How to Sell Homemade Beef Jerky?
Learning how to sell homemade beef jerky is not just about preparing the meat in the restaurant style and start selling it just like that. If you seriously want to know how to sell homemade beef jerky, then, you must first acquaint yourself with all the legal rules and regulations. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind to know how to sell homemade beef jerky –
Contact the health department
If you are planning to sell homemade beef jerky, then, the first thing you should do is get in touch with the health department of your county.
One of the first rules of selling homemade beef jerky is to have a separate kitchen. In this kitchen, you can cook the jerky only. This should not be at any corner of your own kitchen. You need to allot a completely separate area for preparing jerky at home.
Keep pets at bay
Make sure, you keep the pets out of sight, when you are preparing the jerky in your kitchen.
You will be granted permission to sell your homemade jerky to customers who are living within your own state. You are not allowed to sell homemade jerky to customers of different states.
If you would be selling homemade beef jerky on a pound basis and without any packages, then, you will require a scale calibrated by the health department of your county. And, you need to be extra careful if you would be selling homemade beef jerky in the flea market or similar places. This is because; the health department will then ask you for proper sanitation, hairnets, fire extinguisher and so on. However, if you plan to sell your beef jerky packaged, then, you need to label the ingredients according to their decreasing weight. Regardless of where you prepare the beef jerky, the health department officials might visit you once a year to check if you are following the health, sanitation and safety regulations accordingly.
It’s always a good idea to discuss your business with someone already in this profession. Alternately, you can also talk to the owner or manager of a local deli or a fast food joint and ask them about their inspector. You can then start the first point of contact from here. However, if you would be selling homemade beef jerky through stores or you plan to ship your product across the entire US, then, you will need USDA and FSIS approval and be ready to invest in a large sum of money.
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