Kilner Jars are Frightfully Good for Halloween

Kilner jars are perfect for Halloween crafts and decorations.

This Halloween, serve up some pumpkin chutney in cute Kilner jars:

Pumpkin Chutney

by Kevin Chambers-Paston October-6-2014

http://www.thecraftylarder.co.uk/

Based on a classic mango chutney, this is sure to go down a storm with a curry at Halloween!

Ingredients

• 1kg pumpkin or butternut squash, diced (prepared weight) • 1 medium onion • 1 inch piece ginger, grated • 3 cloves garlic, grated/crushed • 500g sugar • 1 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes • 3 cardamom pods • 5 peppercorns • 250ml cider vinegar • 1 tsp black onion seeds

Instructions

1. Crack the cardamom pods open to remove the seeds and discard the shells. Grind the seeds, together with the chilli flakes and peppercorns then toast in a preserving pan or other large heavy-bottomed pan until warm and fragrant.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the sugar to the pan along with 250ml water and simmer over a medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Add the sugar to the pan and stir until completely dissolved. Leave to simmer for a further hour, stirring every now and then. If the chutney looks too dry, add a little extra water. If too watery, simmer for longer.

4. The pumpkin should be tender at this stage, so now you can decide the texture of the finished chutney. Left as it is, it will be fairly chunky but if you want it to be completely smooth, use a blender to puree it. I wanted it somewhere in the middle, so used a potato masher to break down some of the chunks but left some in.

5. Pot up into sterilised jars and leave to cool completely. Store for 2 weeks or so before eating to allow the flavours to mature.

Details Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins Total time: 1 hour 45 mins Yield: Around 1l of finished chutney

Make mummified Kilner jar lanterns for the little ones.

Mummy Lantern Jars

by Kevin Chambers-Paston October-12-2014

Cute mummified lanterns, great as a Halloween display or a party centrepiece.

Materials

• 1l Kilner Jar • A stretch bandage (approx 5cm x 4m stretched length) • A pair of googly eyes • 1 teabag (optional) • Fake blood (optional) • Craft glue

Instructions

1. If you want your mummy to have a stained effect, brew the teabag in a small amount of boiling water and allow to cool completely. Dip the bandage in the tea and squeeze out the excess before unravelling and leaving to dry.

2. Starting at the bottom, wind the bandage up the jar until it is completely covered. Tuck the top and bottom in, the tension of the bandage should keep it in place.

3. Add the googly eyes with some craft glue and leave to dry.

4. If desired, fake blood can now be added. You could also dab or rub the bandage with the teabag to develop some darker staining.

5. Leave to dry completely before popping in a battery-operated tealight and enjoy!

Happy Halloween Love Kilner

14th October 2014

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Great Taste for Kilner Brownie Mix

 

The World’s largest blind tasted food awards, Great Taste has announced the stars of 2014. Katie Bakes founded by Katie Fairhall, created a gorgeously gooey chocolate brownie mix, is proud to now carry this gold and black seal of approval.

The brownie mix, presented elegantly in a Kilner jar, was judged by over 400 food critics, including chefs, cooks, farmers and journalists.

Katie said “The Great Taste Award is an unbelievable honour.  It is extremely important to us that we offer our customers quality on every level.  We use authentic Kilner Jars for our mixes in jars as they offer the best quality available and this award proves that the contents are of the highest quality too.”

The baking mixes are all hand made using quality ingredients, and just require melted butter and the occasional egg to create delicious home baked treats to enjoy.

18th August 2014

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The Bake Off is back!

The Bake Off is back!

Grab your spatulas, mixing bowls and Kilner jars and get ready for this years series of The Great British Bake Off.

Now in its fifth series, The Great British Bake Off will showcase 12 talented, amateur bakers as they compete on BBC One.

Queen of cakes, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will be keeping an eye on the bakers as the kitchen heats up and their baking skills are put to the test.

This year we will see the youngest ever contestant on the show, Martha who is only 17 years old, balance baking in the white tent with her A level coursework. Martha told the BBC “I may be in school but my head is always in the kitchen!”

The series starts on Wednesday the 6th of August on BBC One.

29th July 2014

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Whisk me away to the highlands Marmalade

Whisk me away to the highlands Marmalade

If you like marmalade and love whisky, this combination is ideal.

We have infused a regular marmalade recipe with a touch of our favourite spirit to celebrate the Commonwealth games being held in Scotland.

Give this a try and enjoy with friends.

What you need

  • ½ a pint of whisky
  • 6 pints of water
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 6 lbs of jam sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 2.5 lbs of oranges
  • Kilner jam pan
  • Kilner preserving jars

Method

Wash the oranges and lemon and peal half. Remove pips and squeeze juice and flesh into your Kilner jam pan. Add the peal to the pan and simmer gently for 1 and a half hours.

Stir in the jam sugar and heat.

Add the whisky and butter and bring to the boil rapidly for 15 minutes.

Skin any excess with a slotted spoon.

Allow the marmalade to cool and then fill your sterilised Kilner jars.

Enjoy.

http://www.kilnerjar.co.uk/

28th July 2014

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