Saturday, 26 July 2014

101 Ways to Use a Kilner Jar

Okay so not quite 101 ways but I caught your attention, right? I do love a good Kilner jar. Crafted with thick glass and sturdy clip and twist tops, they're always fantastic quality. Of course, there are cheaper alternatives out there if you're budgeting but I just really like the authenticity and matchability of my jars! So what can you do with a Kilner jar? Well, the question you should really be asking is what can't you do...


IN THE KITCHEN
Jams, Preserves and Chutneys - The obvious option, but the classic. We recently made ten jars of fresh strawberry jam (so delicious!) and we're planning on making bramble jelly at the end of summer/early autumn when the blackberries are ripe enough. My family is also quite partial to red onion chutney - something I don't like because ew onions, but I'm told it goes really well with mature cheddar. Just make sure if you ever decide to make any of these that you sterilise your jars first, otherwise they'll smash once potted.

Storage - This is the biggest one for me. Our kitchen has a few jars on display including organic porridge oats, self-raising flour, eggs, wholewheat spaghetti, dark chocolate chips, and sultanas. Other useful jars to have are pasta shapes, pulses, nuts and seeds - all healthy yummy food! I think it's nice to see what you've got available in front of you instead of constantly popping into your food cupboards. I just use Kilner jars for ingredients we use a lot so we know when to restock. Eggs go quick in our household for some reason!

Baking - Aside from storing your baking ingredients, you can also bake with jars. I know, I was a bit weary too. The whole putting glass jars in a high oven surely they'd explode... Well if you use a homemade bain-marie i.e. a roasting tin half-filled with water, and then place your jars in it with a simple cake mix, it will cook evenly and you're left with a fabulous cake in a jar. Becky over at Milk Bubble Tea has a recipe for a pastel rainbow version and it just looks so delicious - I highly recommend giving it a whirl! 

Drinks - Alcoholic or not, Kilner jars are a brilliant way to drink in style. Whether for a garden party or just a lazy summer's evening, I love using jars for drinks. Spruce up that margarita, perk up your morning smoothie, present that homemade lemonade... Hell, add some cute little umbrellas and act like you're in the Tropics! 

Vinaigrettes and Sauces - Lately I've been making my own vinaigrettes and sauces, thanks to a little guidance from my favourite food blog, Food 52. They have a really useful series called "How to Make... Without a Recipe" and the possibilities are endless as to what you can make. At the moment I'm loving a simple mustard and garlic dressing, and it goes lovely with chicken and steak - yum! I tend to use the smaller Kilner jars for doing this task - the 500ml jar with the clip-top lid stops your dressing from going everywhere when you give it a good shake.


IN THE BATHROOM
Storage - Kilner jars are great for bathroom storage too. I use them for storing cotton wool buds, cotton wool pads, hair ties and bobby pins (because where the hell do they get to?). They also add a really nice decorative feel to your bathroom shelf, and they're not too bulky either.

Homemade Bath Salts - I have yet to tackle this, but I've seen so many photographs of it on Pinterest that it really makes me want to try to make my own. It doesn't look too challenging, and you could add any scent and any colour you like, even co-ordinate with your bathroom. Is that the perfectionist in me? Or you can alternatively buy some too, but I think homemade adds more of a personal touch to your home!

DECORATIVE
Flower Vase - Another obvious one, but recently I've been using spare jars as flower vases. They work really well, I think. The bigger the bouquet, the bigger the jar! As a side note, I'm loving pink spray carnations at the moment and like to display them in clear little milk bottles for a different take on the flower vase.

Diorama - For an updated centrepiece to a coffee table, a larger Kilner jar layered with soil and greenery would look beautiful. Bring the outside in and give your home its own little living room garden! I also saw on Tumblr that someone was in the process of filling a jar with different sands from the different countries they've visited - what a cute and interesting idea!

Lanterns - This is one of my favourite ideas. Stick a tealight candle in an empty smaller jar or a plain white candle in a 500ml jar, add some coloured pebbles, attach some wire... Hey presto, you have yourself a homemade lantern! Great for garden parties, weddings, and other special outdoor occasions, add a personal touch to any event. You can even paint the outside of a jar and just leave a heart shape for the light to shine through. Alternatively, grab some battery-operated plain-white fairy lights and stick them in a jar!


FEELING CREATIVE
Gifts - Make a themed jar for someone's birthday, for Christmas, Easter, or even as a thank-you. I love the idea of giving a personalised gift to someone special. Fill the bottom of the jar with hay, add some themed chocolate, homemade cookies, fudge; maybe a little note, some of the recipient's favourite little things, tie a ribbon around the top and get ready for the joy to explode. I think this is also a great idea for kids, especially if you're introducing them to a holiday and don't want them too hyper over mountains of chocolate.

Craft Holder - Use jars to hold all your crafty gizmos, quirky stationery, kitchen utensils etc. Sometimes it's nice to just strip it back and make simple use out of an empty jar.

So, yes, not quite 101 ways but a little taster to get your creative juices flowing! If you come across an empty jar and fancy "upcycling" then look no further than Pinterest for ideas. I cannot rate that website enough. You can find almost anything on there! Most of the ideas are really creative and make you look at a project so differently.

I have to admit, for such a simple subject this post has really brought out my creative side.

How do you make use of your jars?
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20 comments

  1. I love jars haha! I have a few of the mug jars, and I have some IKEA milk bottles. I definitely want my whole house to be filled with them!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. I know! I love the idea of the mug jars too, but I fear I'll just be collecting waaaay too many in a short space of time, haha! Xx

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  2. Love jars ! They add life to whatever yo use them for !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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    1. They do and there are so many things you can do with them. Such a great way to be creative! Xx

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  3. I love Kilner jars! There are some really good ideas in this post, I'll have to remember them for when I move in September :) xx

    http://bethht.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks lovely! I love their versatility! Xx

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  4. I have a few empty glass jars lying around and was stuck for ideas on how to use them... not so stuck now! Thanks :) x

    http://homewithjenny.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Glad I could help you out a little, Jenny! Xx

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  5. I use jam jars to store my earring studs and flowers, they're such a cute way to store anything!

    Catherine xx
    www.youwishyou.com

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    1. I agree! Great idea of storing jewellery in them too! Xx

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  6. Lovely post I only use jar for storage things in kitchen. Jar always help me organise things better

    Kiss me Sunday // Bloglovin

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    1. They really help with your organisation! Xx

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  7. Love Kilners but this has taken it to a whole new level, so many good ideas and I can't even begin to think of anymore to add to it... at the moment I use some to store tea, coffee and sugar but I'm bookmarking this so I have an excuse to buy more!

    Jade x
    Beauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

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    1. Thanks Jade, hope you find it useful! Xx

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  8. ahh I love jars, I'm a bit of a hoarder tbh. great ideas here! I'll definitely be bearing them in mind :) x

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    1. Thank you, Pinterest is a God send! Xx

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