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Jazz Up Your Jam!

Fed up of the same old strawberry jam on toast for breakfast? Well it’s currently jam-making season, so you can do something about it! The fruit is ripe for picking, ready to be turned into all sorts of tasty creations; whether it’s a fruit pie, crumble or jam. But why not veer away from the more traditional flavours such as strawberry and raspberry and go for something a little more unusual? You don’t even have to stick to making jam – there are plenty of other fantastic ways in which you can preserve your autumn fruit, such as as in relishes and curds!

The following recipes for jam, relish and curd make the most of the autumn season by using flavouring such as cinnamon and apple cider vinegar to enhance the natural flavour of the seasonal fruits. These are our favourites!

Jam Recipes

cherry jam preserves

Rhubarb & Vanilla Jam

Here in Britain, we don’t appreciate the humble rhubarb enough! We may use it in a crumble now and then, but let’s be honest – most of us associate rhubarb with the rhubarb and custard flavoured boiled sweet! Give this sweet vegetable the respect it deserves by turning it into a delicious jam that can be eaten on toast (and straight from the jar)! Rhubarb & Vanilla Jam is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy, making it incredibly tasty and keeping you coming back for more…

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

Spiced Plum Jam

This plum jam recipe is great, as it can be used in so many different ways. Of course you can eat it on toast as is traditional with jam, but it is also suitable for use with savoury dishes! Serve it as a sauce on roast pork or duck dishes for a tasty, fruity twist.

Find the full recipe at Tesco Real Food.

Relish & Chutney Recipes

relish jam preserves

Autumn Relish

This relish celebrates everything great about the autumn season, using apples, blackberries and ground spices for this delicious accompaniment to savoury dishes such as cold cuts of meat and a variety of vegetarian meals. Whilst being a very traditional autumn recipe, we think that this relish would be ideal for making around the Christmas period where you will probably end up with a lot of extra meat that you’ll need to create dishes from!

Find the full recipe at Good To Know.

Spiced Pear Chutney

Another very traditional autumn recipe, using pear and sultanas with a kick of chilli heat! A fantastic addition to sandwiches, wraps and savoury dishes such as a Ploughman’s Lunch.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

Curd Recipes

lemon curd jam preserves

Lemon Curd

We don’t know about you, but when we think of lemon curd, we visualise jars and jars of the stuff on a stall at a village fete being sold by the local Women’s Institute… Break the stereotypes of lemon curd by making your own at home! There’s nothing nicer than a thick slab of lemon curd on warm, buttery toast with a lovely cup of tea on a Sunday morning.

Find the full recipe at Delia Online.

Clementine Curd

If you want to try something a little different, why not add some clementines to your curd? They break down the sharpness of traditional lemon curd and makes you look very posh! This spread not only tastes fantastic on toast, but can also be used to flavour cakes and desserts.

Find the full recipe at Jamie Oliver.

Complete The Look With Our Traditional Jam Jars

When ever you make a batch of fruit preserve, it is very unlikely that you are going to eat the whole lot by yourself and many of us end up giving a lot of the stuff away to friends and family. Why not make a proper gift out of it by presenting them your preserves in rustic, traditional jam jars!

Traditional Jam Jars

If you’re after the traditional look, then our range of glass jam jars are perfect for you. They are simple yet functional, with plenty of space for you to add labels to the flat, smooth body of the jars. They are very competitively priced and come in a massive range of sizes, from a tiny 30ml right up to 700ml!

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Unusual Glass Jars

If you want a slightly more unique jar, then we have plenty of options for you. From Square jars to posh Le Parfait jars, you’re sure to find the perfect jar for your tasty jams and preserves that will catch your customers’ eyes (if you’re a brand) or impress as homemade gift packaging for friends and family. We’ve got many different unusual shaped glass jam jars which include Hexagonal, Square, Orcio and Le Parfait.

unusual jam jars

Add A Lid

Once you’ve got the right jar for your preserves, you’re going to need to lock in all that yumminess with a twist off lid. Luckily, we have a wide selection of lid designs for you to choose from, so you can match it to your brand or just pick your favourite one! We have plain colours that include black, gold and silver, as well as patterned designs that include gingham and floral.

jam jar lids

You can find all our compatible twist off lids at the end of all our glass jar categories – just make sure to take note of your jar’s neck size so you get the right one. Alternatively, you can buy the jar and cap together when you choose one of our bundle options within the categories. For any questions about our products please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0161 367 1414 or email us on [email protected]

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Jam Jars for Summer Preserves

Glass jars for jam making

It feels like summer is finally here, which means a number of tasty fruits are now in season, perfect for making jam with! You can choose from strawberries, blackcurrants, apricots, gooseberries and rhubarb – delicious spread on a scone or two, for afternoon tea in the sunshine.

Whether you run a café, sell your jams at food markets and farm shops, or keep them for your own consumption, we have a wide range of jars to preserve them in. If it’s a classic French look you’re after, check out our Bonne Maman jars. If you’re looking for a large, heavy-duty jar with metal clasp lid, our Le Parfait jars are perfect. If you need your jars to stand out on the shelf, try our ornate jars, including hexagonal, orcio, square and heart shaped jars. Or, if you’re happy with the traditional standard glass jam jar, we have lots of those too!

All of our jam jars are available with rubber-lined twist off lids, which provide an airtight seal and are suitable for acidic foods. There are no minimum order requirements, which is ideal if you’re making jam at home and only require a few jars. If jam making is a new venture for you, see below for some easy recipes to get you started, but don’t forget to sterilise your jars before filling them.

 

Rhubarb and apricot jamjars of apricot jam

Ingredients:

Apricots (3kg)

Rhubarb (2kg)

Granulated sugar (4kg)

Directions:

1)   Remove the stones from the apricots and chop them into pieces, then remove the leaves and any stringy parts from the rhubarb and cut it into small cubes (around 1 inch in size).

2)   Place the apricot and rhubarb pieces in a bowl, sprinkle them with sugar then cover and leave for a few hours or overnight.

3)   Put the apricot and rhubarb in a pan over a low heat, along with the sugar. Stir the mixture when necessary, until the sugar has dissolved.

4)   Turn the hob to a high heat and bring the mixture to the boil (not too vigorous) for around 15 minutes.

5)   Spoon the mixture into your jam jars, put the lids on and leave them to cool and set.

 

 

Strawberry jamstrawberry jam

Ingredients:

Strawberries (1kg)

Caster sugar (900g)

Lemon juice (4 tablespoons)

Directions:

1)   Cut the heads off the strawberries then crush them in a large pan, before adding the lemon juice and sugar.

2)   Put the pan over a low heat and stir, until the sugar has dissolved, then turn up the heat and bring it to a boil.

3)   After boiling, turn off the heat then transfer the mixture into jam jars. Leave to set then refrigerate.

 

 

Gooseberry and blackcurrant jamjar of gooseberry jam

Ingredients:

Gooseberries (1400g)

Blackcurrants (800g)

Granulated sugar (2kg)

Water (600ml)

Directions:

1)   Cut the stalks and ends off the gooseberries and blackcurrants then put them in a large pan.

2)   Add the sugar and water then heat gently until the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil, stirring continuously.

3)   Turn the heat down and simmer the mixture for 45-60mins.

4)   Turn off the heat then spoon the mixture into jam jars and leave to set.