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How To Make Sloe Gin

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Now don’t panic everyone, but at the time of this article being published, it is just under 13 weeks until Christmas Day! But no fear, we have a great present idea that you can start putting into action right now, ready to give to your friends and family this festive season: homemade sloe gin! It’s easy to make, but takes a minimum of 2 months to mature – giving you only 1 month to spare before the big day! But how do you make sloe gin? Well, the first thing you will need to do is pick your sloes!

When Is Picking Season?

Sloes are ripe for picking at the start of autumn, so you can pick them right now! But what do they look like?

Sloes are small berries that grow on blackthorn bushes, which look like little plum trees that are easily identifiable by their slightly jagged leaves and long black thorns. The sloes look like little plums that turn almost black when they are ripe. But remember – if you’re not certain whether the berry you have picked is a sloe, make sure to check the berries you’ve picked against images online.

How Do I Make Sloe Gin?

Make sure to throughly wash your sloes before using them in any recipes. You never know what little bugs and bits of dirt have found their way into them! Many people online have suggested that you leave them to soak in freezing cold water for around 10 minutes, which helps all the unwanted objects float to the surface that you can then siphon off and dispose of. Now on to the good bit…

To make homemade sloe gin, you only need 3 simple ingredients:

  • Sloes
  • Gin
  • Caster Sugar

Take your freshly picked sloes and leave them in the freezer overnight. This will break the skin on the berries which releases their natural sweetness that will infuse into your gin. Take your frozen berries and fill an airtight container of your choice to around the halfway point, then fill up the rest with a gin of your choice. Just be warned, cheap gin can produce cheap tasting sloe gin. Finally you need to add around 2 spoonfuls of caster sugar, give the bottle a shake and leave it in a safe place out of direct sunlight for a minimum of 2 months. We advise changing the position of the container every few weeks (from upright to horizontal) in order to make sure that the sloes are fully immersed in all parts of the gin mixture. After 2 months the sloe gin will be ready to drink, but the beauty of this beverage is that it tastes even better the longer you leave it! Some people leave theirs for years and claim that the texture and taste is as smooth as silk.

So if you make your sloe gin this month, you will have the perfect homemade Christmas presents to give out to friends and family this December! Simply siphon out the sloe gin into individual bottles, add personalised labels and enjoy the look on people’s faces when they see it!

Perfect Sloe Gin Bottles

Luckily for you, here at Ampulla we have plenty of suitable bottles for sloe gin. We recommend using a glass bottle to gift your gin in, as they look posh and feel sturdy. Remember – we have no minimum order quantity so you can order as little as 1 or as many as thousands if you so wish!

Our range of Polo Bottles come in a range of sizes and have heavy, thick glass bases that give them an air of quality and make them very difficult to knock over. They even come with cork caps for a really traditional, rustic look that suits sloe gin down to the ground. These bottles come in sizes that start from 250ml and go up to 700ml.

sloe gin possible bottles

Swing top bottles are another throwback to the old days, with the faceted glass bodies of some of the models looking like they were produced many decades ago. Each swing top bottle comes with a ceramic stopper that is attached to the bottle with a metal clasp. This stopper provides an airtight seal, but best of all they simply look fantastic! Sizes range from 100ml up to 1 litre.

Finally if you want something different to a bottle, why not use a tall, airtight jar? Our Le Parfait Jars are the perfect alternative, with attractive French design and distinctive orange rubber seals that lock in all the goodness of your gin. These jars range from a small 500ml right up to a large 2 litres! This makes them great for presenting individual servings of gin for gifts and big sharing servings for the whole family.

Liked our guide to making sloe gin? Then we think you’ll love our ideas on how to achieve a vintage style with your brand!

How To Achieve A Vintage Style With Your Brand

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Every brand needs to have an identity to make it stand out from the competition. For instance, Innocent Drinks brand themselves as a childish, carefree company, whilst a tech company like Apple positions itself as the authoritative voice on technology and design. But how exactly do you carve out an identity for your brand to differentiate yourself from the pack? We’re here to talk you though a few of our ideas on how to achieve a vintage style brand identity for your beauty, drink or food range.


