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Preserving jars

Traditionally jams and preserves were stored in stoneware jars - even by brand manufacturers like Hartleys and Robertsons. Larger households might have had them in 3lb or 5lb treacle-glazed jars. Covered in cloth and tied with string, the sugar content ensured their longevity. They were also used for laying down fruit and vegetables for the winter, before the luxury of refrigerators.

The invention of the Kilner or preserving jar with its rubber seal and screw lid became a popular substitute during the inter-war period. The added bonus of these vintage jars was the ability to see their contents without having to label everything.

Pretty French glass jars from famous cookery writer Elizabeth David's kitchen look terrific when covered with checked or chintzy fabric.

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