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Ontario, Canada Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens, Shared Kitchens - Places to make foods to sell

Ontario, Canada Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens, Shared Kitchens -
Places to make foods to sell!

A licensed kitchen is an inspected, registered commercial kitchen where foods intended for sale can be safely made, in accordance with laws and regulations. While many states allow some low-risk foods to be made at home and sold in smaller quantities, many foods intended for sale can only be made in a licensed kitchen. If you want to make and sell your home-made preserves, salsa, spaghetti sauce, refrigerated foods or whatever, you will need a licensed kitchen to prepare and can the food. many licensed kitchens open their doors at low cost to local food entrepreneurs.

There are many lists of commercial kitchen in Ontario, Canada,online, but the list below is the ONLY one with complete contact information and links to their websites, and all in one place. If you would rather have a company make and package the food product for you, see this list of copackers in Ontario, Canada

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Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens and Shared Kitchens

Note: You may find it is required by your state take the ServSafe® training classes for Manager and employees. It certainly is advisable, in any case. You can get the ServSafe® Handbook that accompanies the course here.

  • Canotek Kitchen -
    5370 Canotek Rd Unit 1, Ottawa, ON K1J 9E6. Phone: (873) 353-5073. Email: [email protected]. Ottawa's largest rental shared kitchen! A full service kitchen optimized for multiple operators means there's something for every restaurant type.
  • Commis Culinary Work Space -
    18 Secord Drive, St. Catharines, ON L2N 1K8. Phone: (905) 324-7357. Email: [email protected]. Commis is a fully-loaded professional galley gives local chefs and food entrepreneurs a space to grow their business. We offer clean, affordable work space for chefs and food entrepreneurs who are looking to start or scale their business, without chewing up all their capital. Whether you just need to do some recipe testing, cater an event, or book regular time to do your prep, we have an option to suit your business.
  • Palgrave United Community Kitchen -
    Located within Palgrave United Church, 34 Pine Avenue, Palgrave, ON L7E 0L9. Phone: 905-880-0303. Email: [email protected]. Palgrave Community Kitchen is a Peel Health certified kitchen available for rent by groups, clubs and individuals. The kitchen comes equipped with all the necessities for cooking and baking! Some of the items include pots, pans, baking trays, measuring cups & utensils, coffee makers, stoves, ovens, industrial dishwasher, industrial sinks, large bowls, scissors, cutting boards, large knives, utensils, etc.Rental fees (as of 1/2021):
    $25 per hour $175 daily (8 hour maximum)
    $15 an hour (each hour after 8 hrs - same day) Example - Kitchen Rental 9 am to 9 pm same day $175 + $60 = $235
  • The Cauldron Kitchen -
    1155 Lola Street, Unit 7, Ottawa, ON, K1K 4C1. Phone: 613-796-7277. Email: [email protected].. Open: Lunch: 11:30 am - 1 pm, Kitchen Rental: 24 h / 7 days. The Cauldron Kitchen is a shared commercial kitchen available for rent by the hour.  2021 prices: Main Kitchen rate $30 per hour - 6 gas burner stove, gas convection oven, gas steam oven, 20 lbs deep fryer. Baking Centre rate $30 per hour - double stacked electric convection oven, lots of table space. Prep Space rate $20 per hour - tables and blast chiller. NEW - Pop-Up Retail Space rate $15 per hour - A small street side window space for curbside pickup retail. (Cauldron clients get a $10 per hour rate)
  • The Kitchen Collective -
    811 King Street, East Hamilton, ON, Canada L8M 1A8. Phone: 289-309-6410. Email: [email protected]. This is a new non-profit, affordable commercial kitchen and culinary incubator designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs a boost in the industry as well as a collaborative space in which to launch their business and learn from each other. As a co-operative, the Collective is owned and operated by its members, ensuring that the services provided are always in line with the needs of the membership.
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    If you still can't find a suitable kitchen, you may need a co-packers.  Co-packers manufacture and package foods for other companies - and small food businesses - to sell.   See this list of co-packers in your area.


    Where can I find more information about canning?

    For more than 250 specific, simple recipes with step-by-step directions and photos; and general information on canning and food preservation, see this page.

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