With the country being in lockdown once more, cooking, baking and home crafting are again keeping us all occupied! Jam jars of all varieties can be one of the most versatile products you can own her we look at just a few of the different ways you can use them!
Jams & Chutneys
The most obvious thing that people will think of when it comes to jam jars is jams and chutney. With so many different flavours to choose from, we have included a recipe for a Christmas flavoured apple and cranberry chutney. When making jams and chutneys, you must remember to sterilise the jars by washing them in hot soapy water and putting in your mixture while your jars are still hot.
• 1kg cooking apples, peeled and chopped into small chunks
• 500g eating apple, peeled and chopped into large chunks
• 450g onion, sliced
• 50g fresh root ginger, finely chopped
• 1 tsp peppercorns
• 500g granulated sugar
• 250ml cider vinegar
• 500g cranberries
• Step 1: Place all the ingredients except for the cranberries in a large heavy-based saucepan, gently heat while stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, and then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 50 mins, stirring regularly until the apples and onions are tender, the mixture has thickened and no watery juice remains.
• Step 2: Add the cranberries, then cook for a further 10 mins or so until just softened but not burst.
• Step 3: Spoon the hot chutney into sterilised jars and seal. Store unopened in a cool, dark place. The chutney will keep for up to 6 months. Chill on opening.
Drinks served in jam jars are ever popular, especially cocktails and punch. Using Jam Jars for cocktails is the latest trend and is increasingly popular during the summertime. Mojitos, Daiquiris and Margaritas are just a few of the cocktails that work so well in jam jars and are so easy to make. Below we have a recipe for the ever popular Mojito.
• 60ml of White Rum
• 30ml of Lime Juice
• 22.5ml of Sugar Syrup
• 6-8 Mint Leaves
• 60ml of Soda
• Fill a jam jar with ice
• Pick some fresh mint and tear in half, place on the palm of your hand, clap the mint and add to glass
• Add the rum, lime juice and sugar syrup
• Top with a splash of soda
• Stir thoroughly
Jam Jar can be easily used to storage dry food such as porridge, flour and rice as well as being used to storage fresh fruit and fresh drinks.
Take your lunch to work by filling a jar with salad, noodles, rice and whatever else you can fit into your jars.
There can be multiple ways to use your jam jars in a decorative way. From using them as vases to using them as tea light holders or with Christmas coming up soon you can use your jam jars to do some DIY and create your own snow globe.
Milkshakes & Desserts
If creating individual desserts and you want to serve them in a creative way why not grab a sterilised jam jar. You can make no-bake desserts such as trifles to put into your jam jars. Milkshakes can be made in jam jars and can use any scraps of jam that are still left in your jar. By just adding milk to this jar you can create a simple and easy milkshake!