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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.

Recipes

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.

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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 sales@ampulla.co.uk 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?

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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.