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So You’ve Got a Recipe and You Want to Sell a Food Product

So You've Got a Recipe and You Want to Sell a Food Product

You’ve been making this recipe forever and every time you share the results, someone says, “Wow, this is so good! You should sell it.” And that’s where you gets stuck, because you have no idea what to do next.

When you’re at this stage, at the very beginning with no clue what to do next, you don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t know even know what questions to ask. Eight years ago I was in your shoes. I needed help; I knew I needed help, but I didn’t know where to turn.

I stumbled along, making mistakes, spending money I didn’t have and sometimes getting lucky and finding solutions that worked. I looked for help from people who’d “been there” too. Shari Fitzpatrick, founder of Shari’s Berries, and I had a conversation during which I recall asking the most intelligent questions I could come up with. She was very kind in sharing her experience, but in hindsight, and to my point, I’m not sure I got as much as I could have out of that conversation. First because it was only about 15 minutes long and more critically, because I wasn’t sure what to ask. I wonder if she hung up from that call thinking, “ha, good luck to that girl ’cause she does NOT know what she’s doing.”

Eventually, I managed to piece together enough of what I needed to know to get the right incorporation, licensing, business and liability insurance, registration for sales tax, space in which to bake, ingredient, packaging and shipping vendors and so on. Quite possibly, I may have (unknowingly) violated some laws. This was not the fast track, but there wasn’t any other way, and I was determined to keep moving forward!

There is plenty of information “out there” about starting a generic business. Much of it applies to your start-up business whether you’re a food entrepreneur or a hair stylist. And it’s still confusing. Add in that you’re producing a product that people EAT, and laws that change frequently, and now it’s even more confusing and yet important that you get it right.

Here’s a brief checklist of the first crucial steps you need to take if you want to turn a recipe into a successful food business.

1. Determine to WHOM you are going to sell. Is there even a market, beyond your well-meaning friends and family, for your product? Many of the rest of your decisions depend on this one. PS: “Everyone” is not the right answer.

2. Incorporate your business. It’s important for tax purposes as well as liability and asset protection. Which type of incorporation you choose depends on your personal situation and merits discussion with your CPA.

3. Get liability and business insurance. Especially with a food business, there are too many factors and risks lurking to play around here.

4. Take care of these first two steps BEFORE you sell one bite of anything!

5. Register your business with the state and get any local … Read More


How to Make Traditional Holiday Fruit Cakes

During the holiday season, I like to spend the afternoon making some delicious homemade mini fruit cakes. Making and serving these delicious items has been around for centuries. You will usually see them served around the holiday season or at wedding celebrations.

You will find that various cultures will have different touches on traditional recipes, however, the following recipes are carried out in the American tradition. When I make this fruit cake, I bake it in a muffin tin or mini bread pan. If you want, you can certainly bake it in a regular bread pan or a round cake pan.

How to Make Traditional Holiday Fruit Cakes

Fruit Cake Recipe

1 1/3 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 cup of butter, soft

2 eggs

3 cups of all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

2 cups of eggnog

1 1/2 cups mixed candied fruit

1 1/2 cup sifted sugar

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

additional eggnog

(optional) half portion of candied cherries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, shake the sugar with soft butter until soft and creamy. Beat in both eggs until mixed. In another bowl, stir in the flour and baking powder. Gently stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and then shake in the eggnog until all the ingredients are well combined. Fold the chopped candied fruit. If the mixture is stiff, mix with your hands.

Spray a few muffins or mini pans with non-stick vegetable spray. Spoon the mixture into the pan you want.

Place pans into a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 20-22 minutes or until they are done and the centers test clean with a toothpick. Remove from the pans and let cool on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, combine the confectioner’s sugar, nutmeg and ground cinnamon. Add in enough eggnog to make the mixture of drizzling consistency. Drizzle the glazed over the cooled fruit cakes.

If desired, top the fruit cakes with candied cherry halves for garnishing and store them in an airtight storage container. … Read More


Best Recipe for Making Chocolate Fudge Brownies

If you love chocolate fudge brownies, you should know how to make them. Below is an easy recipe for making brownies. You’ll have a lot of fun trying this recipe out. Preparation time for these brownies is fifteen minutes. Cooking time is estimated to be 55 minutes. From this recipe, you are likely to make about eighteen brownies. In order to be able to make good fudge brownies, you need to know what ingredients you need. The ingredients that are needed for the brownies include the following;

– Butter (200 grams)

– Three eggs

– Two egg yolks

– Packed dark cooking chocolate, which needs to be coarsely chopped (200 grams)

– Casting sugar (270 grams)

– Plain flour (115 grams)

– Cocoa powder (35 grams)

After you have finished preparing all your ingredients, you can go ahead and start making your brownies. The first step is to pre-heat your oven to about 160 degree centigrade. You should then slab a pan with your prepared melted butter and also try to line it with non-sticking baking powder. This will make certain that the brownies do not stick to the sides of the pan, thus, making them easy to remove.

