Creative gifts for Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day on June 21st and we’ve compiled a list of 10 Kilner gift ideas to give to the dad in your life… 

1) Homebrew Kit 

If your dad is always testing out a range of beers or just enjoys a tipple on the weekend, he might love the chance to brew his own! He’ll have his own brewery in no time, he can make cider, lager or bitter.

2) Personalise a Handled Jar

Add a bit of love to your father’s handled jar with a personalised message; ideal for his favourite beers or soft drinks (but probably beer knowing dad!)

3) Sweet Jars

Has dad got a sweet tooth? Fill a clip top jar up with his favourite snacks!

Even personalise the jar for that extra act of thoughtfulness…

4) DIY Jars

Get creative with your jar designs and give poppa something to store his DIY gear in. He can organise his shed’s paint brushes, tools and even use them to hold all his nuts and bolts!

5) Fishing Tackle Box

Jars are great to arrange his fishing gear.

He won’t want those pesky maggots worming away and he definitely won’t want to sit on his new barbel hooks!

6) Kilner Jar Lights

These are perfect for the stylish contemporary dad… or the ‘always working on something in the shed’ dad who’ll need to light his workshop in the evenings.

7) Toiletries jar…

Present your toiletries gift in a jar, after all, wrapping paper is getting old isn’t it? It’ll even keep mum happy by keeping the bathroom organised!

8) Golf Accessories

FORE! That might have gone over your head, but don’t worry dad is onto it. Get your tee-rrific parent some of his favourite golf gear and he’ll love you even more, guaranteed.

9) Dad a bit of a nutter?

“Dad, I’m nuts about you.” Enough said.

10) Ingredients in a jar

This is either a very subtle hint that dad needs to spend more time in the kitchen, or a lovely way to ask him to help you make your favourite cookies that you can share together.

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18th June 2015

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Share Your Kilner Crafts

Kilner jars have endless possibilities…

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Discover some creative and inspiring ways to use your Kilner jar.

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21st January 2015

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Kilner Allotment

Come and take a seat in our beautiful, fruitful Kilner allotment.

We have been hard at work, planting, watering and maintaining our fruit and vegetables over the past couple of months and now we are seeing our hard work pay off.

The thought of biting into food that you have taken the time and effort to grow yourself, is amazing.

Check out the size of this squash!

Growing food isn’t always easy. We have been challenged with gale force winds and torrential downpours, which can ruin the best farmer’s crops! If you want to protect your hardwork, harvest as much crop as you can and support shoots with posts and garden twine, wrapped around in a figure of 8. A little bit of luck will go a long way too!

Courgettes are now ready to pick, so we have preserved some in olive oil, to enjoy at a later date.

Recipe:

What you need:

8-10 courgettes (assorted size, small to medium)

6 garlic cloves

6 juniper berries

1 teaspoon peppercorns

750ml supermarket brand extra virgin olive oil

Makes 2 x 0.35 litre round clip-top Kilner Jars

Method

  1. Slice the courgettes lengthways so that each slice is about 6mm thick.
  2. Layer slices in a colander and sprinkle with salt to draw out excess moisture, leave aside for about an hour.
  3. Sterilise the Kilner Jars (water bath method).
  4. Using paper towels, pat dry each slice.
  5. Put a cast iron char griller on a low heat and place a single layer of courgette slices on the ridged cooking surface. Cook slowly, turning once. The aim is to dry out the slices as much as possible, not really to ‘cook’ them. The slices should have only faint ridge marks and the surface should look pale, dry and a little like      suede. The slices should also have reduced in thickness. You will have to cook the courgettes in batches unless you have multiple char grillers on the go.
  6. Using tongs, pack the cooked courgette slices in the jars, as the slices are now quite soft they flop in nicely and can be wound around the inside of the jars.
  7. Divide the garlic cloves, juniper berries and peppercorns between the 2 Kilner Jars, tucking them in-between the courgette slices gently.
  8. Top up each jar with the olive oil, making sure all the contents are completely covered with oil.
  9. Seal jars and place in a cool dark place.

The Courgettes will be ready in a week to 2 weeks. Use within a month or so as they will go a little soggy if left too long!

We are planning to eat them as Antipasti with parma ham and rocket, or with goats cheese on a warm ciabatta…

You can also use the infused olive oil for drizzling salads, pasta etc.

If you are attempting to grow your own veggies at home or in an allotment, here are our favourite top tips:

Growing tips and tricks

1) Pick, pick and keep picking! Beans, courgettes and peas all produce more and more quickly if you pick regularly.

2) Squash (Kabocha, Butternut, Marina De Chioggia etc.) as the fruits develop, place a brick under them to raise them off the soil so that as they grow larger they do not get a ‘soggy bottom’ and the slugs are less likely to attack.

3) Snip off any leaves that are shading fruit.

4) Water really well, even if it has rained. Most plants need the equivalent of an inch of rainfall per week to thrive.

11th August 2014

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Kilner Jar Lights: A New Trend

Over the past few months we’ve seen a rise in the number of people using Kilner jars for alternative uses, in particular, creating lights for the home out of them.

Check out these fabulous coloured Kilner jar lights from Wedding In A Teacup:

And we’re not the only ones who have spotted the trend, they’ve also been called ‘The Hippest Trend for Home Decor’ by the Abu Dhabi Confidential!

If you’re interested in buying some Kilner jar lights but don’t fancy the hassle of making one yourself, check out jamjarlights.com. They have a great range of high quality Kilner jar lamps with different coloured cables so you can choose one to match your home.

 

 

18th March 2014

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