This post will be updated periodically as additional tips come to my attention. The steps provided are starting points.
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Here are some general rules for all types of products:
- Make sure working surfaces and equipment are sanitized
- Practice safety precautions as applicable to the product you are making
- When measuring ingredients try to use ounces or grams rather than volume (teaspoon, tablespoon, cups and the like). Ounces or grams are more accurate measures of weight.
- Remove distractions, (phone, pets, children, etc.)
- Read your recipe several times
- Prepare all ingredients before you start
- Give yourself plenty of time to work, haste makes waste
- Not sure how your ingredients will react, test recipe in a small batch
- It is good to use others well documented recipes as a learning tool. Do not be afraid to experiment and take the recipe one or two steps further. Some call this “A Spin”, “A Twist”, “Enhancements”, I call it “Creativity”. I remember years ago BASF had a commercial that said “We do not make the product we make it better”.
- If you are selling your products follow all labeling requirements as determined by the governing governmental agency
- If you are selling your product make sure you have invested in the appropriate liability insurance
- Do not make medical claims for your recipes, unless you are able to prove the claim through a fully document clinical trial. The long term ramification of such claims can be costly.
- It’s okay if you do not like something you made, happens to me all the time
- Something bombed out, it’s okay to cry
- Laugh at your self
- Have fun