I love canning and pepper jelly is my favourite thing to make. My friend Shandra and I spent dozens of hours in my kitchen last summer whipping up new and unique flavours of pepper jelly. We shared these with friends and family who couldn’t get enough of them. They are that good (okay, I might be a little biased). We went to one bazaar around the holidays and not a person who sampled our jellies left our booth empty-handed.
You know a book is a good one when it lights a small fire under you. That is what Homemade for Sale by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko has done for me. While many parts of the book are not so relevant for me here in Ontario where federal laws prevent pretty much forbid anyone in the country from selling home-cooked goods, I found it to be a great guide for both building up my pepper jelly business and pushing for change in this province. I want to start a cottage food industry revolution in Canada which would allow people like me, who love making something that other people seem to love, to take a chance at building a business.