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Go Wild For Our Animal Themed Party Lunch Pots!

animal themed party lunch pots

Holding an animal themed party for your little one? Looking for a fun way to liven up children’s school lunches? Then you’ll love these unique, lunch pots from our Novelty Snack Box range!

These cute little pots make great food displays at children’s birthday parties, or even to add a bit of silliness to a grown up occasion! They come in 3 different designs: Elephant, Pig and Tortoise, are sold in packs of 200 and are 100% recyclable.

Why choose a animal themed party pot?

  • They’re robust and disposable;
  • The lids press into shape to keep food fresh;
  • They encourage healthy eating;
  • The base doubles up as a bowl;
  • They are the perfect size to satisfy little appetites!

The pots are ideal for serving up mixed salads, nuts, fruit and other nutritional snacks, as the fun presentation of the meal may encourage picky eaters to give new, healthy foods a try! It’s also the perfect size for party favourites such as sandwiches, biscuits and confectionery.

Elephant

This baby elephant is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! Fill with fresh salad or snacks that will satisfy even the largest of appetites!

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Pig

Why not serve up BLT sandwiches or smoky bacon crisps in this little fellow? Unfortunately, this version of our novelty lunch pots is currently out of stock at the time of publication (29th June 2017), but please check back regularly in order to be one of the first to grab them once they’re back!

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Tortoise

We think that this tortoise shaped lunch pot is the perfect size and shape to store chocolate eggs at Easter time. Failing that, the round shape makes it suitable for the base to be used as a bowl and to be filled with all manner of delicious treats!

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All these animal themed party lunch pots are available in packs of 200 for just £57.47 – that works out at just 29p per pot! Like unusual packaging? Then you’ll love the look of our Eagle Decanter Bottle!

*Prices are correct at the time of publication (29th June 2017) but are subject to change.

The Best Juice Bottles For All Your Fruity Concoctions

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Thinking of starting up a small, homemade juicing business? Can’t find the best juice bottles to use in mass production? We’ve got you covered! Here at Ampulla, we stock a huge variety of plastic and glass juice bottles to suit all of your needs and perfectly showcase your tasty creations.

Best Juice Bottles

All the best juice bottles need to be the right size for your product line, easy to fill, sturdy and of course attractive to your customers! We believe that we’ve got a bottle for every occasion and hope that we can fulfil your business needs with one of our best juice bottles in our collections.

Plastic Juice Bottles

Firstly, we have our Standard Plastic Juice and Smoothie Bottles, which are available in a range of shapes and sizes: from 150ml right up to 1 litre. We offer huge savings when you buy in bulk, for example on our 250ml Clear Plastic Juice Bottle, which is priced individually at 50p but goes down to as low as just 32p per bottle when you buy 3024 units! The juice bottles come in both clear and opaque designs so you can choose whether you want your juice to be seen through the bottle or prefer to rely on great branding. Plastic bottles are only to be used for cold drinks; please do not use them to package hot drinks as this poses a health and safety risk.

If our standard juice bottles aren’t quite what you’re looking for, why not try out one of our Slim Shaped Juice Bottles? As you might expect from the name, these juice bottles are slimmer than the standard models and come in slightly smaller sizes. The largest version of this range is only 250ml, which makes these bottles a great option if your juice is going to be sold in single servings. The benefits of choosing a slim bottle is that it features large flat sides which are ideal for placing branded labels without having to negotiate sloping shoulders up to the bottle neck.

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Our Curvy Juice Bottles are one of our more recent additions and they have now become some of our favourites! The attractive shape of these plastic bottles actually creates a natural handle for customers to get a firm grip on. They come in a great range of sizes, from 330ml right up to 1 litre, so you have the option to use the same bottle if you want to sell single servings alongside bottles that can serve multiple people. Find out more about Curvy Juice Bottles in one of our showcase features.

