Previously on Colossal Sauce:
In case you missed the wonderful raffle thread (thanks again to @flashinglight for organising such an amazing event!) I offered a trio of DiSers the chance to have bespoke hot sauces made for them as prizes. After some experimenting and a few hitches along the way I think all in all it went rather well. And as a result of all the lovely feedback I got and interest from DiSers witnessing my hot sauce adventures I’ve decided to go pro.
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So my kitchen is now registered as a place of business and I will have my Food Hygiene certificate very soon. I’m setting up a webstore, working with a graphic designer (aka my mate Ben) on polishing up the branding and getting set up with wholesalers and such. Which leaves me with one key thing I need to sort out: the sauces.
The Grand Plan is to have 3 sauces permanently available and do small runs of more outlandish sauces that aren’t feasible to sell in massive quantities. Sort of like a craft brewery, or an indie label (appropriately enough for something cooked up on DiS). I’m going to do versions of raffle successes Dark Side of the Bulb and El Lycheedor (I’d like to do Spicy Poirot but that’s a more difficult sauce to scale up atm) and one other as yet undecided sauce. I’ve nearly settled on the final recipes for those two but I need taste testers to give them a whirl before deciding on what to run with.
And that’s where DiS comes in.
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I’m gonna send out a couple of 100ml sampler bottles of versions of the sauces to a bunch of interested people to test out. All I ask in return from the recipients is a) an honest and unvarnished assessment of the two options and b) that they’ll at least think about washing and returning the bottles so I can steralise them and use them for further taste testings. I dunno how much sauce I can realistically afford to send out without bankrupting myself – I’m planning to have enough to send to at least 10 people - so if there’s a lot of interest I may have to pick users at random to send to. So if you do request to be sent some sauce I can’t guarantee you’ll receive any. But I’ll try and arrange discounts for anyone who even attempts to participate once I’m up and running. No payment will be expected for these sauces but I’ll gladly accept any tips people care to throw my way on PayPal. All being well I should be sending stuff out early March time.
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So who’s in?
- Sauce me up horseman!
- No sauce for me horse
- I’m not entirely happy with the boards being used this way tbh
With regards to bespoke sauces I think I might offer this as a DiS only service, at least for the time being. A few people said they might be interested in having custom hot sauces made for them and I really enjoy doing this but I think it could be tricky to run with the general public without running into problems. If anyone still fancies this drop me a PM and we’ll see if we can work out a price and time frame that makes sense for both of us. It all depends on the ingredients y’see - I have no intention of gouging anyone on these lovely forums but if you want a sauce made out of some £50 a shot whisky or something similarly rare and decadent then the price is gonna be pretty high.
Any business tips or suggestions welcome. I’ve been doing plenty of research I’m not going to claim to have half a clue what I’m doing yet.
Tl;dr: I’m totally exploiting the goodwill of DiS for personal profit but you might get some free sauce out of it so it’s all cool, right?