What you package your product in makes all the difference to how it is perceived, however many vintage packaging options are simply not suitable for the types of product you are selling. Here at Ampulla, we do have a range of study, vintage style packaging options that we think will make your brand achieve the look you desire.

Apothecary Bottles

Our range of apothecary bottles is perfect for bottling fragrances and they double up as fantastic reed diffusers. The old-school styling of the bottle is only accentuated with the addition of the glass stopper, which seals in all your product’s freshness. We think that these bottles would also be a great packaging option for powders and tablets, as well as herbal remedies. Our amber apothecary bottles are ideal for storing light sensitive products such as medicines, as the tinted glass acts as a UV filter to prevent light damage!

Swing Top Bottles

Swing top bottles are ideal for packaging home pressed juices, sloe gins and other old-school drinks such as elderflower cordial. The faceted sides of some models in our range add an extra bit of rustic glamour and the ceramic stopper not only looks great, it’s convenient as well! The stopper is airtight to keep your beverages fresh for longer and is attached to the bottle so you’ll never lose it! Ideal for use in bars and restaurants, as well as for retail use.

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Green Tinted Bottles

We have a small range of olive green glass wine bottles which are traditionally used to store red wine. The green tint of the glass makes red wines look even darker, richer and more appealing to your customers, whilst retaining the air of vintage style that you would expect from a centuries-old vineyard. Fit with a cork stopper to complete this classic look.

Gingham Lids

If you’re selling a range of homemade jams, our glass jam jars are fantastic at projecting a vintage style and rustic look. We have a range of sizes that go from a small 1oz (30ml) right up to a large 2lb (700ml), each of which come with the option to add a twist off lid. These lids are what make these jars so attractive as we have a selection of colours and patterns which include gold, gingham and fruity! We especially recommend the gingham lids if you want to achieve the vintage look. They look great at farmers markets and village fetes!


Your labelling is very much as important as your choice of packaging. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best bottle or jar in the world, if it doesn’t instantly tell your customer what your product is, it isn’t going to sell! Your labels also have to get across your brand personality to your customers with just a glance. So how can you convey that your brand is vintage?

vintage style wine bottles

One thing you could do is use the texture of rustic writing materials, just like the wine maker below has done with their wine labels. The faded beige and brown implies that the labels have been there for a while, and that the wine inside has aged and improved in taste.

This style works for not only beverages, but food and beauty products as well. In order to complete the look, you need to choose a colour scheme and font that reflects your brand. There are so many vintage style fonts that you can pick from, whether you opt for typewriter style, calligraphic or other! Just check out the examples we’ve put together below for some inspiration.

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In terms of colour, we recommend using brown, beige, gold and green colours to make the most of the rustic aesthetic.

Brand Voice

Finally, a true vintage brand needs to have a backstory. Clearly if your brand is truly vintage and has been around for decades, you will have a long company history that you will be able to condense into a charming tale that you can place on your packaging or a page on your website. If you make sure to weave this backstory into any copy that you produce, you can begin to embed this brand identity into the minds of your customers over time and encourage them to be loyal to your products.

Even if your brand is new to the marketplace, if you are marketing your products under a vintage style, then we assume that you would have a story of how your product was created inspired by the past. Use this link or inspiration from the past to create a connection to your customers in the present and future!

Do you have any tips of your own on how to achieve a vintage style with product branding? Comment below and share them with the world!

Liked our guide to achieving a vintage style with your brand? Then we think you’ll also enjoy our Cardboard Effect Bottles.

Turn Up The Heat With These Spice Recipes!

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There’s nothing quite as comforting in the autumn months as a dish that is enhanced with warming spices and tangy herbs that lift the flavour of your food and seem to hug you from within! We want to celebrate all things spicy and have put together a short list of the best spice recipes we can find online so you can have a go at making them yourself. Luckily for you, here at Ampulla we also have a great range of plastic and glass spice jars that you can use to store all these ground spices in. But first things first, the food!

Spice Recipes

All of the spice recipes below contain some kind of ground spice or herb. To us, they all sound mouthwatering…

Paprika Chicken

This delicious chicken is fairly straightforward to cook and includes a tangy vinaigrette that cuts through the creamy yogurt and smoky paprika marinade. Once you’ve made it, it’ll soon become a family staple.

