Posts Tagged ‘summer’

 Watch your health for spring!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The sun has finally arrived. The days are getting longer, warmer, and suddenly the cities have opened up after the past few months of the cold, rain and snow.

With the arrival of spring, we also get the arrival of a new burst of energy – we feel inspired and energetic, and there’s a sense of renewal of sunny days and an active life. But, with this sense of renewal comes the idea of cleansing – washing away those cold and wintery 6 months, to make way for a healthy and energetic body and mind for Spring and Summer!

There are many ways to cleanse and detox for the spring – starting from drinking more water, making sure to stay active and move your body, and eating your greens.

But when it comes to our health, there are other aspects that we have to consider. With the arrival of the sun and warmth, we also get the need to look after our food and drink carefully – if left in the sun or heat, or not stored properly, food and drink can quickly spoil and become unsafe for consumption. A good tip is to use glass packaging to store your meals and drinks – due to glass’ inert qualities, it doesn’t leech into the contents – making sure that that whatever you’re eating or drinking is exactly the same thing you had in the packaging initially, with no added chemicals!

What are you doing this spring to get into gear for the summer season? Share it with us on our Facebook page, or on Twitter, @FriendsofGlass

Glass Jars – the quintessential picnic partner for the summer!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Winter was far too long this year. Really. It was almost like living in Narnia – always winter, never Christmas. Then the sun comes in – and suddenly, life revolves around joy, beauty, laziness, contentment and sundresses. And it is intense!

But you know what the best thing about summer is?

Outside dining! Which is really just another fancy way to say picnics.

Ahh, the summer picnic. Sandwiches, salads, refreshments, maybe even a BBQ with some sausages grilling and onions burning. It’s all fun and games, until the moment when you realise that the food safety issue you were conveniently neglecting (and why wouldn’t you, you have better things to think about – like running to catch that Frisbee!) comes back to bite you. After all, you are spending a significant amount of the day just relaxing in the sun, with the food conveniently strewn beside you. Regardless of whether the food is in the sun or shade, it is still outside in the heat. This means extra care and attention should be given to preserving your food to avoid health issues, in case a vegetable or dressing goes bad. Plus, that’s just not nice.

Besides the whole safety issue, you also want your food to stay fresh and delicious, right? As informal as it may be, you still envision a Michelin star experience; only you’re sitting on the green grass or blanket and passing the food around with family, friends and loved ones.

Well then. Let me introduce you to what should, quintessentially, be your new best friend for picnics.

The Glass Jar.

The Jar, you ask? And the answer is a resounding yes.

Glass jars are possibly the best picnic partner of all time. They protect your food, making it less worry-some while you relax in the sun with your home-made delicacies! 

Also, glass jars have a fantastic benefit when it comes to the taste of the food they contain. Glass jars – and this really is something – make sure the food retains its original taste. Which may not seem like a big deal right now, but you’ll be reconsidering it when you come back from your picnic, still not entirely sure about whether you had a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich or soggy, salted mulch.

Not done yet! Glass jars keep food fresh. Try putting some tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves in a glass jar, carry it around with you all day, and by evening you will still see the clear red, green and white colours radiating from this almost magical packaging container. Simply fantastic!

And finally – glass jars are just so versatile! Whatever you prepare – be it salads, desserts, pasta or anything else, it will always look – and taste – absolutely fantastic. Besides – look at how pretty and tempting it will look!

If you still feel you need to be persuaded, check out this episode on ‘What to Eat Now’, a show on BBC 2 run by British chef, Valentine Warner The second episode of the second season of the show – based entirely around summer food and cooking – focuses on picnic food and the picnic experience. Valentine highlights the practicality of glass jars for picnics – and his recipes are absolutely delicious!

So go for glass jars. They are practical, safe and add that little bit of extra character to a lovely day out. What do you think – will you be choosing glass jars for your next picnic?

Summer’s here: Time to Enjoy Cool Refreshing Drinks in Glass!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Summer is here so it’s time to share our favourite lemonade recipes! Don’t forget to chill your glasses and pitcher for the ultimate treat!

 

Top left we start with a some basic lemonades from She Knows including our favourite basil version! Next we have a variation on the basil theme which comes with added strawberries. Summer is also the perfect time for baking addicts to turn off the oven and enjoy a refreshing glass of raspberry lemonade!

There is also a blueberry version and blackberries and mint – the possibilities are endless. What about a very grown-up black tea lemonade? We’ve even found some tips on how you can personalise your glass pitcher.

Above all – enjoy a glassy summer with your friends!

Glass in your garden: how-to décor tips

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Here’s a quick, creative and chic way to lighten-up your garden parties this summer.

Recycle a few glass jars into an lovely outdoor chandelier. Not only is it a cinch to put together, it will give your outdoor celebration an extra touch of class.

Thanks to our friends over at CasaSugar for the tip. Full instructions after the jump.

You’ll need:

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