It all started with a blackberry jam about four years ago...
As a buyer for a prominent food ingredient distributor, I see a fair amount of product come through my hands with samples galore. About three years ago, while evaluating a frozen fruit supplier, I asked for a sample of their frozen blackberries expecting to get a pound or so shipped to my attention. What showed up at my doorstep was a 50 lb box with more than I knew what to do with or store for an extended period of time. Without wanting the fruit to go to waste, I quickly jumped on the internet to find ideas. I settled on a jam recipe and went to work making my first batch. Three years and many batch/flavor combinations passed along to a trusted panel of taste testers made up of family, friends and friends of friends later, I'm proud to bring you the Small Batch Jam Co.
Being in the food industry, I am no stranger to food safety regulations. Although the CA Cottage Food Permit would have been a safe place to start, I wanted to reach a broader customer base than what this permit allowed. The Small Batch Jam Co. is an FDA registered sole proprietorship in the city of Pacifica, CA operating out of a licensed and permitted commercial kitchen certified by the San Mateo County Health System and audited by food inspectors at regular intervals. In order to operate in the commercial kitchen, I hold my Food Safety Managers Certificate along with a food liability insurance plan that I hope to never need. Your safety is my utmost concern.
"Our promise to you is that our small batches of all natural, hand-made fruit preserves are made with the highest quality ingredients sourced from fresh fruit stands, farmers markets and hardworking growers while using the same home-style cooking and canning techniques that your grandma used. But don't worry, we won't tell her you like ours better... Enjoy!!"