What You’ll Need:

  • Plain Yoghurt, Garlic Cloves, Ground Paprika, Olive Oil, Chilli Paste, Cayenne Pepper, Whole Chicken, Salt and Pepper, Sherry Vinegar and Ketchup.

Find the full recipe at

Duck Breast With Honey, Mango, Sansho Pepper, Shiso and Daikon

This Asian inspired dish is sweet and tangy, with a warm heat of spice in the background. Perfect for cooking and eating on cold autumnal evenings!

What You’ll Need:

  • Duck Breasts, Honey, Plum Paste, Fresh Ginger, Sansho Pepper, Mild Curry Powder, Five Spice, Ground Ginger, Daikon Radish, Mango, Lotus Root, Watercress, Shiso Leaves, Shallots and a Lemon.

Find the full recipe at BBC Food.

Cardamom Butter Chicken

Butter chicken curry was originally created by accident, when a chef had to make a dish out of the small amount of ingredients he had left! Now it’s a tasty dish in it’s own right that has become a family mealtime favourite. Why not have a go at this easy recipe yourself, which adds cardamom into the mix?

What You’ll Need: 

  • Garlic Cloves, Chopped Ginger, Green Chillies, Coriander, Ghee, Onions, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Ground Cumin, Ground Fenugreek, Chicken Breasts, Cloves, Cardamom Pods, Cinnamon Stick, Canned Tomatoes, Plain Yoghurt, Double Cream and Rice.

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

Homemade Five Spice Mix

We’ve all heard of five spice – the ancient Chinese spice mix that is used in a variety of Asian dishes. It combines tangy pepper with sweet cinnamon and is ever-so moreish! Why buy the shop bought version when you can easily make your own at home?

What You’ll Need:

  • Cinnamon, Fennel Seeds, Star Anise, Sichuan Peppercorn and Whole Cloves.

Find the recipe at BBC Good Food.

Spice Jars

We have a fantastic range of spice jars that come both made in plastic and in glass. If you’re a manufacturer, this gives you the option to market your brand at either end of the price scale. Even if you’re buying these jars for home use, it’s nice to have the option! Plastic is great if these jars are going to be in contact with and used by young children, however glass adds an air of quality. Check out our best spice jar deals below…

Plastic Spice Jars

Our 65ml Plastic Spice Jar is the smallest plastic spice jar we have available, making it a great, cost-effective option for placing on cafe and restaurant tables where it can be regularly refilled for customers. The price for this jar starts at 55p per unit, but can go as low as 34p per unit when you buy in bulk quantities!

plastic spice jars

Our next size up is the 100ml Plastic Spice Jar which comes with a black grinder cap that is designed to dispense seasonings such as salt and pepper. Spend £1.36 on one unit, or buy in bulk and get them for as little as 92p per unit!

One of our largest plastic spice jars is our 1000ml model with green flapper cap. It’s large size makes it ideal for use by catering companies, wholesale spice distributers and restaurants, who will be using large quantities at one time. They can be yours for as little as £1.17 each!

Glass Spice Jars

Our range of glass spice jars is more limited than our plastic spice jar range, however we do not slack on quality! We have two sizes of glass jars: 100ml and 140ml.

Our 100ml Glass Cylindrical Spice Jars come complete with twist off lids, in a choice of two colours: gold and silver. The lids are rubber-lined to seal in freshness and to prevent leakage. The straight, smooth sides of this glass jar makes it easy for you to add your own labels or stickers.

glass spice jars

Our 140ml Spice Jars come with a choice of three twist off lid colours: gold, silver and black. Prices start from just 46p per unit, which goes down to as little as 31p per unit when you buy in bulk quantities.

Liked our collection of spice recipes? Then we think you’ll also like our Unusual Marmalade Recipes.

Quality Cosmetic Packaging

Launching a new cosmetics brand and looking for affordable, yet quality cosmetic packaging? Look no further! Here at Ampulla, we have so many great options for all your different types of products, including lotions, balms and soaps. We offer very competitive prices on our cosmetic packaging, with the price per unit falling when you order more units. Let us talk you through a few of our recommended products.

