Storage Wars: Glass vs. Plastic (What is BPA?)

What is BPA?

BPA is a common chemical, also known as 4,4’-dihydroxy-2,2-diphenylpropane. It is mainly used in combination with other chemicals in the manufacture of plastics and resins.

BPA is used in the production of polycarbonate, a high-performance transparent, rigid plastic. Polycarbonate is used to make food containers, such as some beverage bottles, infant feeding (baby) bottles, tableware (plates and mugs) and storage containers.

BPA can migrate in small amounts into food and beverages stored in materials containing the substance. As it is such a common chemical that has been in use for several decades, it can be found in small quantities in the urine of most adults.

How may BPA affect you?

The science is not yet completely clear on how BPA may affect humans. BPA may mimic hormones and interfere with the endocrine system of glands, which release hormones around the body. Some scientists think that if it interferes with sex hormones, this could affect puberty or the menopause or cause cancers that are related to hormones. Those calling for a ban suggest that it may be a factor in a rising numbers of human illnesses, such as breast cancer, heart disease and genital birth defects. There is a growing call to stop manufacturing plastics with BPA and using BPA in food containers as there are less hazardous alternatives.

…IS GLASS THE ANSWER? See the infographic for Glass vs. Plastic.

25th April 2016

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Carrot & Thyme Soup

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 6 to 8 large carrots (about 1 ¾ pounds)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 piece ginger, an inch long, peeled
  • 1 sprig thyme, plus more for garnish
  • ½ large sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Peel and cut the carrots into ½-inch rounds. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt. Set an oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the heat source and turn on the broiler. Broil the carrots until they brown and soften, turning them over with a spatula every 5 minutes or so; this should take 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, bring the stock to a boil, add the ginger and the sprig of thyme and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  3. Put the onion in a medium stock pot with the remaining olive oil. Brown the onion over medium heat, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, and then add the carrots.
  4. Remove the ginger and thyme from the stock and add the stock to the pot with the onions and carrots. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the carrots are soft enough to puree.
  5. Use an immersion or a standard blender to puree the mixture until smooth. If the soup seems too thick, add more stock or water and reheat gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, garnish with chopped fresh thyme.

20th April 2016

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Hemsley & Hemsley Competition: T&Cs

#COMPETITION – WIN Hemsley & Hemsley’s Good + Simple.

To Enter: Comment with 6 spotted differences on our Facebok ‘pinned post’ or our ‘pinned tweet’ on Twitter. We have 3 Copies to giveaway, with the winner announced 25.4.16. You can also win a runner up prize of Kilner Facetted jars!

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  • Enter from 19/4/16 to 25/4/16
  • Entrants may enter on Facebook AND Twitter
  • Kilner not responsible for loss of prize in post or damaged prize. A replacement may not be sent.
  • 2nd Prize is a simple ‘Like’ or ‘RT’ to enter – winner selected randomly
  • There are 6 differences for the correct answer
  • To enter the competition entrants must spot all 6 differences
  • Kilner retain the right to change or alter the competition at any time.
  • Competition not in conjunction with Facebook & Twitter
  • Prize claim expiry date is June 25th.


19th April 2016

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Bathroom Spring Cleaning

For the mums rolling their sleeves up for a Spring deep cleanse in their homes, we’ve got some wonderful tips for using Kilner jars to keep your bathroom clean, organised and stylish!

Keep your bathroom smelling fresh with a homemade scented candle in a Kilner jar. These mini fragrant flames also make a stylish addition to bath time!

This awesome tutorial will talk you through it:

The NEW Kilner Universal Storage Jar will help arrange your bathroom, with a range of different sizes to hold all your beauty and pampering items – cotton buds, hair rollers, tweezers, you name it!

They also double up as a cute vintage decorative item, try storing rose buds or shells for a subtle but beautiful display.

There are plenty of creative bloggers out there with ideas to transform your Kilner jar. Use a door handle as a knob-stopper, chicken wire as a toothbrush separator or even a dispenser top for soap!

Or one of our personal favourites are the Kilner jar lights. Hanging mason jar lanterns are the ultimate sheek design idea.

Smaller Kilner jars are really useful for storing soap in the bathroom, or for holding your homemade bath salts!

Try this bath salt tutorial:

31st March 2016

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Preserving In a Zombie Apocalypse

Are you one of the herds of people hooked to the hit TV series, The Walking Dead? Do you lie in bed after watching an episode thinking ‘what if this really happened?!’ Well…we’ve got you covered if the zombies come a-bitin’…

 In the event of a zombie apocalypse, after a prolonged spell of self-preservation, you’ll have to move onto another form of preserving – food preservation!

 In the stores of Alexandria, the home of our protagonists, are shelves and shelves of jar preserved vegetables and food. Why how else would Rick & Co. survive? Once the group had scavenged their
surrounding area, they turned to prolonging the life of their homegrown vegetables by pickling them.

Making clear pickles is a traditional way of preserving vegetables. The vegetables used for clear pickles are often left raw and whole and the main ingredients used are vinegar and salt with sugar, honey, herbs and spices added only for extra flavour. The best part is they can last up to a ‘recommended’ 2-3 years… but can they last longer?

With Kilner you can learn how to make chutneys, pickle, jams and more! Those skills could come in handy if, you know, the end of the world comes…

View our How To page for info, tips and more!

How do you know if the food inside a jar is still safe?

• Cracked Jar / Loose Lid: This is indicative of contamination. Bacteria are eating the stuff in the can and producing gas as they digest it. This is VERY bad.

• Compromised Lid: If the stuff in the can is exposed to the environment by a leak or hole in the jar, bad stuff gets in, and the food spoils. Holes, leaks, oozing, weak seals along the edges, rusted seals, dried
crap on the outside of the jar – these are all things to avoid.

• Cans that LOOK okay, but smell like Walkers when you open them:
Obviously, you might not see every problem, so occasionally; a jar will pass the visual inspection. It is basic common sense that if you open a can and the stench it emits makes you nauseated, you shouldn’t eat it.

So the basic idea is that if the jar is still sealed, airtight, not cracked or concave, and not rusty, the food inside is almost certainly safe to eat during a zombie apocalypse!

Also, as mentioned above, although canned goods should remain safe to consume as long
as the can is intact and not compromised, some of the nutritional content of the food (especially vitamin C) decreases over time.

Maggie is a killer for a Sweet Cucumber Pickle by the looks of things! Try this recipe.

You know what they say, if life gives you lemons throw them at walkers and run! Or you can preserve them with this recipe.

29th March 2016

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