Costing Salsa

In years past, when my husband and I would can our salsa, we’d have a basic idea of how much our ingredients cost us. However, we had no idea how much each jar of salsa actually cost and whether or…

Canning Salsa

For the past several years now my husband and I have canned salsa. Our desire to can salsa was driven by our love of spicy food and the beautiful roma tomatoes that we’d spy on our weekly trips to the…

Food Product Costing – Part 3

In my previous two posts, I talked about the reasons I hear most often for why people running food businesses don’t calculate their product costs on an item-by-item basis.I disagree with people who…

Food Product Costing – Part 2

In my previous post (Food Product Costing – Part 1) I talked about the impression I have that many food business operators don’t know their product costs on an item-by-item basis. Here are some…

Food Product Costing – Part 1

I am under the impression that there are many people operating food businesses who do not calculate their product costs on an item-by-item basis. While I don’t have any hard cold statistics to confirm…

It costs how much?

Have you ever fixed a meal and wondered, how much did that cost me to make? Or maybe you have a favorite recipe that you’ve thought about going commercial with but are unsure of how you should price…

Wintry Mix – Part 2

By the time the holiday party we were hosting for our neighbors had gotten in near-full-swing, I had exhausted the supply of cranberry nectar for the “Portland Wintry Mix” cocktail of the evening. Not…

Wintry Mix – Part 1

Our friend, Ada, made the social media remark:“Tis the season for the phrase ‘wintry mix’.”To which Julie commented:“Is that a cocktail? I think it should be! Bartender, I’ll have the wintry mix, on…

Basic Science

Here is a quick refresher, or primer, on all the science you’ll ever need to know. (If you believe that, have I got a deal for you!)MatterThere are three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. For…

Weighing The Ingredients

There tends to be a certain amount of carry-over from a person’s work life to their personal life. For example, it seems to me that people who are organized at work are more likely to be organized in…