Lip Balms

Whether it’s a roller, push up or applicator you’re looking for, we’ve got a variety of options for your lip balm range. One of our favourites is the 10ml Clear Glass Roll-On Container which is ideal for lip gloss and premium lip balms. The roll cap simply screws on and off, making the glass container easy to fill and dispense, and they can be yours for as little as 55p each!

The 4.3gm White Lip Balm Tube is typical of the branded lip balms you see on the shelves of pharmacies and supermarkets, using the push up mechanism to deliver the stick of balm upwards until it runs out. Each tube comes complete with the plastic cap closure and prices can go as low as just 17p per unit!

We also have the 8ml Clear Plastic Lip Gloss Container which features a soft-ended applicator that screws onto the main container. Although it is designed to be used for lip gloss, this container would also be suitable for eye shadows and some other cosmetic products. From as little as 77p per unit!


Our tubs are available in glass, plastic and aluminium versions, which helps you place your product in the brand value hierarchy. Our 30ml Clear Glass Ointment Jar is one of our high quality glass jars, featuring a black screw cap which has a lining to preserve the freshness of your cosmetic product and prevent it leaking out. They cost as little as 38p per jar when you buy in bulk.


The 75ml Aluminium Jar is a great little tub that is ideal for both face creams and body lotions alike. It comes with a matching screw on lid which is perfect for sticking your branding to and is visually appealing. As well as being used for moisturisers and lotions, this jar could also be used for wax and polishes! Prices are as little as 58p per jar.

If it’s a plastic jar you’re looking for, the 6ml Clear Plastic Jar is another great option. It’s a small tub that is well suited for sending out product samples or even for lip balm moisturisers. This jar is available for as little as 12p per unit.

Creams & Serums

Airless dispenser bottles are the ideal choice for creams and serums where it is important that air bubbles do not form in your product. Due to the airless technology, these bottles also reduce product contamination and takes away the need to use preservatives – great for cosmetics made using all-natural ingredients. We currently have 9 models of airless dispensers in stock, with sizes ranging from 30ml to 150ml.

Our smallest bottle is the 30ml Airless Dispenser Bottle which has a clear body with a polished silver top, giving your brand a sleek, luxury look. These bottle can be yours for as little as £1.55 each.

Our 50ml Airless Frosted Bottle is slightly larger and features a frosted plastic body that will make your products stand out from other brands. The screw top cap makes the bottle easy to fill and prices go as low as £1.90 per bottle.

Our 100ml Airless Dispenser White Bottle has a different design to the other two bottles featured above, with an opaque white body that is more wide-set than it’s counterparts. It has a glossy finish that would look great when paired with your branded labels and stickers of any colour! Prices are as low as £1.14.

Soap Dispensers

Our soap dispensers come in all shapes and sizes so you can find your perfect bottle whether your brand is basic or luxury. One of our standard shaped bottles is our 250ml Clear PET Plastic Oval Bottle, which comes with a black lotion pump cap that has the ability to lock and prevent spillages. The caps come with dip tubes that can be trimmed down to your desired length. The cost of these bottles can go as low as 96p per unit.

Whilst not a traditional soap, shampoos and conditioners are popular cosmetic products that need cosmetic packaging as well! Our 400ml Oval Natural HDPE Shampoo Bottle is a fantastic option for your hair care range, as well as being suitable for baby lotions, shower gels and tanning lotions to name just a few. The bottle has a hinged snap on lid as it standard with shampoo bottles and can cost as little as 61p per unit!

For a traditional soap dispenser bottle, look no further than the 500ml Clear PET Hand Wash Bottle. It has a classic rounded shape and comes complete with a silver lotion pump for easy dispensation. Prices for this bottle go as low as 74p per unit when you buy in bulk.

One of our favourite and most unique-looking soap dispenser bottle and piece of cosmetic packaging is the 500ml Natural Square HDPE Bottle which is a striking and model addition to your cosmetic range. The 4 straight sides of the bottle make it very easy for you to attach your branded labels and the locking feature of its lotion pump cap is perfect for preventing accidental spillages and gives you peace of mind during transportation! This bottle is available for as little as 93p per unit.


Like the look of our cosmetic packaging? Then we think you’ll love our range of Candle Jars!


*All prices correct at time of publication (5th September 2017) and are subject to change.

