Archive for July, 2012

IKEA Starts Serving Beer, No Assembly Required!

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Some things are just better in glass bottles – like these two new own-branded beers from IKEA that have just gone on sale in the home furnishing giant’s UK Swedish Food Markets.


Ol Mork Lager is a dark lager beer, whereas Ol Ljus Lager is a regular lager beer, both with alcohol content of 4.7%. They are bottled in 12oz glass bottles and retail at £1.75. We love the  no-frills label design too – simple and clear – just like glass!


“This is actually surprisingly good – quite smoky with crisp hops. I’m impressed,” says one Untappd reviewer.


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A Whisky Bottle Designed Specifically For Women

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Have you ever imaged how a whisky bottle specifically designed for women would look like? How about if it were in the shape of a wine bottle, the packaging wrapped in small ads found in newspapers and the bottle presented as a “male seeking a female”.


That’s what Scottish student, Melissa Preston, who has won a D&AD student award for a whisky bottle designed specifically for women, decided to do to when she wanted to give this more masculine drink a makeover.



“I really enjoy whisky but it is a drink steeped in male connotations,” said Preston, who is a graphic design student at Edinburgh Napier University. “I wanted to break away from the macho image without being too girly or cliché.


“By looking at dating adverts in newspapers I saw how, in quite a tongue in cheek way, the description and language used by ‘men seeking women’ could be compared to the way a whisky is often described.


“The design is simple and instant. It doesn’t scream of branding and entices the customer in for a closer look. Re-shaping the bottle will hopefully encourage women to reach for a bottle of whisky instead of their usual pinot grigio.”


Are you tempted by the look of this glassy whisky bottle? Tweet us @GlassfriendsUK or get in touch on Facebook.


The story first appeared on Packaging News.

How to sterilise glass jars: top tips from Jamie’s Food Team

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Thinking of making some homemade jams and chutneys this summer? Here are some handy tips from Pete at Jamie’s Food Team on how to sterilise jars.


Juicy berries, fresh peaches, apples, pears and other fruits can be deliciously preserved in a glass jar to enjoy all year long! Why not add a pretty cloth over the lid, and give your pot of homemade jam to a friend or relative as a heartfelt handmade gift!






Hi, I’m Pete from Jamie’s food team and I’m going to show you how to sterilise jars. Now this selection of jars here I’ve washed thoroughly and I’ve left to dry upside down with the lids on a clean tea towel. So there as clean as I can get them before sterilisation.



I’ve got myself here an aluminium tray, it can be any old metal tray as long as it can go in the oven, that’s fine. I’m going to take my jars, place them on the tray not touching each other and then I’m going to pop this tray in a pre heated oven for one hundred and eighty degrees, so the trays going in the oven…. so the jars go in the oven at one hundred and eighty degrees for ten minutes.



Now the lids obviously need to be sterilised or else there would be no point in sterilising the jar and not the lid, so I’m going to pop these in a pan full of boiling water for about the same amount of time, nothing else in here apart from water. Turn them upside down so they sink!



After ten minutes I’m going to take my tray of jars out of the oven. They’re nice and hot and sterilised. I’m going to pop them here and they’re ready to be filled with JamPickleChutney whatever your making.



I pop my clean dish towel there (on the side) and out of the water with my tongues I’m going to pick my sterilised lids and pop them upside down onto my clean tea towel.



So here are my clean, hot, sterilised jam jars and here I have my lids which are sterilised and ready to be screwed on the top. Its very important to clean your jam jars and make them as sterilised as possible before you fill them with anything to make sure that there’s no organism or nasty bug in there that’s going to make people sick when they eat whatever you put inside… and that’s how to sterilise jars.


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