottles. The glossy black plastic bottles combined with their simple, one colour design labels makes for a striking finished product!

Thanks to Anna Hellqvist for sending these photos in.

Pomme d’Or Gift Ideas

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Now we don’t like to pick favourites, but these bath bombs from Pomme d’Or Gift Ideas might just take the top spot in our eyes… They’ve used our 1 Litre Round Clear PET Jar & 110mm White Screw Lid for this ingenious novelty product: Chill Pills Bath Bombs. What a great gift for friends and family who need a laugh! The clever labels are actually super simple in design, yet manage to jazz up the plain, clear jar to a professional standard – no wonder it’s their best seller. Top job guys!

Thanks to Anne-Marie Fowler for sending these photos in.

Velouté Body & Face Cream

These gorgeous face and body creams from Velouté Body Cream is packaged in our Black Arese Jars to give it that luxury look that it oozes. The black and gold colouring together elevates this product to the top end of the market, with customers also reporting that the shive within the lid of the jar is great for keeping the cream fresher longer!

Thanks to Carolyn Simpson for sending these photos in.

Damask Skincare

Damask Skincare‘s Hair Growth Oil is packaged neatly in our 50ml Glass Flask Bottle, which we think gives it a luxurious look and feel for the customers. It’s the perfect choice for this miracle oil!

Big Green Tree Natural Skincare

These hand and body washes wouldn’t look out of place on the shelves of The Body Shop or Boots, but they are in fact made by Big Green Tree Natural Skincare who are based on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire! Using our 150ml and 250ml Square PET Bottles and lotion pumps, they have created this sleek, stylish range of skincare products to keep Britons moisturised. If the names are anything to go by, we bet these products smell amazing…

Thanks to Helen Frear for sending these photos in.

Ma’s Bars

Ma’s Bars make sure to use locally sourced ingredients in their handmade ranges of beauty products, making them a great advocate for small business in Greater Manchester, where they are based. That’s why we’re happy that they have also chosen a local packaging supplier with Ampulla Packaging, as we too are from the area! These products have been packaged using our Clear PET Boston Bottles and lotion pumps.

Thanks to Helen Robinson for sending these photos in.

The Pamper Box

The Pamper Box offers bath and body goodies that are handmade fresh to order via their Facebook page, using a number of different items from our packaging ranges. For their jelly soaps they use our 120ml Clear Round Plastic Food Pots, the shower whips are packaged in our 150ml Clear Wide Neck PET Plastic Jars and finally, the foaming salts are bottled in our 250ml Clear Plastic Juice Bottles!

Thanks to Laura Burton for sending these photos in.

Birch Lea Soaperie

Nothing says rustic like the branding and labels that Birch Lea Soaperie have used on their fantastic sugar scrubs and body butters! Instead of simply sticking an adhesive label on, they’ve gone the extra mile and used string to tie their labels around the 200ml Clear Wide Neck PET Plastic Jars, which perfectly suits the handmade nature of the products. We love it and I’m sure their customers do too!

Thanks to Leanne Seymour for sending these photos in.

The Little Blue Hen Soap Crafting Company

These artisan soaps from The Little Blue Hen Soap Crafting Company is a vegan business, meaning that their soaps do not contain any animal products and are not tested on animals. They’ve even gone plastic free in order to reduce their impact on the environment! The soaps pictured above are packaged in our Glass Ointment Jars and Glass Simplicity Bottles.

Thanks to Michelle for sending these photos in.

Dandy Candies

The retro sweets that Dandy Candy sell offer their customers a nostalgic look back at their own childhoods! We absolutely love the old-school branding of the jars and the clever lollipop logo, and they even give customers to option to add a personalised message if they are sending sweets as a gift. Customers apparently love the look of the shine of the jar and the foil on the labels, which is very eye catching. Get the look yourself with our range of Plastic Sweet Jars!

Thanks to Sammie Key for sending in these photos.

Rainflower

Rainflower offers a wide range of products, including soaps, candles, hair care products and even gardening gifts! For their range of hand creams, Rainflower use our 50ml and 100ml PET Plastic Jars paired with aluminium lids, which are finished off with a lovely floral label on the lid.

Thanks to Sandra Robertson for sending these photos in.

Singleton Skincare

These beautiful cosmetics and candles are from Singleton Skincare, a producer of home and beauty items. We love the simple, yet distinctive, logo that is embossed across the whole range of products, which when combined with the mellow pastel colours of the labels, makes for a very attractive brand! Singleton Skincare has used our Aluminium Jars, Glass Votives and Plastic Lip Balm Tubes to package the products seen above.

Thanks to Sarah Singleton for sending these photos in.

K Tang

 

Last, but certainly not least, we have London-based K Tang; which is packaged in our 180ml Clear Plastic Squeezer Bottles. K Tang is a ketchup made using kimchi, a traditional Korean pickled vegetable side dish, which gives it a distinctive tang that is perfect for burgers, chips and avocado (apparently)! We think the design of the logo fits K Tang’s young, alternative target market down to a tee!

Thanks to Stephan Fowler for sending these photos in.