HomeBeekeepingCanning Success With Renee Pottle (Excerpt, "Home made For Sale")

Canning Success With Renee Pottle (Excerpt, “Home made For Sale”)

The next excerpt is from authors John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist’s latest e-book, Home made for Sale, Second Version (New Society Publishers, December 2022: pre-order right here now at a 20 p.c low cost) and is reprinted with permission from the writer.

Homemade for Sale cover canning canned products


“There are all types of high-acid canned meals that we are able to select to make and promote in our cottage residence kitchens underneath your state’s cottage meals regulation, the whole lot from jams and jellies, fruit, butters, shrubs, pickles, sauerkraut, flavored vinegars, chutneys sauces, even juice,” says Renee Pottle, creator of Worthwhile Preserves: The best way to Begin an Artisan Jam and Jelly Enterprise.

“So how are you aware which product is the correct one for you?” prompts Pottle. “Many people have an concept with a recipe in thoughts, or perhaps you develop an extra of apricots in your farm and also you wish to make jam out of them. Maybe you don’t develop something, however you will have a well-known peach chutney recipe that each one your family and friends inform you that you need to make and promote.”

“To begin with, no matter your canned product is, it must be one thing you like to make,” advises Pottle, who’s additionally a Grasp Meals Preserver, getting began with canning as a toddler whereas hanging out in her Nana’s kitchen. “You can be making this product again and again. So, when you’re not loopy about the entire jelly-making course of, don’t select a jelly enterprise.” This is applicable to any canned meals product, not simply jelly. The product needs to be one thing you love to do.

“Do you will have quick access to the elements wanted to make your canned meals product?” asks Pottle. “And are the elements reasonably priced, if it seems you purchase them and never develop them your self? Lastly, once you add up the ingredient and packaging prices, plus think about your labor, are you able to promote your merchandise at a revenue the place you reside?”

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Sourcing domestically or regionally tends to be the easiest way to maintain the prices down and safe the high-quality elements, harvested at their peak of ripeness and, subsequently, taste. Past reasonably priced and accessible elements, she’s fast to level out different potential bottlenecks, like the supply of canning jars, lids, or spices. Provide chain woes can crop up in unanticipated methods, so it’s sensible to have a backup plan so manufacturing delays could be prevented.


Learn extra: These 5 strategies of meals preservation bypass canning altogether.


“Don’t swim upstream,” cautions Pottle. “Keep away from selecting a product that you must persuade your clients to purchase or that you must overly clarify. Most individuals perceive jams and jellies and pickles and salsa. You may need to clarify a regional fruit like marionberries, however folks perceive jam. Nonetheless, they could stroll proper by your lovely jars of mustard as a result of they don’t perceive it as a pickled product.”

“The most important trade-off when working from our residence kitchen might be giving up a sure degree of creativity,” admits Pottle. “Low-acid meals, like pepper jellies, normally aren’t allowed. Something that features alcohol, like wine jelly or ale jelly, in all probability isn’t allowed both underneath a cottage meals regulation. For instance, your state may allow you to make peach jam, however they received’t allow you to make persimmon jam. You may have the ability to make pickles from cucumbers, however not from carrots. The principles appear arbitrary, and to a sure diploma they’re.”

“Some states will allow you to make jam at residence,” continues Pottle. “Some will allow you to make pickles at residence. Some will allow you to make sauerkraut at residence. Some will allow you to make two of these, however not the opposite. Some will allow you to make all three. So, earlier than you get too enthusiastic about what you’re going to supply, just be sure you’ve checked to ensure it’s authorized in your state. Both work with the cottage meals regulation you will have, otherwise you’ll must change into an advocate and get the regulation modified in your state.”

“As a result of our merchandise are in cans, the jars themselves promote your scrumptious residence merchandise at farm stands or pop-up food-related occasions,” says Pottle, noting that the colourful canned merchandise has loads of eye enchantment and doesn’t must be coated over by a number of labeling. “Be inventive with labels, however there’s no must get carried away with it. Keep on with straightforward labels. Identical for traditional jars reasonably than the dearer imported ones until you’re certain you may get much more cash for every jar bought. In any other case, you’ll be dropping any revenue you may need made.”

“Beginning a home-based enterprise is all the time an thrilling enterprise,” shares Pottle. “I’ve began a number of over the previous three or 4 a long time and in numerous areas and numerous varieties. We’re effervescent with optimism, however to maintain that optimism, it’s greatest to keep away from expensive errors. Don’t get emotionally concerned with both your product or your packaging. If one thing is just too costly, you must be prepared to offer it up and transfer on to the following factor.”

“Bear in mind, you make scrumptious canned meals merchandise you like,” concludes Pottle. “You might be sharing it with different folks and they’re paying you for it.” That’s the right recipe for enterprise success.

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