Here are the top 4 ways to make money in your kitchen. Make something the consumer can eat, use, gift or learn. Make something remarkable. The key is to select one thing and do it better than any of your competitors. For years my Profits from Your Kitchen students have asked, “What the secret to success?” “What is the one thing I can make or sell that will bring in the cash?” The answer is simple. Find a product that the consumer is willing and able to buy for the price you’re asking. What does that mean? The consumer first must be willing to part with their money. Second, parting with their money should mean they have money in their wallet. Last, the price has to be so irrelevant, it matters not if the cost is high. It’s the value they gain that captivates them.
How often have you said, “Oh, I just have to try this!” What about, “Oh, I know I shouldn’t but, I’m getting this!”
When you have what the consumer wants at a price their willing to pay over and over again, you’ve won. Success!
So, let’s address the good, bad and the ugly. When selecting a product made in your kitchen there are a few things to consider.
- A scalable product
- Profitable products
- Products with a long shelf-life
- A flavor changer. Uncommon and unparalleled
- Exotic. Foreign to the community in which they’re sold
- Trendy. A hip-cool tasty pleasure. (Trendy, and can stand the test of time.)
4 ways to make money in your kitchen
One of the more popular ways to make money in your kitchen is to Blog. This can take the form of a video or a virtual cooking class. The keep is to have razor-sharp focus. For example, the worldwide shift away from consuming animal products is being driven by millennials. In fact, this plant-based movement is growing bigger than anticipated. Are you into meatless meals? Do you cook every day? Do you love to photograph your food? Start a blog that provides recipes for a tiny niche. Share 101 ways to make vegan or vegetarian burgers. Okay, so you’re thinking this is crazy, right? Let’s take a look at what a Meatless/Vegan/Vegetarian Burger Blog might look like and what type of information is in it.
What makes up a Vegan Burger?
- Bread or something that contains the burger
- Condiments or flavor enhancers (mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup etc)
- Mix-in ingredients or pickles, onions, mushrooms, vegan cheese, avocado, shredded veggies, peppers etc
Cooking method, fried, grilled, baked or broiled
- How is the vegan burger served? Giant bun, wedged between large Romaine lettuce leaves. Is it dipped in simple batter and dredged in Panko?
Who would even want to read a Blog on Vegan Burgers? Anyone looking for alternative meat sources and burger lovers. Mom’s looking to serve something different and college students on a limited income. Oh yeah, vegans and vegetarians. The key here is to use food porn. Make the burgers look remarkable. Use ingredients that are commonly found and filled the burgers with flavor.
Create a burger for every day of the week and consider the following:
- Color – the burger must look like food.
- Texture – Avoid mush and go after a crunchy exterior.
- Smell – The burgers should always smell like food.
- Ingredients – Use ingredients that are easy to find and play well with others. For example, you’re not combining eggplant and artichokes.
There is no shame in your game. Become an affiliate and recommend the cooking equipment/utensils you use. Your blog followers will want to do it your way. Your blog will have to have the following disclaimer.
This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.
How will you fill this blog with content? Fill it with
- vegan burger recipes
- condiment recipes
- suggestions on what to put on the vegan burger (chopped shredded veggies)
- bread, bun or wrap suggestions
- sides that compliment the began burgers
You may even want to recommend a beverage that will knock the burger meal out of the park.
Looks like a lot of work, right? It is, but if you want something that no one else is doing consider it. How many Vegan Burger Blogs are on the Internet? Your food message must offer transparent and attractive information. We’re talking about writing in such a way that your reader has a super sensory experience. Include a bit of information about how healthy your recipes are, even when they’re not. Look everybody is not looking for low calorie or healthy vegan food. Sometimes they want something seductive and delicious.
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2. Start an Exotic Foods Podcast From Your Kitchen
Eating healthy is on everyone’s radar. Americans are tiring of the common foods prepared by their parents and grandparents. This is not to say the foods are not delicious, but today it is important to put a different spin on the traditional. For example, Key Lime pie pricked with a few droplets of top shelf Tequila takes the pie to a whole new level.
Over the past couple of decades, there’s been a shift in how the lowly hamburger is served. Today, it’s nothing to get a burger served with sauteed mushrooms, a fried egg, avocado, or bonito flakes. Bold, daring and different is in and traditional ketchup and mustard is out.
Do your homework
If you love to talk food, do your homework and create a Podcast specializing in food trends, exotic foods. Showcase how creative home-based chefs can take their culinary creations to the next level. Here are some cultural trends you need to pay attention to:
- South American
- South Indian
- Greek and Cypriot
- Middle Eastern
Visit International Markets in your community. For example, outside Atlanta, the Dekalb Farmers Market. In Charlotte, the Super G Market and the Original Farmers’ Market in Los Angeles, CA. Find out what’s in your neighborhood.
