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Good place to buy jars
Wed 14-Sep-11
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I'm not sure if it is ok to recommend shops etc but if it is then I can recommend this company as being just about the cheapest I have found on the web.

http://www.freemanharding.co.uk/index.htm

 

I only live about 12 miles from them so I go and collect mine but they also do a delivery service which even when you add on the price for that they are still very reasonable.

I have just ordered a tray of small round jars (8oz size) which cost £13.50 for 35 jars with lids and that includes the VAT.

Which at 38p a jar is the cheapest I have found.

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Wed 14-Sep-11
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FYI...Mauramac...

This site has been recommended elsewhere on the forum...currently they have a special offer on hexagonal 8oz....36 for ten pounds including lids and VAT.....not sure of the postage.... 

 

 

http://www.ascott-dairy.co.uk/

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Wed 14-Sep-11
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Oh right - thats good. I'm glad they are already known. Thanks for info about hexagonal jars - but I find them a bit of a phaff getting the jam out.

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Wed 14-Sep-11
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But they do look pretty.....whistlewhistle

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Wed 14-Sep-11
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Ha ha - I agree and do re-use the ones I get from friends and family but my grandsons like to get all they can from a jar and hate it when they can't get the last drop out angry

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I know this may sound a strange idea, but the other year when I was running short of jars around this time of year (busiest time) - I bought cheap and nasty products from the supermarkets and tipped the gunk out. I think I managed to get jars of fluorescent green mint jelly or similar for 15p per jar from tesco's basics range and slightly larger jars of nasty pickle for 25p a jar. I know it means you have to spend a bit of time emptying and taking the old labels off, but still cheaper than buying the jars from specialist suppliers.

Thu 15-Sep-11
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See this thread for previous year's discussion of jars and suppliers and the pros and cons of buying and tipping contents just for the jars.

Thu 15-Sep-11
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Terrier said:

I know this may sound a strange idea, but the other year when I was running short of jars around this time of year (busiest time) - I bought cheap and nasty products from the supermarkets and tipped the gunk out. I think I managed to get jars of fluorescent green mint jelly or similar for 15p per jar from tesco's basics range and slightly larger jars of nasty pickle for 25p a jar. I know it means you have to spend a bit of time emptying and taking the old labels off, but still cheaper than buying the jars from specialist suppliers.

Oh Lord I could never do that despite it being financially beneficial I fear the spirit of my dear old Mum would be so shocked at the complete waste of good food she would come back and haunt me for being so wasteful surprised

It may well be cheap food but it is still food and I do hate waste of any kind - this is something I am so much more aware of now that I am older than when I was a youngster. How my poor grandsons must hate that well worn phrase "don't mess around with your food - there are millions of poor starving children who would love to have food like that".

 

However - I do admire your ingenuity, I would never have thought of doing this.

Good news is that I went on to Freecycle and a lovely lady close by has 2 bags of jars with lids saved for me. She was just about to put them out for recycling. So thats a bonus. I will probably still buy the small jars which I need for my rosehip jelly, mint jelly, rowan jelly and apple sauce. Most of these will be gifts as we can't possible eat all of it but it is lovely to give it away in return for the free apples and berries that come my way.

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I went into my local small town the other day and happened to mention to the lady in the car parts shop that I was looking for small jars.  Her eyes lit up and she took me to the shelving racks to a box of...baby food jars complete with dimple lids... so...find someone with a baby....they hold 190grams...wink...

She's still saving them for me so I shall be making her up a gift box smilesmile

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Thu 15-Sep-11
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ep said:

I went into my local small town the other day and happened to mention to the lady in the car parts shop that I was looking for small jars.  Her eyes lit up and she took me to the shelving racks to a box of...baby food jars complete with dimple lids... so...find someone with a baby....they hold 190grams...wink...

She's still saving them for me so I shall be making her up a gift box smilesmile

 

That's brilliant - lucky you. I will ask my children if they have any friends who have babies....never thought of that. Need to dust off the old brain cells and start thinking jars..jars..jars ponder

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Thu 15-Sep-11
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Agree that Freeman Harding do some lovely jars at not bad prices but personally prefer using the following company:  

http://www.cwynnejones.com/bottles_and_jars.html

 

Nice selection and prices good - admittedly I collect and have a day out in Ruthin.

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wave Here's another company who has good prices on jars, including bottling jars. It sells most things to do with preserving & has free deliveries over £50.

Oh !...... they also have a pretty good recipe section too.

 

http://www.jamjarshop.com/index.asp

 

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And if you want tiny jars, B&Bs are often willing to give you empties. I got some in the spring when we were in Penzance, and could tell a bit about the economy, they used to have the tiny Bonne Maman jams, and now had Morrisons.

Maura, your comment is so like ones made last year, do look at that thread (see my post above). I agree, I couldn't do that!

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Original Redhead said:

Agree that Freeman Harding do some lovely jars at not bad prices but personally prefer using the following company:  

http://www.cwynnejones.com/bottles_and_jars.html

 

Nice selection and prices good - admittedly I collect and have a day out in Ruthin.

 

Not quite sure what's going on with the website but I couldn't open anything on it and the link to buying online doesn't show the jars...........or is it just me?

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ep said:

FYI...Mauramac...

This site has been recommended elsewhere on the forum...currently they have a special offer on hexagonal 8oz....36 for ten pounds including lids and VAT.....not sure of the postage.... 

 

http://www.ascott-dairy.co.uk/

 

Thanks ep - went and collected my jars yesterday and asked about the hex jars but they were not aware of any offers for £10 on them. I brought home a price list and the only hex jars they have on list @ 8oz are 41 for £17 - however that's not to say there might have been some in the special offers at some time - just nothing like that at the moment.

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