Start a Profitable Jam and Jelly Business

Learn how to preserve your independence and stock up on money by making fruit spreads to sell.

If you’re a canning aficionado and like to put up juicy berries, sweet peaches, and crisp apples, you could be earning extra cash with your preserved spreads.

According to the Specialty Food Association, jam and jelly sales totaled more than $228 million in 2016. Many people yearn for the days when food was homegrown, homemade, and full of recognizable ingredients, yet the pace of modern life leaves little time for cooking. People with traditional canning skills can fulfill this desire for homemade food by starting their own jam- and jelly-making businesses.

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Operating a jam- or jelly-making business has unique benefits. It can be large or small, and operated part time, seasonally, or year-round. Unlike other food-based businesses, there’s minimal infrastructure required; in most states, you can make jams, jellies, and other preserves in your own home kitchen. Also, as a low-risk product, soft spreads have fewer startup safety hurdles than other food-based businesses — and it’s a profitable way to use up excess orchard or garden produce.

If the thought of starting a business seems overwhelming, don’t worry. The process is simple when taken step by step.

A Delectable Selection

First, decide which products to sell. Think about the soft spreads you know how to make, and those you enjoy preparing. If making jelly fills you with joy, then you should definitely consider producing and selling jelly. But if you hate this time-consuming process, opt for jam, fruit butter, preserves, or marmalade instead.

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