Our Square Plastic Juice Bottles are very distinctive and not seen around very often, making them a great choice if your drink is quirky or little bit different. Just like the slim bottles, the straight sides of the bottle makes it easy for you to place your branded labels and as if this wasn’t enough, we’ve made sure that these bottles are available in our most popular sizes: 250ml, 330ml and 500ml!

Benefits of using plastic juice bottles:

  • They are robust and lightweight;
  • They are made using PET or HDPE plastic which are both fully recyclable;
  • They come with the option of adding tamper evident lids to give you and your consumers peace of mind about the quality of your product.

 

Glass Juice Bottles

Just like our plastic bottles, we have a collection of standard glass bottles alongside some ranges that are slightly different. Our Standard Glass Juice Bottles are made from crystal clear glass which is moulded into a curved shape to form a natural handle. These are our most cost effective glass bottles and are perfect for use on mass production lines to keep costs down and improve your margins. Sizes range from 250ml up to 710ml.

If you want your product to look retro and have a more vintage feel to it, we recommend using one of our Glass Swing Top Bottles. Each bottle is fitted with an airtight ceramic stopper that is fixed into place with an attached metal clasp, ensuring that your beverage does not get contaminated. These bottles ooze old-school style; with green tinted glass and a faceted design that your customers will love. As well as juices, we think that beverages such as milk and smoothies would also look fantastic in these, and they are also suitable for use with carbonated drinks.

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Finally, our Frescor Traditional Glass Bottles are another great choice if you’re going for a more traditional look. They are the classic milk bottle shape and come with a gold topped, twist off cap to really complete the look. This cap can be changed to silver or black in some cases if you wish. The lids are rubber lined to preserve the freshness of your product and are compatible with our shrink sleeves too, so you can create a tamper evident seal to give extra peace of mind to your customers.

Benefits of using glass juice bottles:

  • They can add value to your brand;
  • Perfect for vintage, traditional products;
  • Great variety of designs.

 

Find all our best juice bottles at ampulla.co.uk or give our team a call on 0161 367 1414 to get further advice from our friendly team.

 

Choosing The Right Bottle Caps For Your Products

A bottle cap is just a bottle cap right? Wrong! There are so many different types of bottle caps to choose from, in a huge range of sizes, colours and shapes, that it is easy to get confused. No fear – Ampulla is here to help you find the right bottle cap for your product with this handy guide. Almost all of our bottles and containers come with an option to add a cap or lid, but if you have any further questions regarding our products please don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff on 0161 367 1414 or email sales@ampulla.co.uk.

Types Of Bottle Caps

Pourers

Pourer bottle caps are generally used on long, thin bottles storing oil and sauces. The thin funnel stops excessive amounts of the contents rushing out of the bottle to encourage sparing usage; for example, when you drizzle dressing over a salad. Usually seen in restaurants, pubs and bars, these bottle caps come in 2 different forms – with a cap to cover a rubber funnel within, or just a simple, long spout. Which one you choose is up to you!bottle caps pourersGreat for:

  • Oils
  • Sauces

Screw & Twist Tops

Screw tops are probably the most common type of bottle caps, but they can also come in a variety of options and materials. Choose from aluminium and plastic to match your product branding and the shape of your bottle, then think about the functionality you want to achieve. Are the contents of your container harmful to children? If so, we strongly advise you to choose a child resistant cap, which you mostly see used on medicine bottles. These caps have to be pressed downwards to release after being screwed back on in order to prevent little hands getting in! Twist off caps are very similar, but differ in that they are metal and used with glass jars and some juice bottles. To lock and unlock them you just need to do a quarter turn, rather than screw off a whole cap with many rotations.bottle caps screw tops twist off child resistantGreat for:

  • Beverages
  • Sauces
  • Medicines (child resistant caps)
  • Preserves

Droppers & Pipettes

Droppers and pipettes usually feature a squeezy rubber teat at the the top of the cap which is used to suck up the liquid inside the bottle and transfer it to the desired place. Commonly used in eye drops and other medicines that have to be used sparingly.
bottle caps droppers pipettesGreat for:

