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How To Store Homemade Jam

How To Store Homemade Jam

It may seem simple, but there’s a lot to remember when it comes to storing jams and preserves. You need to make sure your jam is set to the right consistency before you bottle it. You need to ensure your jars, lids and equipment are sterilised and secure. And you’ll definitely want to do everything you can to pack in the delicious tangy flavours of your preserves. To make things a little easier, here are our top tips for how to store homemade jam.

Sterilise Your Jars

From jam to honey to homebrew, the number one rule of all kinds of preserving is to sterilise your containers. Sterilising your jars prevents your homemade jam from becoming contaminated, which can cause bacteria to grow and make your jams spoil.

You can sterilise your jars in a number of ways. If you have a dishwasher, just run your jars and lids through on a hot rinse cycle. You can also boil them, or put them in the oven. Follow these easy steps for sterilising your jars.

Sterilise Everything Else

It’s not just your jars that need to be sparkling clean. Make sure all the equipment you’re using – including spoons, lids, and funnels – have all been sterilised before you start. You can use the same method as you used for your jars if your items are suitable for use over a certain temperature.

Test Your Jam

To keep your jam fresh for as long as possible, you need to jar it when it’s at its best. The perfect moment to pot your preserve is when it hits its setting point. The easiest way to check if your jam is at its setting point is to use a sugar thermometer to heat the jam to 105°C. If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, follow the instructions here to test your jam.

Jar Your Jam While It’s Hot

If you ladle your jam into your jars and close them while the jam is still hot, this can help keep bacteria out until you open the jar again. The heat forms a vacuum seal with the lid of the jar, which helps to keep bacteria out and flavour in.

Use The Right Jars

If you choose the right jars for storing your homemade jam, the whole process becomes a lot easier. For example, using a jar that’s suitable for hot fill means it’ll easily withstand the high heats needed to sterilise and fill it. Jam jars that come with metal twist-off lids don’t need to be used with a wax seal, so they can be a more cost-effective solution than other jar types.

Store In A Cool, Dark Place

You don’t need to store jams and preserves in the fridge. If they’ve been boiled and preserved in the right way, bacteria is unlikely to grow in the jar, so there’s no need to keep it chilled. Instead, store it in your kitchen cupboard. To make sure your jams stay free from contamination, always use a clean knife or spoon to dip into your jar.

With these top tips for how to store your homemade jam, you can keep your delicious preserves fresh and flavoursome for even longer!

If you’re still looking for jars for your homemade jams, we offer jars in lots of styles and sizes. Whether you’re giving away your jams as gifts, or just making the most of a seasonal glut of fruits, you’re sure to find the jar for you in our collection. All our glass jam jars are suitable for hot fill unless otherwise stated. Shop our picks below – or take a look at the full collection.

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55ml Hexagonal Jam Jar 314ml Orcio Jam Jar 150ml Glass Jam Jar
55ml Hexagonal Jam Jar 314ml Orcio Jam Jar 150ml Glass Jam Jar
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Gingham Jam Jar Lids

gingham jam jar lids

If you produce your own jam, honey, chutney or any other preserves, then you need to take a look through our extensive range of glass jars that are absolutely perfect for packaging them professionally. As well our jars, we also have the twist off lids that you need to complete the look and lock in your product’s freshness. We have many standard colour caps to choose from, including black, gold, silver and red, but the stars of the show are our fantastic gingham jam jar lids! They come in a choice of red or blue and are compatible with a wide range of our glass jars.

We love gingham patterns, as they have the ability to evoke feelings of days-gone-by… think picnics in the park, jam sandwiches and homemade snacks on a sunny day! If you want to achieve this brand feeling with your product range or simply want some high quality attractive lids for your homemade preserves, then we’ve got plenty of options – such as the great products you can see below. All of our gingham patterned lids feature a rubber lining, which gives you a snug fit to avoid leakage whilst also keeping the food inside fresh for longer. There is no minium order required and we offer great discounts per unit when you buy in larger quantities!

Jam & Preserve Jars

Our glass preserve jars are not only suitable for jams and preserves, some of our larger jars are also great for packaging food such as pickled eggs and pasta sauces! As you can see from the examples above, we’ve got jars in all shapes and sizes, with capacities ranging from 30ml right up to half a gallon. Collections in this range include the Verrine, Bonta, Atlas and Squat jars, each with their own distinctive shape and compatible with gingham jam jar lids.

Our 262ml Verrine Glass Food Jar & Red Gingham Lid, which you can see on the left of the image above, is a curvy jar that is suitable for hot fill. This makes it ideal for filling with freshly-made jam! The jar is shallow, yet wide, so we think it would also be perfect for packaging sauces such as salsa and sour cream that you can dip crisps and snacks into. Get these jars with red gingham lids for as little as just 79p each! A slightly larger glass jar is our 1lb Glass Preserve Jar & Blue Gingham Lid (middle image) which has a classic jam jar shape that is perfectly complimented by the rustic blue gingham lid. The 1lb capacity of this jar is roughly equivalent to 380ml, with the wide neck of the jar being just big enough for you to dig your tablespoon into… These jars with blue gingham lids can be yours starting from just 57p each! Red gingham lids not only look great with deep red jams, but also with tomato based pasta sauces! Our 539ml Glass Atlas Jar & Red Gingham Lid (right side image) is a fabulous jar for packaging savoury sauces, with the flat sides of the jar making it easy for you to attach your branded labels and stickers. These jars and lids can be yours for as little as 67p each!

Check out all our jam and preserve jars by going to our Glass Preserve Jars and Glass Jam Jars categories.

Honey Jars

honey jars gingham jam jar lids

Honey Jars tend to look slightly different to other spreads and preserves, which is likely down to the fact that it is one of the only foods that humans do not have to do much themselves to produce – it’s all down to the bees! Choosing gingham jam jar lids for your honey jars is a great decision, as they do have the twee, cosy appearance that we tend to associate with jam. You could even use the different coloured lids to signify the different flavours or types of honey in your range, such as manuka vs clear, or lavender vs acacia. Our 1/2lb Fancy Glass Honey Jar & Red Gingham Lid and the 1/2lb Fancy Glass Honey Jar & Blue Gingham Lid can both be yours from as little as 80p each!

As well as our gingham lids, we also have a brand new honeycomb lid that features a stunning hexagonal pattern! This would obviously make the perfect lid for a jar of honey and would definitely make your product stand out on the shelves. Our 1/2lb Fancy Glass Honey Jar & Honeycomb Lid can be yours for just 75p each.

Liked reading about our gingham jam jar lids? Then we think you’ll also like our discussion on why glass is making a big comeback in European packaging.