A cookbook, that is….
As most of you know, I spent years learning to make most things from scratch due to a collapsed immune system and wheat allergies. You would not believe what has wheat in it, that has absolutely no need for it!
So I make my own spice mixes, because I was not giving up my Asian food. Or Indian food. Or Mexican food. Or…. well, you get the idea.
A lot of my friends and family were asking for bottles of my spices as presents, so I figured… why not sell them? Not sell them their own birthday present, of course, but at flea markets, craft fairs, etc.
I found out why not; no-one wants to pay a premium for something hand-made, clean, pure, etc… when they can get the No-Name shit from China for 1/3 the price. Except at festivals, I sell best at pagany events, where clean eating, no fillers/ preservatives, and knowing what’s in your food is considering a priority.
I currently have about $2000 in raw materials upstairs, or about $6000 in finished goods. I’ve eaten some, gave some to my niece, and am probably giving more in gift baskets to charities to auction off.
I will likely still sell at festivals and stuff, but only the ones I’m going to anyway. I lost too much money this year. So… what to do, since I’ve been denied disability, even though the government agrees I’m disabled. I can’t work, one day on my feet knocks me out for 3 days.
When I asked the question “What do I do now?” of the Facebook hivemind, one answer was to write a cookbook, sell my recipes, not the spices.
So, I’m curious; is anyone interested in a cookbook with recipes for the spices, and recipes for each spice for the slow-cooker? (which is how I usually use it, I love my slow-cooker); would you rather I find a way to sell through this blog? (I tried Etsy, but 2 sales in 2 years is not encouraging).
How about Amazon.ca? Amazon.com? Email only? Facebook store?
What about instant meals in jars? (lentils, rice, dried veggies, spices) I would buy either fresh veggies in season, or fresh-frozen ones where the only ingredient is the veggie. And my own spices, of course.
Tell me what you think, please.