Even if you haven’t got Kilner jars in your kitchen cupboards, you will have at least heard of the airtight glass jars that have become a staple for so many. What you might not know is that Kilner has a whole range of kitchenware products, including everything you’ll need for the perfect jar of homemade jam!
Why use Kilner jars?
Kilner jars are loved by so many - whether you’re a professional chef, casual home baker, or even just want to neaten up your cupboards - because of their simple yet genius airtight seal.
'The original and the best, all other brands are substitutes' - Kilner’s original slogan
They are synonymous with reliability, durability, and they’re the ideal storage solution for eco-conscious foodies as they’re recyclable and reusable. An added bonus, Kilner jars can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning - perfect!
How to sterilise Kilner jars
Sterilising jam jars is an important step to keep any harmful bacteria from growing on the sugar-rich jam, and while it might sound like a daunting task, it’s really not as hard as it sounds.
According to the experts over at BBC Good Food, you should wash up the jars with hot, soapy water, then put them on an oven tray covered with baking paper and heat in a preheated oven (160-180ºC) for 15 minutes. If your jars have rubber seals, take them out and put them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes as dry heat can cause damage.
A pair of jar tongs can be really handy to prevent any burns from the hot glass and stop bacteria being reintroduced. Don’t worry about cooling the jars, you’ll want the jars to still be hot when you pour in the jam - just put them to one side while your jam finishes bubbling away.
Time to ‘Kill-ner’ it in the kitchen!
So now you’re sold on Kilner, what products do you need for your essential jam-making kit? Well, given how iconic these little glass gems are, the first product on the list has to be Kilner jam jars!
4pk Kilner Clip-Top Round Jars - 270ml
Kilner jars come in a huge variety of sizes, so really you could pick any from the range, but we’ve gone for the multipack of 270ml jam jars to get you started. They come with the signature airtight clip top and are ideal as gifts for friends and family once you’ve filled them with your chosen homemade preserve.
Kilner Stainless Steel Jam Pan - 8L
Jam pans - also known as maslin pans - are the perfect ‘com-PAN-ion’ for jam makers! Everything about this kitchen accessory is designed to make your jam-making life easier, thanks to the large eight-litre volume; wide, easy-pouring design; convenience handles; and measurement markings. They also help to reduce any dangerous spitting while the ingredients are boiling down and evenly distribute heat to prevent any burning or sticking - an added bonus if you’re prone to distractions!
While you could use regular saucepans and save yourself a bit of money, going without the Kilner jam pan is going to cost you a lot more in time and stress.
Kilner Spatula & Bubble Remover
This might just look like a spatula, but this magical tool is much, much more! The 4-in-1 wonder serves as a conventional spatula as well as removing bubbles from the jam to prevent air pockets in your jar. For added safety and convenience, it has a pan hook to avoid any accidental slipping, and measurements are marked to help you out when you haven’t got a spare hand. It’s like a Swiss Army Knife for sweet spreads!
Kilner Easy Strainer Funnel
We’ve already mentioned the importance of sterilising your jars - jam is the perfect fuel for bacteria and you could have your batch ruined if it’s not done correctly. It’s for exactly that reason that a funnel is another key weapon in your culinary arsenal. One of the simplest ways to let your defences down is to spill jam over the rim of your freshly sterilised jar - you see where we’re going with this…
An added bonus thanks to the built-in filter, it makes removing seeds and pips easier if you’re seeking a seedless variety of jam. Alternatively, if you wanted the option between seeded and seedless jams, you could buy a filterless funnel and use a muslin cloth - the choice is yours!
200pk Kilner wax discs
Again, we’re harking back to keeping your jams free from bacteria; wax discs are another cheap and effective tool you can use to keep them preserved for longer.
Once you’ve filled the jars - and while the contents is still hot - place the discs waxed-side down to stop air from reaching the jam and prevent mould growth.
Simple yet super handy, this nifty addition is a must for your jam-making kit.
Time for the finishing flourishes
Now you’ve got the jam in the jar, it’s time to put your mark on your homemade preserve. This Chalk Labelling Set from Kilner is a great way to add a stylish and authentic homemade look that you can personalise, whether the jar is going to be sitting in your pantry or you’re going to be giving it away as a gift.
If you’re still not sure what recipe you’re going for, take a look at the unique and surprising alternatives available around the world through our interactive tool: how about bettering your BBQs with brilliantly sweet and smoky bacon jam, or dare you try out the exotic Asian taste of durian jam... A world of inspiration awaits!