Get Creative With Our Glass Candle Jars

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There’s just something special about candles that we can’t put our fingers on. Whether it’s summer or winter, spring or autumn, you can use candles all around your house and garden in many ways: to relax in the bath, to use as a light source, to use as a fragrance and even just for decorative purposes! But no luxury candle is complete without being packaged in a stunning, high quality jar. Whether you are packaging small tea lights, medium sized candles or even larger centrepiece candles, we’ve got a selection of great glass candle jars for you. All of our glass candle jars are suitable for hot fill and are just waiting to be filled with your candle mixtures!


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Tea Lights and other small candles are ideal for mantelpieces and to place around a relaxing bath. We stock a number of small glass votives ranging from 5cl up to 38cl that you can easily fill with delightful scents! Amazingly, our 5cl Gabrielle Glass Votive is available for as little as 35p per unit and our 38cl Islande Glass Votive is available from as little as £1.74 when you buy in bulk. They come in a variety of shapes: from conical to cubes!

As well as being perfect for filling with candles, our votives are also great vessels to serve up your posh desserts in, such as yoghurts and layered puddings.

Classic Glass Candle Jars

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For slightly larger candles, our range of classic glass candle jars are ideal. They are chunky, with heavy bases that make them difficult to break or fall over, and come in 3 different sizes: 15oz, 22oz and 31oz. They all come complete with glass lids that are lined with rubber to lock in your candle fragrance until it is opened. These jars are sure to add extra perceived quality to your brand, allowing you to increase your product price and grow your business! If Yankee Candle can do it, why not you?

An added benefit of our Classic Glass Candle Jars is that they have large surface areas, making it easy for you to add your branded stickers and make your candle collection stand out from the crowd.

Table Centrepieces

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Why not create a real statement piece in your candle collection by filling large jars such as our 57cl Glass Bubble Bowl. It would make a fantastic, unique centrepiece to place on tables both at home and in restaurants! Prices start from £2.95 per unit, but can be as cheap as £1.99 each when bought in bulk. We also have the Flat Glass Dish, which has a lower profile that would also look fantastic if it was filled with potpourri or decorated pebbles.

How To Make Your Own Candles At Home

Fancy trying your hand at candle making? It’s easier than you might think!

What you’ll need:

  • A wax of your choice (paraffin wax, soy wax, beeswax…)
  • Wicks
  • Glass jars
  • Fragrance of your choice
  • Oil based colouring (if needed)

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In essence, all you have to do to make a candle is melt down some wax, add a fragrance and colour (if you so wish), pour the melted mixture into a jar with a wick and leave to set. Voila! For a more detailed breakdown on how to do this, take a look at WikiHow by clicking here.

Like the look of our candle jars? Then you’ll love our jam jars!

Grab The Best Cheap Jam Jars This Jamming Season!

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It’s jamming season! The fruit is ripe for picking, ready for you to whizz up into all sorts of delicious preserves like jams, marmalades and chutneys. Here at Ampulla, we want to help you maximise the quality, taste and appearance of your jams, with this short guide of tips and tricks! We might even have a variety of cheap jam jars knocking around that could come in useful for you…

Jam-Making Tips

You might think that making jam is child’s play, I mean, all you have to do is boil up some fruit and sugar until it turns into a gooey mess then leave it to set right? However if you follow some easy steps, you can make sure that your jams are the best they can possibly be. Let us talk you through some.

Sterilise Your Jam Jars

It is very easy for bacteria to get into your jars, and the warm environment and sugars in your jam gives them the ideal space to start multiplying! You will need to sterilise your glass jam jars before use simply by washing them in hot soapy water, then baking them in the oven at 140 degrees celsius until they are completely dry. If you are using jars with rubber lined lids, you will need to remove the linings and boil them in hot water (as baking rubber seals will cause damage to them).

Use Commercial Pectin If Necessary

Simply put, pectin is a fibre that exists in the cells of fruits and vegetables that holds up the cell walls. It is the pectin that will thicken your jam and help it to set. However, some fruits have more pectin than others, meaning that some types of jam will set better than others. Cranberries, blueberries and gooseberries have high pectin levels, whilst strawberries have low pectin levels. Therefore if you are using fruits such as strawberries in your jam, we recommend adding a high pectin fruit into your recipe to increase the pectin levels or, if you do not want to alter the taste of your jam, you can also buy commercial pectin to add into your jam to thicken it. Don’t worry, this will not reduce the quality of your jam.