  • Medicines
  • Essential oils

Spays

Spray bottle caps come in a number of shapes and have a multitude of uses. Atomiser sprays produce a fine mist, are operated by pressing the head of the cap down and come with a protective cap to prevent the spray from activating in transit. Nasal sprays are designed to fit smaller dropper bottles and are used for controlled dispensing of medication such as hay fever and cold remedies. Finally, trigger sprays are commonly seen on bottles of cleaning products and are designed to spray the liquid over a large surface area with one spray. These bottle caps have a locking device built in so that you can make sure that the spray is not set off accidentally and also makes it harder for children to operate it.
bottle caps spraysGreat for:

  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Medicines

Pumps

Pumps are very similar to sprays, but are made to dispense products that have a thicker consistency such as body lotions and cosmetics. Generally pumps come in 2 different shapes; with a long spout or without a spout. Both types are operated by pressing down the head of the pumps to dispense the amount of your choosing. Again, these bottle caps can be locked in place to prevent accidental spillages in transit.
Great for:

  • Cosmetics
  • Hand sanitisers

Stoppers

Stoppers are simply bottle caps that fit into the top of the bottle and are easily removed simply by lifting it off. Some stoppers come with rubber lining to keep the cap in place and prevent leakages (usually ceramic and glass stoppers), or even with a swing top, which you can see below. Swing top bottles have a metal clasp that keeps the stopper in place when not in use. The most common place to find a stopper is in a wine bottle, but they can be used for any thin necked bottle with whatever contents you wish! If you’re looking to achieve a vintage, old-school style with your product, a stopper bottle cap is a fantastic choice.
bottle caps stoppersGreat for:

  • Wine
  • Juices
  • Oils
  • Powders

Flip Tops

Flip top bottle caps are screwed into place and feature 1 central small hole for dispensing. These caps should be used with squeezable plastic bottles, as the only way to get the contents to come out is to apply pressure to the bottle (which is impossible with a glass bottle!).bottle caps flip topsGreat for:

  • Body lotions
  • Squeezable food products such as honey and ketchup

 Spouts

Finally, spouts are flexible plastic bottle caps that are screwed on and can be cut down to size to suit your preference. Spouts include a small cap to prevent leakage, which is either attached to the main cap or can be screwed on top. These caps are are great for precise, careful application of tricky substances such as superglue.
bottle caps spoutsGreat for:

  • Glue
  • Hair dyes

Found this guide helpful? Then you’ll love our packaging advice to help you perfect your brand!

Plastic food pots

 

For those summer picnics and days out to the zoo why not go old school and pack your own lunch. The variety of food available in your average supermarket is much bigger than the inevitable branded burger café or gift shop fridge sandwich so make it a mission to prepare you and your children’s favourite food. We have the perfect solution to all the factors to make your packed lunch a success our Plastic food tub. The airtight seal is guaranteed to make those tuna sandwiches stay fresh and uncrushed. The variable sizes will allow you portion control for those calorie counters amongst us and the very biggest will allow you to pack a wonderful homemade salad without it being crushed. We have the perfect way to prepare those salads all explained below:

The key to making the perfect 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.

Plastic food pots are better suited to outdoor catering than any other material, 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.

All of our food tubs are manufactured from clear food grade polypropylene plastic, which is recyclable, dishwasher safe and suitable for microwaving. They all come with tamper evident press on lids as standard.

Grab a bargain in our year round sale

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Grab a deal from our year round sale

Glass sirop bottles clearanceHigh street stores and online retailers are constantly advertising their apparently great January sale deals, in the hope that people will rush to buy products before the prices increase. Here at Ampulla, we don’t believe in faddy January sales. We sell clearance stock all year round, so you can grab a deal no matter what time of year it is. Our sale products vary all year round. You may even find a unique bottle that we don’t usually stock, at a great price.

