First Steps to Becoming a Pro

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Hi Dave!Not sure if you can help me, but I am helping my mother in getting her salsa marketed. She and her two sisters are excellent cooks and have a very vintage flare. Anyways, she makes an excellent salsa, which everyone loves, and I would like her to try selling it. We have a product name and that’s about it. …

Making Honey BBQ Sauce

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Hello Dave,I want to make honey barbeque sauce. We are beekeepers and bottle our honey in 1 lb. plastic bottles with a pressure safety seal under the lid. Is that sufficient to keep the sauce from spoiling or do I have to "can" the sauce like you would salsa?Carolyn Hello Carolyn:No, the sauce would have to be properly canned in …

Uncooked Hot Sauces

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Hi Dave,I have heard of hot sauces that aren’t cooked and I am curious as how this can be, after all if they hot bottle the product isn’t that cooking it? Are there any kind of ingredients that I can eliminate in order to be able to bottle the final product cold without cooking it? For instance if My sauce …

What Happened to Crystal Hot Sauce?

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Q: Hello Dave,I am looking for Crystal Hot Sauce–every store I am looking into is all out. What’s going on with this product? Can you help me or lead me in the direction to get some? Thanks,Mandi A: Hello Mandi,The Crystal Hot Sauce Plant was destroyed by hurricane Katrina. They are opening a new plant and should be back in …

Use the Industry Directory

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Q: Dave,I am considering starting an all hot and chile related store. There are 12,000 websites at least on hot sauces. Is there a location where I can get a list of all wholesale distributors and/or manufacturers of hot and chile sauces? In our area, we do not have DSL etc and web searching is a slow process to go …