Archive for October, 2012

In a jam about jars? Read on….

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There’s been lots of talk about whether it’s safe to reuse glass jam jars recently and at Friends of Glass, we’re quite flummoxed by all the fuss! Glass itself of course is absolutely safe – the issue of the original concern was about food hygiene and the importance of ensuring no bacteria can remain from previous food stuffs to contaminate your lovely new jam or preserves. So how to prevent this from happening? You must simply always sterilise thoroughly the glass containers and lids before reuse.


Still worried? here’s a few facts everyone should know about glass – please share them with your friends!


  1. Glass is inert: it doen’t react chemically with the food and drink it contains. It remains one of the purest and safest types of packaging available.
  2. When reusing glass jars, always sterilise thoroughly. The risk of contamination from bacteria doesn’t come from the glass but from any food stuffs that have not been cleaned properly from the container or lid.  Take a look at this easy tutorial on how to sterilise jars from Jamie’s food team to make sure you know how to do it properly.
  3. Glass is the only food packaging material classified as Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). (
  4. There is no difference in the glass used to make Kilner jars and ordinary jam jars, beer bottles, machine-made tableware and even window glass. It is all made using soda ash, limestone and sand. Kilner jars are often bought specifically for use when making jam or preserves. They of course can then be reused again and again as with all other types of container glass, providing the above sterilisation process is followed after each use.
  5. Glass is 100% recyclable without losing quality
  6. Glass preserves the natural flavour and appearance of products for a long time without the need for preservatives. Glass containers are also easy to reseal and keep products fresher for longer once they’ve been opened.



Raise your glass to London Cocktail Week

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London Cocktail Week – the biggest drinks festival in the UK has arrived.


Get ready to shake, sip and party your way to a fantastic celebration of the capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture at London Cocktail Week (October 8-14th).


Once again, over 100 of the best bars across the capital will be throwing open their doors to offer £4 cocktails all week to those wearing a London Cocktail week wristband. These bars have been cherry-picked because of their shared dedication to delivering wonderful service, excellent drinks and a great experience.


This year London Cocktail Week will be basing its main hub in the beautiful Seven Dials area of Covent Garden. Here you’ll find the London Cocktail Week Ketel One Hub at 15 Shorts Gardens where visitors can collect their London Cocktail Week wristband and get drinks-making tips from the best mixologists.


Experts agree that cocktails can be made in almost any glass, HOWEVER, having the right glass for the right cocktail will taste better, look better and increase the fun of the whole experience!


Friends of Glass love the look of this Virgin Strawberry Pina Colada, what is your favourite cocktail and why? Tweet us @GlassFriendsUK or get in touch on Facebook.



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What’s your style? What your favourite container style says about you

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We all have our favourites; whether it’s our favourite pair of jeans, favourite song, or our favourite dessert. The chances are, you even have a favourite glass container style, whether you realize it or not. Take a second to browse this fun list we found and find out what your favourite container style says about you! We did and think Friends of Glass is a dead ringer for Sauce :)




Boston Round – The Average Joe

You like ordinary. The classic Boston Round is ordinary and has been around as long as dirt. Dirt bares plants. Plants feed animals. And you love yourself a good burger and fries.
Cosmo (Bullet) Round – Runway Wanna-be

In an alternate universe you’re Tyra Banks or David Beckham. You choose to live your runway dreams vicariously through the striking form of Cosmo Round bottles.
Cylinder – A Real Standup Guy 

Strong, true and trusty to a fault. Sturdy, reliable and dependable. You’re an icon of stability, a pillar of grace, a strong shoulder to cry on… as is your container counterpart.



Dairy – The Maverick 

You work hard from sun up to sundown. And after all the cows have gone home you record voiceover tracks for Maverick gas station commercials. You’re that good, and so are your bottles.
Foamer – The Germ-A-Phobe 

Plastic gloves, anyone? You’re a germ-a-phobe and you know it. But you don’t know that we know. Spoiler alert: The foamer bottles are a dead giveaway. The jig is up.
F-Style – The Meathead 

You may not be Einstein, but what you lack in brains you’ve got double in brawn. With a massive frame made for heavy lifting, such a union with an F-Style only makes sense.




Honey – The Queen Bee

You’re sweet and want everyone to know it. The sweetness just oozes out of you and sticks to everyone around you. You know what’s going on, sure, but you can keep it to yourself.
Industrial – The Teddy Bear

Behind that tough exterior is a protective heart made of gold. Just like you, the industrial is equipped to protect its own.
Packer – The Pack Rat

You like stuff. Lots of stuff. You never know when you might need it, right? Have you seen the television show “Hoarders”? Maybe you should be on it. Packers are for pack rats, period.



Sprayer – The Prankster

Hey look, it’s Dennis the Menace, all grown up. Just remember, it’s all fun and games till somebody gets shot in the eye with toxic industrial-grade concentrated cleaner.
Sauce – Flavor of the Week

A multi-faceted personality – audacious, brazen and sassy. Not easily understood, but appreciated by all. Frankly, it’s amazing you can get that much flavour into a single bottle.
French Square – The Sensitive Soul 

You’re both a sight for sore eyes. You’re refined, yes, but you don’t like to wear it on your sleeve. But like a French Square you’re also delicate and should be handled with care.



Glass Jug – Life of the Party 

Someone wearing a NFL shirt is probably a fan. An expensive purse translates to an interest in designer handbags. Purchasing this container foreshadows the season’s best shindig.
Mason Jar – The Backwoods Racer 

There’s only one container that can handle swift turns in a cup-holder without asking you to compromise who you are. You stick to your roots, all the way to the bottom of a mason jar.
Jar – The Chameleon 

You’re capable of taking on a different persona at the drop of a hat. Just as a jar can easily don a particular label or silk print. The similarities are uncanny.


Tub – Recovering Ice Cream Addict

It’s about the container, not what’s inside. At least that’s what they say at your group meetings. Throw caution to the wind. Embrace the beauty of overindulgence.
Tube – Laid Back Dude

Sweet! Righteous! Groovy! If you find yourself using any of these terms on a daily basis you’re container choice is justified because chances are you’re totally tubular.
Tin – The Steel Trap 

Nothing gets past you… they can’t resist your shiny and appealing nature. You lure in your prey (customers) and once they’re in, there’s no hope for escape.


So which container is your true counterpart? Tell us in the comments! Tweet us @GlassFriendsUK or get in touch on Facebook.

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