Looking for Iowa Commercial Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Licensed Kitchens, Shared Kitchens - Places to make foods to sell in 2022? Scroll down this page and follow the links. And if you bring home some fruit or vegetables and want to can, freeze, make jam, salsa or pickles, see this page for simple, reliable, illustrated canning, freezing or preserving directions. There are plenty of other related resources, click on the resources dropdown above. If you are having a hard time finding canning lids, I've used these, and they're a great price & ship in 2 days.
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 Iowa,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 Iowa
Many commercial kitchens have closed, either temporarily, or permanently due to COVID-19. If you have an update about a kitchen, please click here to write me!
If you are have a licensed kitchen wishing to be added to this list, add your information here.
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.
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.
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.
Above is the
2020 version of
the Ball Blue Book