Use Jars With Twist-Off Metal Lids

When setting jam, a lot of jam-makers place wax discs over the top of their jars, which is intended to prevent any mould from forming on the top of your jam. However if you set your jams in jars that are compatible with twist-off metal lids, the wax discs won’t be necessary. This is because these lids are airtight, so once they are secured onto the jars it is impossible for any bacteria or mould to get in. Ampulla has a great range of twist-off metal lids that are compatible with our cheap jam jars, that come in a myriad of designs including gingham and floral patterns!

Don’t Label Hot Jars

Make sure that your jam is fully cooled in the jar before adding any branded labels or stickers. If you try to add them whilst the jar is warm, the heat will cause the labels to wrinkle and peel off.

Cheap Jam Jars

Choosing the right jam jar for your preserves is key to your brand. Are you serving up mini portions at hotel breakfast buffets or are you retailing to the mass market? Luckily for you, we have a variety of cheap jam jars available to suit your every need! Our jars range from 30ml sizes right up to 700ml, which you can browse by clicking here.

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Our 30ml Mini Glass Jam Jars come with a choice of 3 different lid colours and are ideal for single servings of jam at buffets and posh afternoon teas! Meanwhile our 190ml Glass Jam Jar is perfect for packaging family sized portions to retail to the mass market.

If you’re working within a budget, we also have fantastic range of budget jars that are cost-effective but don’t skimp on quality.


Stuck for inspiration? Why not steal some ideas from these great recipes?

In conclusion, if you’re making jam, just follow our steps and you’ll be right as rain. P.S. Make sure to take a look at our cheap jam jars, we promise they won’t disappoint!

Liked this guide to cheap jam jars? Then you’ll love our 5 Unusual Marmalade Recipes.

‘Cast Iron’ Style Cooking Pots

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At first glance you would think that these cooking pots are made from cast iron – but they’re 100% plastic! They have been specially moulded using PP (polypropylene) to give the appearance of thick metal. They’re a sure-fire conversation starter!

Add a traditional, homely feel to your stews, soups and broths, but without the massive expensive of cast iron. These cooking pots can be heated up to 130 degrees Celsius, frozen at -20 degrees Celsius and are food grade approved. They come in 3 different sizes: 300ml, 650ml and 1L, so you can serve up single servings or sharing pots, whichever your preference. Each pot comes with a matching, snug fitting lid to stop your dish from spitting in the microwave, as well as keeping your food warm inside as you serve it.

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The PP plastic they are manufactured with is absolutely perfect for food packaging that is going to be exposed to microwave heat, due to the plastic’s high melting temperature. It also doesn’t absorb water and is very unlikely to shatter. Ideal for dinner parties, catering at corporate functions and restaurants alike!

Main Features:

  • Lightweight feel of plastic, with the look of cast iron;
  • Microwave safe;
  • NOT SUITABLE for use in gas or electric ovens;
  • Available in 3 sizes;
  • Lid included.
Test Out Our Cooking Pots With This Tasty Recipe

Chilli made just using a microwave? You’d better believe it! Check out this great recipe from BBC Food – it only takes 15 minutes to get it from your fridge to your stomach!

What you’ll need: Onion, garlic clove, butter, ground cumin, paprika, chilli flakes/powder, chopped tomatoes, kidney beans, vegetable stock cube, dark chocolate, soured cream and coriander.

What are you waiting for?

Prices for these awesome pots are from as little as £1.65 per unit when you buy in bulk!

Liked the look of our cast iron style pots? Then you’ll love our cardboard-style HDPE bottles!

5 Unusual Marmalade Recipes

We all know what marmalade is right? A bitter preserve made from juicy oranges boiled down to a sticky spread, perfect for toast. But contrary to popular belief, marmalade can be made with more fruit than just oranges. The term ‘marmalade’ refers to a preserve made using any citrus fruit; different from jam which is made from non-citrus fruit and is generally very sweet instead of more bitter and acidic.