All of our clearance products are brand new, having been manufactured to high industry standards. These bottles, jars and buckets are reduced in price because they are either end of line or limited stock, which needs to be cleared to make space for new stock. This means that we can offer sale products all year round. The only stipulation is that once they’re gone, they’re gone. So make sure you grab a bargain before we sell out.

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Amber glass Sirop bottles

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Sirop bottles are a trusted packaging option for pharmaceuticals, cough syrups, herbal medicines, chemicals, premium toiletries and cosmetics. Our amber glass Sirop bottles help to filter out UV light, for extra protection. The following sizes are currently on sale: 30ml, 100ml, 125ml, 150ml, 300ml and 500ml. Closures are included in the price, choose from: aluminium caps, child resistant caps, tamper evident caps, atomiser sprays or lotion pumps.

Plastic buckets

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A number of our robust, food grade plastic buckets are currently reduced to clear. Most of our buckets have tamper evident lids, to prevent contamination. They’re suitable for bulk food storage (including animal feed), powders, paints, pastes, chemicals, gardening products and general storage. The following sizes of white bucket are currently reduced: 10.3 litre bucket (metal handle, brown or purple lid), 18 litre bucket (metal handle and blue lid with finger holes), 18 litre bucket (metal handle and white lid), 20 litre UN bucket (black plastic handle), 22 litre UN bucket (black plastic handle).

50ml plastic bottle with pipette

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This small 50ml opaque white high-density (HDPE) plastic bottle is a one-off limited stock item. It comes with a grey plastic pipette cap (0.5ml dosage). This is the perfect little art and craft bottle, ideal for the controlled dispensing of inks and dyes. This bottle is also suitable for food colourings, flavourings and oils.

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Packaging to make products stand out

Looks are important when it comes to packaging

Glass bottles on the shelfThe start of a new year is an opportune time to take a look at your business, check how well it’s performing and work out how it could be improved. An important factor to take in consideration for business success is product packaging. Although much attention is often paid to advertising products, the way a product is packaged makes a big difference to the consumer. A recent study by Nielsen found that, ‘Nearly 60% of product decisions are made at the shelf’, which shows that a product’s appearance plays a vital part in its success.

When it comes to product packaging, whether you sell juice drinks, convenience snacks, beer, spirits, home fragrances, toiletries or cosmetics, you need a container that is not only functional, but also works well with your branding and helps to encourage the consumer to buy it. At Ampulla we realise that looks are important when it comes to packaging, which is why we sell attractive containers that will help your product to stand out on the shelf. We’ve put together a selection of our most visually appealing packaging below.

Packaging to make products stand out on the shelf

Square clear PET plastic juice bottles

Shop stand out packagingWhat makes me stand out: different from your average round plastic juice bottles, these premium square juice bottles offer a large flat label space and stand neatly alongside each other on the shelf. Available in: 250ml, 330ml and 500ml sizes, with a choice of coloured tamper evident caps.

Glossy white or black PET plastic bottles

What makes me stand out: a high gloss finish and slim, cylindrical design, along with a choice of contrasting black or white colour means that our glossy PET bottles have great visual impact. Available with a choice of closures, including sprays and lotion pumps.

Glass Eagle bottle

What makes me stand out: take a look and see for yourself. If you’re after a unique decanter bottle for spirits, this 700ml detailed eagle figure bottle is a must-have. Complete with cork stopper cap and glass lid, in the shape of an eagle’s head, this is a showstopper of a bottle.

Le Parfait – the jars that keep on giving

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The perfect glass gift jars

Le Parfait gift jarWhether you love it or hate it, Christmas isn’t far away. Some overly organised people will have already bought all of their Christmas presents this year. However, we know that many of you won’t have had the time to think about what to get for people. For those of you who haven’t bought any gifts yet – if you can’t be bothered buying the latest over-priced technology fad online, or traipsing around crowded shops – why don’t you get creative and make your own Christmas gifts? Our glass gift jars are waiting to be filled with goodies for your loved ones. If you want the ultimate gift jar, choose our Le Parfait jars.

