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Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

I have just bought 6 Tala storage jars from a local homewares shop, in all intents exactly the same as Kilners. However on reading the small print it specifically says no boiling water, and not to use in the oven. With Kilners my traditional method was to sterilize the jars in the oven then top up the fruit with boiling water. Does anybody have any tips or have I wasted my money ?

Many thanks all.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Are they sold as preserving jars or storage jars?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Are they dishwasher proof and do you have a dishwasher?  If so, that's an option, if not then use Milton sterilising fluid or the sterilising tablets that are used when making wine, you can get them in Wilkinsons.

    I make both jams and wine and hope this helps image

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I sterilise a lot of wine making equipment with baby sterilising tabs.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Ooh, artjak, you make wine too.....maybe we should start another thread.  I once tried joining a wine making forum, very odd people who weren't at all friendly so I gave up image

  • I'm afraid they are labeled as storage nutcutlet. Just goes to show that you shouldn't be seduced by a bargain and that there is no substitute for the real thing. I think I've just gained some extra space for pasta and rice !

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Aways look on the bright side Ivyimage

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Could you not buy replacement seals for them, Kilner sell seals is they are the same size and it should be ok?

  • Thanks Tracey but the seals are the orange rubber ones exactly as would have been on a Kilner jar.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tala-950-Classic-Airtight-Storage/dp/B002SPDRZK/ref=sr_1_1/276-3532335-1958219?ie=UTF8&qid=1393193391&sr=8-1&keywords=tala+jars#productDescription

    Are these the same jars Ivy? If so, I think they will be ok for preserving. Why don't you try something that de isn't matter if it spoils and see? They say they are air tight so should be ok image

  • Ivy, you could sterilise as the ideas above, then do pickles such as beetroot and onions that can use cold vinegar. I've used hot and cold methods for pickling, with slightly different results but still good. 

    Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

    Ooh, artjak, you make wine too.....maybe we should start another thread.  I once tried joining a wine making forum, very odd people who weren't at all friendly so I gave up image

    I totally agree, Tracey. I tried too, and asked for help. They were really up their own bums! I really fancy making a redcurrant and raspberry sparkling wine from my freezer stores, but they were no help whatsoever. What do you say, artjak?

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