Why not have a go at making one of the unusual marmalade recipes below at home to spice up your breakfast times?

1. Dark Muscovado & Whisky Marmalade

One for the grown ups! It’s a rich, boozy flavoured marmalade that will definitely wake you up in the morning. Instead of just having this marmalade on toast, why not use it as a flavouring in another recipe such as a filling in a cake? You can even add a drop of treacle for an even deeper flavour!


  • Seville Oranges
  • Lemons
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Dark Muscovado Sugar
  • Whisky

Find the full recipe at BBC Good Food.

2. Lime Marmalade

This slightly different variation on classic marmalade is great for not only putting on toast – it can also be used as a fantastic marinade in chicken recipes!


  • Limes
  • Lime Leaves
  • White Granulated Sugar

Find the full recipe at The Telegraph.

3. Grapefruit Marmalade

A tangy spread that would make a great jammy filling for a tropical cake. It could also be a fun way to introduce young children to a new, more interesting fruit as making it into a sweet marmalade is more appealing to young children than a lightly bitter fresh fruit. Once they get a taste for it, they may be more likely to eat the fruit in its original, healthier form!


  • Grapefruit
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Lemons

Find the full recipe at Le Parfait.

4. Three Citrus Marmalade

Why have one citrus fruit when you can have three? This marmalade combines orange, lemons and limes for a tasty flavour explosion!


  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • White Granulated Sugar

Find the full recipe at Tesco Real Food.

5. Orange & Rhubarb Marmalade

Rhubarb seems to be a criminally underused ingredient in British kitchens, which is a shame as it is delicious when cooked in the right recipes. This recipe adds rhubarb into the traditional orange marmalade recipe, to add an additional sweet element to the preserve and counteract the bitterness of the orange.


  • Rhubarb
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Oranges

Find the full recipe at All Recipes.

Preserve Your Preserves!

Here at Ampulla, we have a huge collection of glass and plastic preserve jars to keep your homemade jams, marmalades and chutneys fresh for longer.

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We’ve got rustic, French-inspired Le Parfait Jars, which feature orange, rubber-lined, airtight, seal and clip closures. Or if you’re looking for a more traditional jam jar, we’ve got plenty of glass jars that are perfect for storing your unusual marmalade recipes; with sizes ranging from a miniature 41ml right up to a large 700ml. You can order 1 or 1000 – we have no minimum order! The more you buy, the lower the unit price.

Feel free to get in touch with our friendly team on 0161 367 1414 or send an email to if you have any pressing questions about our jam jar ranges.

Enjoyed our unusual marmalade recipes? Why not take a look at our guide to our budget glass jars that you can package your yummy creations in?

Plastic Vs Glass Packaging

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It’s a question that has been debated by manufacturer’s for decades. Which is better for packaging: plastic or glass? Both materials have advantages and disadvantages, but is one really better than the other? Here at Ampulla, we’ve taken a thorough look at each material and compiled this plastic vs glass factsheet to help you make your mind up…


The quality of plastic and glass materials varies massively depending on the manufacturer. Obviously there are health and safety issues that come with using glass, as most jars and bottles will shatter easily when dropped onto hard surfaces and can even cause serious injuries if you end up cutting yourself on the sharp shards. In contrast, plastic is very durable and unlikely to break when dropped, making it safer for use around children.

On the other hand, glass does add an air of glamour and quality to your product, doesn’t affect the taste of your products and has zero rate of chemical interactions to keep your product pure and intact.


Both plastic and glass bottle and jars come in many different shapes, sizes and colour variations, as well as differentiations in the chemical make-up of the material.

Types Of Plastic

  • HDPE (High Density Polythylene) – One of the most widely used plastics due to being strong, fully recyclable, creating no harmful emissions during production and leaking no toxic chemicals into the soil or water. Widely used in food packaging such as butter tubs, cereal box liners, milk bottles, as well as household items such as cleaning products and detergents.
  • PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) – Used in 70% of all soft drinks packaging. More flexible and lightweight than HDPE and can be moulded into lots of different shapes and sizes.
  • PP (Polypropene) – Great for food packaging that could be exposed to microwaves and dishwashers, thanks to its high melting temperature. It doesn’t absorb water, is lightweight, flexible and unlikely to shatter.
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) – One of the most widely used plastics after PET and PP. It comes in two forms: as a rigid polymer or as a flexible plastic. Fully recyclable and keep your food free from contamination.
  • PVDC (Polyvinylidene Chloride) – Typically used as a coating for other plastics such as PET, to increase the barrier resistance of a product. PVDC is often known as Saran, a name that was trademarked by S.C. Johnson & Son for their brand of plastic wrap.

