Product Type: Ikea Kitchenware
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Tea? Coffee? Hot Choc? ... Or Maybe Corks?!
Ikea Burken Jar with Lid
Member Name: loulou22
Ikea Burken Jar with Lid
Advantages: Good prices. They suit their purpose.
Disadvantages: Airtight seal isn't so airtight.
Ikea Burken Jar with Lid.
Since my partner and I seem to make countless trips to our local IKEA, personally I blame our love of the hot dogs for attracting us there in the first place, we seem to have many Ikea items throughout our flat. The product I will be reviewing today is the Burken Jar with Lid.
The Ikea Burken Jars are available in three sizes, 0.5l, 1.1l and 2.2l. We currently have four of these jars in our kitchen and all of them are the middle sized 1.1l variety as we thought this was a good size. The 0.5l seemed to small to be worth filling with anything as it would need refilling too often and the 2.2l looked too big and bulky for our liking. The design of the jars is very basic with the main jar being made of transparent glass and the lid being made from a brushed, matt-silver effect metal with a small handle on the top. The inside of the lid has a rubber seal to make it airtight. Personally I really like the look of the jar, it is simple but effective. I think the lid does look a little cheap and could be made a little better but for the price of the jars they are a decent purchase. We bought these jars at IKEA in Krakow, but I have checked on the IKEA website and you can buy them in the UK at the following prices, 0.5l jars are £1.80, 1.1l jars are £2.75 and 2.2l jars are £4.25!
We needed the jars as after I moved in with my partner it was discovered that while my partner drank tea and coffee these products always remained in their original packaging, don't ask me why but this really irritated me and when I had a free day I set out for Ikea to craftily replace this habit while my partner was at work. On my first trip I only purchased two jars, one for sugar and one for tea bags. Upon returning home from work my partner noticed them instantly and surprised me by saying how nice they were! The following weekend we went and purchased another two jars with the intention of using them for coffee and hot chocolate, however before the coffee reached one of the jars I got a little creative and found all of the corks from bottles of wine we had drank and put them in the jar instead, which makes a very nice feature in the kitchen!
As I already mentioned, one of our jars ended up being used for decoration instead of coffee and personally I think it looks really good. I recommend doing something like this as it is something slightly different and inexpensive (if you are a wine drinker!)
The other three jars we have are used for tea bags, sugar and chocolate powder for my beloved hot chocolate. I like the fact that the jars are transparent as it means I can see the contents and simply pick up the one I need, this is also useful when we have visitors and for whatever reason they are making their own drinks, they can see where the things they need are with ease. I do try to be a good host but there are moments when I cannot be in multiple places at once!
There is one problem with these jars and this is the airtight seal. At first the seal was very strong and kept the lid firmly in place, however I began to notice that after maybe a few months the sugar had begun to clump together which suggested the jar was not as airtight as it had been, it was then I realised the difference from when we first bought the jars. For us this isn't really too much of a problem as we get through sugar so fast that it hardly has time to clump together and it generally only seems to happen if we go away for a few days. The chocolate powder doesn't clump together, I'm not sure if this is because the seal has lasted on this particular jar or if it is something to do with the powder itself.
I tend to clean these jars before each refill, I try to use all of the item which is in the jar and then I can give it a clean and avoid any build ups of products, sugar in particular is the worst for this. The jars are easy to clean and I wash them in the same way I would wash a cup or glass. The lids are also easy to clean if they actually need it, but they do need a little longer to dry as the rubber seal seems to hold moisture and this isn't good to have moisture trapped when you put the lid back onto the jar.
Would I Recommend?
I would recommend the Burken Jars. I think they look good and are suitable for their purpose. The design of the lid isn't perfect but they are nicer than some of the other options in Ikea. The glass jar is made from a nice thick glass and can withstand some knocks and bumps, which seem to happen quite frequently when I am in the kitchen!
Overall, 4 out of 5 stars from me, one is lost for the lid design and the poor airtight seal.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: I'll have some corks please!