Using Home Kitchen as Food Processing Area

Kitchen, a place where the daily dose of foods are cooked. In modern houses, it is also the place where the family come together to eat an converse. This also might be the place where your income generating hobby starts.

Start by cooking adobo, paela, pinakbet, menudo and kare-kare. Offer them for sale to your neighbors, relatives, boss and officemates. Sell it in garage. If all becomes favorable, the small venture can be turned to a karenderia, full blown restaurant or a catering service.

If food service is not your type, then venture to a full pledge manufacturing. Prepare preserved goods like, fruit jams, candies, cheese, yogurt, marshmallows, ground coffee and instant teas. Market it to neighbors, relatives, friends and officemates. Join various food exhibits to gain more markets – dealers and retailers. Then move to a new processing plant when the demand volume skyrocketed.

However, there are few things that must be considered. These are mostly for the sake of food safety.

1) It must be clean and well maintained.
2) No rodents, cockroaches and flies. Those are carriers of harmful organisms and other contaminants.
3) Kitchen must be made of easy to clean materials, e.g. ceramic tiles and stainless steel lavatory.
4) The comfort room should not be in close proximity to kitchen. The purpose is to prevent cross contamination.
5) No other persons are allowed to enter the area during the processing operation, except those who are directly involved.
6) Think of countermeasures if a neighbor do a painting job, health officers do fogging to exterminate mosquitoes, somebody burned a truck tire nearby, etc..It might ruin the prepared foods.
7) The necessary permits. Does your area allowed selling of homemade foods? You might need barangay and business permits from the very start.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

Two Kitchens : The Main and the Dirty

How many kitchen do you have? Perhaps most of you have two. Why the hell you need two kitchen in your house? Perhaps you and your better-half are cooking foods separately and eating separately. Ohhh! Sorry for my violent reaction!

I have been observing every houses I have been too. I find it weird seeing two kitchens in a single house. What do I mean two. I walked in the salas then to kitchen. Then there is a small door going to another kitchen. Most often the second is not as pretty as the first. What is the purpose of the other kitchen. You gonna cook in the first kitchen and also cook in the other. Kitchen is for cooking purposes. Why have two if one is enough?

The two kitchens in house is a part of the Filipino traditions. It could also be a be a part of aesthetic. Most of us have two kitchens because we never want our main kitchen to be messy. In other words, we never use the main, we use the second instead. The main should stay clean so it is not embarrassing whenever a visitor arrived.

Another purpose. The dirty kitchen is use for large food preparations, like town fiesta, birthdays and weddings. The main kitchen area is not enough.

I tried googling the term “term dirty kitchen”. All pictures shown are real dirty. Full of mesh. Stains are spread all over. Unwashed kitchen utensils like plates, fork, spoon, knives etc… are not arranged properly. Flies and cockroaches and rodents are seen roaming around. Hmm… the “dirty kitchen ” might be a Filipino invention!

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.