You can also find different coloured plastics in the HDPE, PET and PP collections which can are available in white, black, red, brown and more, with both opaque and semi-transparent options.

Types Of Glass

Our glass also comes in a selection of great colours other than the standard clear glass models. Here at Ampulla, we offer green, amber and cobalt glass bottles, which we think adds a rustic flair to your products.


Both plastic and glass are recyclable, but are reused in different ways. Whilst glass can only be recycled into other glass products, plastic can be turned into many different products. These include new bottles and jars, plastic bags, lawn furniture, playground equipment, recycling bins, fabrics and so much more!

But that’s not to say that recycling glass is less important. Just one recycled glass bottle can produce enough energy to power a TV for 90 minutes and 1000 tons of recycled glass saves 314 tons of CO2 every year!

Plastic Vs Glass Packaging: In Summary

The conclusion that we’ve come to in our plastic vs glass debate is that it really depends on the product you will be packaging as to whether plastic and glass is the right material for you. Here are a few pointers we have to make sure you pick the right packaging for your brand:

  • Glass is great for: brands that want to add a perceived value on their products, higher quality/higher priced products and products that are aimed at adults.
  • Plastic is great for: products that children will be using or in contact with to prevent possible injuries with glass, eco-friendly brands and brands that like a variety of materials to choose from.

There is also another packaging material that you can try out if neither plastic or glass are doing it for you: aluminium! Here at Amphorea, we have a great range of aluminium packaging options that include bottles and jars that are perfect for cosmetics such as body lotions and lip balms.

Looking for fantastic quality glass jars on a budget? Look no further – we’ve got great prices on wholesale jars for your business right here!

Wholesale Glass Jars For Businesses On A Budget

wholesale glass jars

We think we’ve got the best wholesale glass jars anywhere on the web, especially when it comes to price. Best of all, the more you order, the better the price we can offer you!

You can browse the whole Budget Glass Jar range by clicking here, but for now here are a few of our favourites from the collection.

The cheapest jar in our Budget Jar range is the new 150ml Clear Glass Jar. Unlike our other offerings, this jar doesn’t come with a lid but is compatible with 53mm twist off closures if you wish to buy those separately. One unit costs 18p, however if you buy these jars in bulk you can get them for as little as 10p per unit! A great choice for small businesses that are just starting out.

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The 370ml Clear Glass Jar is low in price but not in quality! This jar comes with a red gingham patterned twist off lid which will give a rustic, homely feel to your products, but is also available with gold, silver, white and black lids – or with no lid at all. Each lid is rubber lined to preserve the freshness of your product, making this jar ideal for storing jams and other preserves. Prices start from 36p for one unit, but can go down to as low as 24p per unit when you buy in bulk!

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If you’re looking for a taller, slimmer jar for your creations, then look no further than the 370ml Clear Glass Chutney Jar. This particular jar comes with a stunning twist off lid that is patterned with an intricate chutney design, featuring flowers and vegetables. What better jar to package your homemade chutneys in? Again, this jar is also available with other lid designs including black, gold, red, silver, blue gingham and fruity designs, with each lid rubber-lined for maximum product freshness. Get one unit for 38p or buy more for fantastic prices of just 26p per unit!

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Finally, one of the largest jars in our Budget Jar range is the 720ml Clear Glass Jar. Being a larger size, we think that this jar is perfect for pickled eggs/onions, beetroots, pasta sauces, mayonnaises and more. One unit is just 63p, but if you buying bulk you can get them for as little as 43p per unit!

wholesale glass jars

This is just a small selection of the budget jars available and you can browse the full range of wholesale glass jars by clicking here.

Looking for our best value bottles instead of jars? Check out our guide to what bottle is right for your product here.

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