I once met a woman at the Super G Market in Charlotte, NC buying bitter melon. We struck up a conversation and I learned; there were two types of bitter melon. The Chinese bitter melon (gourd) has a smooth surface, while the Indian bitter melon has a bumpy surface.
Both are delicious, but the Indian bitter melon contains anti-diabetic properties. (No health claim here) I don’t know how true this is but it’s something to look into.
Equipment for podcasting
After you map out your focus topic, research your target audience, and make a podcast equipment list.
- A good microphone
- A pop filter
- A boom
- A platform for hosting your Podcast (i.e. Zoom)
- Recording and editing software
- A podcast hosting account
- A vanity URL
No one said it would be easy. If you’re interested in learning more about starting a Podcast post your questions below.
3. Teach what you know
There’s an old saying “those who can do and those who can’t teach.” The problem with this is that you can’t do until you learn and you can’t learn unless you’re taught. No one is all knowing so we rely heavily on craftsman, seasoned professions in their field to teach and design best practices.
There are people out there trying to teach you things they don’t know. The most qualified experts are often the quietest voices. For years, almost 30 years to be exact I made delicious pies for family and friends. I never thought of selling them or teaching folks how to make them. I only liked making pies. Then, one day someone asked me how I made my crust and I share the recipe and technique. Their response was, “you are so patient and good at this, you should teach.”
I ignored the idea of teaching for years until I started looking at what I might do in the autumn of my life. Then one day I examined my knowledge, wisdom, and skill and decided on teaching. This simple decision changed my life forever.
Using Social Media and Internet
Social media and the Internet has made it possible to share what you know. You can start a YouTube Channel, an Online Cooking/Baking course, you can even offer email classes. The possibilities are endless.
I mention these two master crafters because they are teaching in a unique manner. Using non-traditional platforms. Video and Audio. This is not to say you can’t use traditional methods of teaching. If you want a classroom setting go for it. Contact your local community center or Adult Lifelong Learning Program. You might check out the offerings at your local community college or even your local library. Submit a proposal and create a course you will be proud of. Your biggest challenge will be doing it.
Are You A Master Crafter?
Are you a master canner? Have you been “putting up” jars of jams, jellies, relishes, and pickles for years? Is this something you might want to teach others? Perhaps baking is your gift or making exotic desserts or bread that represent your culture. Give this some thought, don’t jump in with both feet but think about what you might do. Talk to family, friends and share the idea with your Facebook or Instagram followers. You never know where teaching will take you. If you have questions about getting started, post them below.
4. Make Money from an Amazing Recipe
This is a simple version. I have roughly five versions of this recipe. I’ve made Gumbo with everything from smoke duck to grilled steak and jumbo prawns.
Disclaimer: I did not personally make money from this recipe but I did from the YouTube video. The person who made money was a chef who owned a food truck. You heard me. This Virginia Food Truck owner watched the video, made the Gumbo and started selling it to his customers.
Have I made a made money from recipes? Absolutely. If you want a successful food business it all starts with an amazing recipe. You must put as much time and effort in the recipe as you put in the business. The recipe is the business.
Consistency is key and if food is the universal language learn to speak that language well.
Here’s one of the recipes that made me money. As you know I owned a home-based Pie Shop called the Charlotte Pie Authority in Charlotte NC. It is now closed but below is one of my favorite best selling recipes. I made the pie when I baked out of The City Kitch, a commercial shared-use kitchen.
Kentucky Bourbon Chess Pie (aka) my version of Kentucky Derby Pie
Kentucky Bourbon Chess Pie (aka) my version of Kentucky Derby Pie
Product cost: $6.93 includes ingredients, pie tin (9-inch deep dish), pie window box, water-proof label
Price: $28.00 in 2014 (Today I would charge $32- $35)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 corn syrup (if using homemade corn syrup, use 1/2 cup)
- 4 large eggs (room temperature)
- 1/4 cup Kentucky Bourbon 80 Proof
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (My favorite vanilla is Ronald Reginald Melipone Mexican Vanilla)
- 1 1/4 cup pecans (coarse chop) Use a coarse chop, it is easier for the customer to make clean slices.
- 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (I use Guittard® Semisweet Chocolate Baking Chips)
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees (176 C)
- In a large bowl, using heavy-duty electric beaters on medium-high speed, mix the butter, sugars, corn syrup, salt, eggs, bourbon and vanilla extract.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth and incorporated, do not overbeat.
- Stir in pecans and mini semisweet chocolate chips.
- Pour filling into the pie crust.
- Bake the pie for 50-60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the pie comes out clean.
- Cool pie completely at least 4-6 hours or overnight before serving.
- Serve with vanilla bean ice cream or slightly sweetened whipped cream.
- Cover the pie with an aluminum foil tent if the top browns too quickly.
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