Le Parfait jars really do keep on giving after the gift inside has been used, as the jars can be re-used for other things, such as jam making, desserts, cooking ingredients, tea and coffee, table decorations, pet food, craft projects and general storage. The most popular and versatile size in our Le Parfait range is the 500ml jar. We also stock the following sizes: 500ml, 750ml, 1000ml, 1500ml, 2000ml and 3000ml. Each jar has an airtight orange rubber seal and glass lid with metal hinge and clasp, which is suitable for food and non-food items.

Christmas gift ideas for Le Parfait jars

Chocolate truffles gift jarSweet jars – either make your own chocolates and sweets, or you can choose a selection of retro sweets or other sweet treats.

Candles – candles make great gifts for the home and they’re relatively quick and easy to make. You can create scents to suit each recipient.

Bath salts or body scrubs – a gift jar of soothing bath salts or exfoliating body scrub would make a relaxing gift. It’s easy to make your own too.

Cosmetic or toiletry gift sets – buy a selection of make-up, beauty serums or mini toiletries for the perfect beauty gift jars.

Body scrub in glass jarCocktail making sets – all you need is a selection of miniature spirit bottles, sugar and/or flavouring, a straw (or two) and a set of instructions. You can even drink the cocktail from the gift jar, through a straw.

Dog treats – if you need a gift for a dog owner, or for the owner of a different kind of furry or feathered friend, fill a Le Parfait jar with delicious dog treats or other pet goodies.

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Candle jars for homemade candles

Glass candle jars

Candles to lighten the mood

When the clocks go back on 30th October, the evenings will become darker and many of us will soon be yearning for more sunlight. Long dark nights can have a negative effect on mood and energy levels, sometimes causing overeating, sleep problems and lowered immunity. While we would like to bring the sun back to make things better, we’re unable to do so. Instead, we can help you to add a little light to your home, with our glass candle jars. Not only will candles give off light, you can also add soothing or energising aromas to them, to help lift your mood.

Glass candle jars

Small candle jarWe have an extensive range of glass candle jars, in different sizes and styles to suit your room decor. Our smallest glass votive has a 5cl capacity (smaller than a tea light diameter), which is ideal for creating a set of small candles. Our largest 38cl capacity votive has a solid base, for a high quality finish. If round candle jars don’t do it for you, take a look at our stylish square (cube) candle jars, available in 8cl and 29cl. The cube style allows you to create visually appealing candle displays, by standing them side-by-side or in a variety of formations.

Our large classic glass candle jar (31oz) is the same style as the jars used by many popular candle brands. This traditional, heavy-duty clear glass candle jar comes with a push on lid, which helps to keep dust off the candle in between use. This is ideal for large, heavily scented candles, to fill the room with uplifting scents. For centrepiece candles, with a great room presence, try our unique 57cl glass bubble ball, also known as a ‘fish bowl’. It’s perfect for tranquil floating candles, as is our large shallow glass candle dish (12.5cm x 7cm).

Candle scent ideas

Jar for floating candlesLavender – to relax, lift your mood and aid sleep.

Cinnamon – to help increase concentration and make you more alert.

Jasmine – to help alleviate stress and anxiety.

Peppermint – to help keep you alert and relieve mental fatigue.

Gingerbread – a mouthwatering, uplifting and warming scent.

Orange – to energise and uplift on dark nights.

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Pumpkins – not just for Halloween

Pumpkin uses

Uses for pumpkin flesh this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner – the only time of year when your local supermarket suddenly has a big stack of pumpkins for sale. The tradition of carving a pumpkin into a ‘Jack-o’-lantern’ at Halloween comes from English folklore. The story goes that carved pumpkins, with a light stood inside, were originally used to mimic mysterious lights seen over bogs and marshes at night, also known as ‘will-o’-the-wisps’. These days, pumpkins simply provide the opportunity for fun spooky craft projects – a way of decorating your house for Halloween.