You should melt the butter and chocolate in a large bowl. The melting should not be done over direct heat, but it should be over a saucepan half filled with water. You should then whisk the egg yolk and the eggs in another bowl, until they are well mixed. The chocolate mixture should be allowed to cool a little, before you finally add the egg mixture.

Mix the flour and sugar in another bowl, add cocoa powder and then add the mixture to the chocolate bowl. Stir until they are well combined. Do not over stir, as this could make your brownies hard. When you are done, pour the mixture in the pan you prepared.

The brownies should be baked in oven for about fifty minutes, or until the crumbs start to adhere to the skewer inserted in the center. You should try not to over bake the brownies, or they will be too dried. After the brownies are baked, set them aside for a minimum of six hours, so as to allow them to cool. This will also help the brownies to set. It will be even better if you leave the brownies to set overnight. When they have cooled, you can go ahead and cut them into good-sized pieces. You are now ready to serve them to your family members.… Read More


Vegetable Quiche In a Whole Grain Crust

Making a homemade Quiche from scratch including the crust may seem intimidating at first, but if you are lucky enough to possess a food processor it is easier than you think.

Ingredients For The Crust

1 cup of whole grain wheat flour

1/2 cup of whole grain oat flour

1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

2 ounces of cold lard, cubed

2 ounces of cold butter, cubed

Ice water as needed

Directions

Combine the whole grain flours, salt, baking powder and nutmeg in the work bowl of your favorite food processor. Process till well combined. Add the lard and pulse several times. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is the size of small peas. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle the ice water through the feed shute until the dough barely forms a ball. The goal is to use as little water as needed to accomplish this. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured board. Roll the dough and then press it into a 9 inch pie dish. You can now fill the crust and immediately bake it, but if you are looking for a crispier crust, it is best to partially bake it first. Fill the crust with pie weights and bake for 25 minutes at 375AF.

Ingredients For The Filling

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 large red pepper, seeded and cored and cut into quarters

1 large onion, skin and root removed and cut into quarters

1 pound of crimini mushrooms

2 teaspoons of freshly chopped thyme

6 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese

4 large chicken eggs

1 cup of whole milk

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Direction

Put the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Put the red pepper and onion into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Pulse until you have large chunks. Slice the mushrooms using your food processor’s slicing disc. Add the vegetables and thyme to the skillet and saut for 5-10 minutes. They are ready when the onions are soft and translucent.

Shred the cheese using your food processor’s shredding disc. Set aside.

Put the eggs, milk, salt and pepper into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Process for 1 minute. Fold in the vegetable mix and cheese and transfer to a partially baked Quiche crust. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. It’s done when the filling puffs and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.… Read More


The Tastiest Celebrities Based on Britain’s Sausies Awards

The Tastiest Celebrities Based on Britain's Sausies AwardsThe citizens of Great Britain have voted on the tastiest as well as the least tasty celebrities. The Sausies awards are sponsored by Porky Lights, which is a brand of British sausage that was invented in 1935. The results of the contest were published on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The Sausies determine which celebrities Britains think epitomize great taste as well as which celebrities leave a bad taste in the Britains’ mouths.

Online votes were used to determine the winners of thirteen categories, including Radio, Politics, Sports, and Tv. The voters were asked to vote based on the celebrities’ personality, behaviour, looks, and style. Here is the list of the winners of the Sausies Awards:

* The Tastiest TV Duo – The winners are ITV’s Phillip and Holly Willoughby from This Morning

Almost half of the votes cast for the tastiest TV duo was fro Phil and Holly. The beat out Sandi and Noel from Bake Off and Tess and Claudia from Strictly. One voter stated what many others thought – The chemistry between Phil and Holly are like mash and sausage, a perfect pairing.

* The Tastiest Male Celebrity – The winner is actor and producer, Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy, a former model now turned actor and film producer, was awarded the tastiest male. One voter stated that Tom Hardy is an animal lover, great actor and extremely good looking, making him the only choice for the Tastiest Male Celebrity.

* The Tastiest Female Celebrity – The winner is ITV’s Holly Willoughby

Holly from This Morning won a second award for the tastiest female celebrity. Other contenders in the category of tastiest female included Stacey Solomon and Emma Willis. One male voter stated that he would love to share a sausage with winner Holly Willoughby. Another voter stated that Holly was funny, genuine and gorgeous.

* The Tastiest Male Breakfast Television Presenter – The winner is Ben Shephard from Good Morning Britain

Ben Shepard beat out Piers Morgan, another Good Morning Britain television presenter, as the Tastiest Male Breakfast Presenter. Shepard received approximately one-third of the total votes cast. The voters remarked that they loved his good looks and cheeky personality. The arch-rival of Piers Morgan came in third with the votes.

* The Tastiest Female Television Presenter – The winner is Susanna Reid from Good Morning Britain

Susanna Reid from Good Morning Britain received the Tastiest Female television presenter. One voter stated that Susanna is attractive, funny and a brilliant interviewer. Another voter stated that she is very patient dealing with Pier Morgan. Susanna received more votes than Kate Garraway from Good Morning Britain and Louise Minchin from BBC Breakfast.

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