Kilner Jar Lunch

We are beginning to see a new trend taking hold of office workers around the world. More and more people are using glass jars to pack salads, smoothies or noodles for their lunch.

Smoothies and fruit juice are very healthy alternatives to fizzy drinks and can provide you with one or more of your five a day. By using glass jars rather than plastic, you can continue to re-use the jars without fear of smelling yesterday’s lunch.

There are many delicious recipes available online to inspire your creativity in the kitchen.

One of our favorites is Deliciously Ella’s Kilner Jar Kelp Noodle Pot. Inspired by the fabulous Hemsley sisters, Deliciously Ella has transformed our lunch time with this tasty Kilner jar recipe.

Recipe: http://bit.ly/1APuCZh

12th January 2015

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Preserving Can Cut Food Bills

Fruit and vegetables are eating into our food bills.

Health experts have been encouraging families to eat their five a day for years, but food bills don’t make this an easy task. In an attempt to live a healthy lifestyle most families in the UK spend half their annual food bill on fruit and veg alone.

Fresh fruit and vegetables are often more expensive to buy than their tinned and frozen alternative, and tend to go bad within a couple of days, adding to household food waste.

For families, this waste of money is not a risk they’re willing to take. With children particularly picky when it comes to food, there must be a solution to eating healthy and cutting cost.

Traditional methods of food preservation allow families to preserve fresh food and make delicious jams, pickles or chutneys. This can considerably reduce household food waste and help families maintain a healthier lifestyle while keeping an eye on their food bills. By investing in reusable airtight glass jars, such as Kilner jars, families can save fresh produce to enjoy at a later date.

Food doesn’t have to be bought at the supermarket. Many people spend time picking hedgerow fruit from country lanes such as blackberries. This can be a fun family activity and be very rewarding.

When it comes to food, eat healthy and preserve.

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15th September 2014

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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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Juicing with Kilner

Juicing is becoming a lucrative business in the UK, with thousands of health conscious people opting to blend vast quantities of fruit and vegetables to replace meals. By drinking so many nutrients and vitamins at once can help to kick start a diet or cleanse.

Juicing requires a considerable amount of will power and determination, especially during the first two days of following a juicing diet, however the recorded health benefits and weight loss claims make juicing extremely tempting. Not only can you aim to achieve a desired weight but it can also help clear up skin issues and even help your body fight off diseases.

Juicing is being marketed brilliantly thanks to the number of slim and beautiful celebrities who claim to be following a juicing meal plan. This may be the reason as to why many young women are taking up juicing.

If you fancy trying to introduce juicing into your diet simply select a number of your favourite fruits or vegetables and blend until smooth in a juicer. The best thing about juicing is you can be creative with your recipes. One day you could try adding aloe Vera juice, another day you might fancy trying to add coconut water. The combinations are really endless.

Kilner jars provide excellent juicing bottles and will keep your juice from spilling or going bad. Please remember to always refrigerate your juice if you are preparing it in advance. Always consult your doctor before trying to follow a strict juicing plan.

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23rd May 2014

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