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

Connecticut 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. If you would rather have a company make and package the food product for you, see this list of copackers in Connecticut

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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.

  • Boxford Bakehouse -
    31 Center St, Middleborough, MA 02346. Email: [email protected]. Ask for Joe Cooney
    Offer shared use kitchen services. Specialize in dry goods and baked goods. Also a certified organic facility. In addition, offer recipe and process development/refinement, test batch production and analysis, shelf life testing coordination, inventory management and label/packaging design.
  • CitySeed Commercial Kitchen and Kitchen Incubator -
    817 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06511. Phone: 203-773-3736. CitySeed hosts community-based cooking classes, Sanctuary Kitchen events, and other culinary events in our commercial kitchen at 817 Grand Avenue. We also support small food business incubation in New Haven by providing licensed food preparation space for local food entrepreneurs. CitySeed's kitchen is a certified commercial kitchen, approved for food preparation for public consumption or sale, and built in a residential/commercial design within CitySeed's loft style office space. The 300 square foot kitchen features three large wooden islands on locking casters, providing flexibility for a variety of food preparation and instructional needs. The kitchen is best suited for baking, light stove-top cooking or other food preparation that does not create a lot of smoke or grease, as the kitchen does not contain a commercial grade hood fan or grease trap. Canning, ingredient preparation for a food truck and baking are all well-suited to this kitchen, in addition to conducting cooking classes and hosting food-based events. The space accommodates 12-15 participants for hands-on cooking classes and 20-25 attendees for cooking demonstrations. Our dining table seats up to 10 people.
    CitySeed operates three shared-used commercial kitchen spaces at 817 Grand Avenue, 57 Olive Street, and 520 Whalley Avenue in New Haven.
    Please note prices are from January 2020 and that a $100 security deposit is required to cover any potential damage. Business incubation hours must include set-up and clean-up time. Thorough clean-up is required after each use. 1-10 hours per month $22/hour
    11-30 hours per month $20/hour
    31-60 hours per month $18/hour
    60+ hours per month $16/hour
    Dry shelf $25/month
    Fridge shelf $45/month
    Freezer shelf $55/month.
  • CLICK Willimantic - commercial kitchen
    41 Club Rd, Windham, CT 06280. Phone: (860) 786-7907. Email: [email protected]. Our kitchens are professionally designed, fully equipped, and commercially licensed, perfect for food entrepreneurs ready to level up their businesses without taking on the risk of building their own facility.  The walk-in freezer and refrigerator storage areas are just steps away from the kitchens, reducing spoilage and waste. The kitchen areas are locked securely, accessible only to members, and sanitized by members after each use, reducing the chances of contamination and illness. The large prep area and additional locked storage closets allow our members to scale up their production and increase their profit margins. Not to mention, our kitchens come with a great community with an incredible wealth of shared knowledge. Give your business its best possible chance of success!
    Full Kitchen, Teaching Kitchen, Prep Area, Bakery, Confectionery Room, Freezer, Walk-In Refrigerator, Meat Refrigerator, Dry Storage. COMMUNITY & EVENTS VENUE: Teaching Kitchen, Community Space, Garden.
  • Commonwealth Kitchen (CWK) -  
    Dorchester, CT. Phone: 617-522-7900, Ask for Ismail Samad. Email: [email protected].
    Processing Specialties: (1) Sauces and Purees, packed into 8oz-32oz glass jars or 1-gallon bags, and (2) Frozen, ready-to cook portioned products such as cookie pucks.
    Equipment: Two 100 gallon steam jacketed kettles, 140 qt mixer, Kook-E-King Dough Depositor, 3-rack Blast Freezer, 40qt robot coupe, Hot-filler and Unifiller, 1-gallon Bag Filler, 40 gallon tilt skillet, Combitherm® oven.
  • Dartmouth Grange -
    Dartmouth, CT. Phone: 508-636-1900. Email: [email protected].
  • Kitchen Local -
    Amesbury, CT. Phone: 978-204-3197. Email: [email protected].
  • SEEK Rental Kitchen -
    768 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06601. Phone: (203) 334 1121 (Ex.15). Email: [email protected]. Certified Kitchen for Food Entrepreneurs to Rent by the Hour and Build Their Business
  • Stock Pot -
    Malden, CT. Phone: 781-605-1426. Email: [email protected].
  • Western Mass Food Processing Center -  
    Greenfield, CT.  Phone: (413) 774-7204. Ask for Liz Buxton. Email: [email protected]. Or Joanna Benoit at Email: [email protected].
    The Western Mass Food Processing Center's mission is to promote economic development through entrepreneurship, provide opportunities for sustaining local agriculture, and promote best practices for food producers. A 2,000 square foot shared use space with onsite freezer, cooler, and dry storage. Technical assistance, business planning, and in house lending also available. We are FDA inspected and organic. 350 gallon batch capacity, IQF, storage for rent, co-packing and rental, scale up and product development support.
  • Other Resources

    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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