Unfortunately, Halloween only lasts for one evening, but we have some ideas for your left over pumpkin flesh, that will make it last well past 31st October. Pumpkin can be used in many different recipes and drink concoctions, such as pumpkin pie, soup, curry, cake, bread, preserves and cocktails. If you’d like to turn the flesh of your carved pumpkin into something tasty, we have a great range of jars and bottles to store it in. Take a look at the pumpkin uses below, along with our pick of suitable containers.

Pumpkin recipes

Jam jar with pumpkin jamPumpkin jam

First, choose your jam jars – we suggest our 280ml hexagonal glass jam jars (available with a choice of rubber lined, coloured twist off lids). You’ll need to sterilise your jars before filling them.

Directions: put the pumpkin flesh in a bowl, cover it with sugar then leave it overnight; drain the juices off the pumpkin and bring it to the boil in a pan; add the pumpkin flesh to the pan, along with the rind (grated) and pulp (chopped) of a lemon; simmer for around 45minutes then pour the mixture into your jam jars.

Pumpkin smoothie

Smoothies look best in glass drinking jars – try our 500ml Quattro Stag jar with handle and gold lid. We recommend washing the jars before use.

Pumpkin smoothie in drinking jarDirections: turn the pumpkin into a puree by roasting it then blending it; put the puree in a freezer for a day or two; take the frozen pumpkin puree out of the freezer and soften it slightly by microwaving it for a minute; add the puree to a blender, along with sugar and cinnamon (to taste) then blend until it’s of a smoothie consistency. Pour it into drinking jars for serving.

Pumpkin beer

We sell a range of clear, amber and green glass beer bottles – you can’t go wrong with our 500ml amber glass beer bottle for bottling your tasty pumpkin beer.

Directions: brewing the perfect pumpkin beer is a lengthy process, you can find out how to do it here.

 

We’ve got the perfect jars for porridge

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World Porridge Day

If you’re reading this on 10th October, it’s World Porridge Day. Porridge is the breakfast staple for people all over the world, with good reason. Porridge can help to reduce cholesterol, it’s a good source of fibre and it releases energy slowly, keeping you full until lunchtime. You can eat porridge plain or you can add nutritious fruit, nuts and seeds to it or add a squeeze of sweet syrup. In fact, porridge is so popular that there is an annual World Porridge Making Championship, held in Scotland, which sees some really diverse porridge dishes served up.

Porridge jarsWorld Porridge Day has been established to help raise money for the charity Mary’s Meals. The charity’s aim is to provide meals for chronically hungry children in poor countries. Not only this, each meal is provided at a school, to help encourage education at the same time. Porridge is often served to the children, providing them with nutrition and energy. To help raise money for this worthy cause, Mary’s Meals is asking people to hold fundraising events involving porridge. You could hold a coffee and porridge morning, where you sell your special homemade porridge, or do something different – it’s up to you.

 

We’ve got the perfect jars for porridge

mason jarAs well as adding tasty toppings and flavours to your porridge, you can make it look even more appetising by putting it in our glass jars for porridge. Our food jars are made from clear glass, so you can see the consistency and layers of your porridge creations. The food jars come with lids, which will keep your porridge fresh until it’s time to eat it too. Our jars are a quirky option for selling porridge at cafes, coffee shops and canteens, or for making your own overnight oats to take to work.

Our favourite glass jar for porridge is the 500ml glass Mason jar. This trendy glass jar has plenty of room for porridge and toppings. It comes with a gold metal screw on lid, which goes over a rubber lined flat metal lid, for a tight seal. For a slightly heavier, luxurious jar, try our 500ml Le Parfait glass jar, which comes with a distinctive orange rubber seal and metal-hinged glass lid. For those of you on a budget, we have a great value 370ml glass food jar with a choice of rubber lined metal twist off lids. All you need to do is make the porridge to put in them!

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