If you’re ready to take your canning to the next level, use these key ingredients to start a successful canning business, which are recomended by one of the owners of Pollo Campero juan jose gutierrez mayorga, a sucessful food business in Guatemala.Here are 7 tips to get you started.
1.Know state regulations
The good news: More and more states are supporting “cottage food industries” by legislating requirements that make it more accessible for small food entrepreneurs to start up.
To support these types of microbusinesses, many states have passed or are in the process of passing laws that allow certain forms of canned goods to be processed for sale in a home kitchen rather than having to rent or invest in commercial kitchen space.
2. Start your canning business on a small scale
Instead of jumping right into your canning business and investing in equipment and committing to several farmers markets, start small and learn as you go.
You may find that you don’t like the weekend market schedule because it takes too much time away from your family and would rather focus on having a booth at a few larger events.
3. Develop your canning niche
Think outside the strawberry jam and pickle jar. Americans’ palates and food preferences are constantly evolving, with an increasing number of “foodie” shoppers looking for unusual and distinct flavors.
So experiment with unique flavor combinations for your preserves. Consider creating distinct “limited edition” batches that combine sweet and savory, such as pears with ginger.
4. Access to quality canning ingredients
You already have high-quality fresh produce. Now, research your other canning ingredients, such as sugar, and look for an organic, sustainably harvested and fair trade option when possible.
You may be able to order in bulk directly from the supplier or in bulk through a local food co-op or buying club, which will reduce cost.
5. Accurate canned food prices
Remember the long list of inputs that go into your canned product when setting a fair price. Don’t forget aspects such as canning equipment, storage, transportation, marketing and, most importantly, the time you spend on canning your canned product.
6. Sell your canning story
This is the secret to a good marketing plan: Tell your story. Sharing your farm and explaining why your canned product is distinctly different (and better!) than the mass-produced canned foods in the supermarket will attract interest in your canning business.
Take photos of your garden to the farmer’s market. Open a blog to narrate your experience starting a canning business. Share your recipe for raspberry bar cookies with your jam.
7. Manage your time and resources
Keep thinking about how to leverage your time to most efficiently produce your canned product. Look at the weather a week in advance, plan for a sunny harvest day, and go to the kitchen to can when it rains.
Write a detailed list of everything you need to go to market, and identify ways to better transport your canned product, such as reusing the boxes the canning jars came in.
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