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#1 RedneckHipster

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:09 PM

Hello everyone!

 

I'm Craig from Ashland, Ky and I've recently started a hot sauce company with a few of my buddies called Redneck Hipster Hot Sauce!  

 

I started out making sauce for fun and gifting it to family and friends. Everyone encouraged me to sell and I jumped into it headfirst at the beginning of this year! I have no clue what I'm doing so please take it easy on me. lol I'm a full time teacher with a passion for cooking! I'll try not to ramble too much, but I've never used a forum before so correct me if this isn't the place for all this info/questions.

 

In December 2016 and the first week of January 2017 we sold 200 bottles of our sauce locally. I found some rules for hobby sauces through Reddit and I'm pretty sure we followed them all. We cooked in a certified kitchen, we bottled everything at 200 degrees, and we only sold locally (no crossing state lines or selling online). We took that money and became an LLC. We have our business licenses, we opened a business bank account, and we got insurance. We're currently working on a website, professional (FDA approved) labels, and shipping options. We are on the verge of joining KY Proud and Appalachian Proud with our products because we try to use local ingredients in our sauces. Reddit and google brought me here any time I researched questions I had about expanding our business. 

 

I think I'm supposed to put these somewhere else on this site, can someone more knowledgeable guide me?

 

1. Most of our sauces are peppers, salt, vinegar, and a few other fruits and veggies. We cook, puree, strain, cook again, and bottle immediately. I've read that this method will allow a sauce to keep for around 6 months. What kind of preservatives can I add to help our sauces keep longer and also not separate?

 

2. We have an artist working on our logo for our labels. I know we need a list of ingredients and nutritional info on the labels. What else does the FDA require? Where can I get these labels printed once they're made? We have 6 flavors of sauce and we're hoping to sell a dozen per month (each) or two dozen if we can get our sauce in local stores.

 

3. For those of you that have websites and sell your sauces online, what are your shipping methods? Where do you get your boxes? What do you pack the boxes with to protect the bottles?

 

Again, if this isn't the right place to post all this stuff please point me in the right direction. Thank you all for reading this much of my ramblings and an extra thank you to anyone willing to reply to me. lol

 

If you have any other advice, I'm all ears!

 



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#2 mpicante

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:19 PM

Hello and welcome

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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:21 PM

Welcome to THP from NorCal  :hi:

 

These are the forums you prolly wanna direct those questions.

 

 

http://thehotpepper....-food-business/

 

http://thehotpepper....-and-marketing/



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 11:36 PM

Hello and welcome

Thanks!


Welcome to THP from NorCal  :hi:

 

These are the forums you prolly wanna direct those questions.

 

 

http://thehotpepper....-food-business/

 

http://thehotpepper....-and-marketing/

Thank you! I love sublime, btw! I'm guessing my question about preservatives goes in the first forum and the other two questions go in the second forum? Correct me if i'm wrong. i really don't want to break any rules :/



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:00 AM

Welcome

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:46 AM

Thanks!


Thank you! I love sublime, btw! I'm guessing my question about preservatives goes in the first forum and the other two questions go in the second forum? Correct me if i'm wrong. i really don't want to break any rules :/

 

Aah heck I'm not sure what goes where? I'm just a consumer but you will get great advice from members Smokenfire, Salsalady, and Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. All three are in the biz and freely share great advice on the sauce biz. There are others here but those are my favorites and the ones off the top of my head. Also its not that tight here, you wont get demoted for posting in the wrong place :lol:  A mod or senior member will just come along and direct ya to where ya wanna be most likely.

 

:cheers: I wish you great luck on your sauce adventures and you couldn't have found a better place to get advice.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:49 AM

:welcome:

 

Too long to read, one thought at a time lol!!!!


I want that salami.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 01:09 AM

:welcome:

 

Too long to read, one thought at a time lol!!!!

 

Oh you should read it. Its all about the time he met Justin Biebrer  :rofl:   :cheers:  :beer:

 

Sorry RNhipster, But you prolly wont be getting that great advice Friday night at this hour (wait'll tomorrow)  :drunk:



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 03:34 AM

Welcome and good luck with the sauce business.

#10 Rymerpt

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 11:07 AM

Welcome
THANK YOU JESUS. PEPPER PEOPLE ROCK!!!!

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 11:17 AM

Welcome to the Forum :welcome: !!

Great work on your venture, good luck :)



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 11:51 AM

:welcome: to the family !    



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 02:44 PM

 

Aah heck I'm not sure what goes where? I'm just a consumer but you will get great advice from members Smokenfire, Salsalady, and Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. All three are in the biz and freely share great advice on the sauce biz. There are others here but those are my favorites and the ones off the top of my head. Also its not that tight here, you wont get demoted for posting in the wrong place :lol:  A mod or senior member will just come along and direct ya to where ya wanna be most likely.

 

:cheers: I wish you great luck on your sauce adventures and you couldn't have found a better place to get advice.

Thanks again for the well wishes and generosity!


:welcome:

 

Too long to read, one thought at a time lol!!!!

Sorry, I'm just so excited!!!


 

Oh you should read it. Its all about the time he met Justin Biebrer  :rofl:   :cheers:  :beer:

 

Sorry RNhipster, But you prolly wont be getting that great advice Friday night at this hour (wait'll tomorrow)  :drunk:

lol it's all good!


Welcome and good luck with the sauce business.

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Welcome to the Forum :welcome: !!

Great work on your venture, good luck :)

 

 

:welcome: to the family !    

 

Thank you all for the warm welcomes!



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:25 AM

Hello and welcome from the UK

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Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:05 AM

:welcome:  from Denmark



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 04:35 PM

Hello and welcome from the UK

 

 

:welcome:  from Denmark

Thanks for the welcomes!






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