How to Start a Dry Mix Dip and Spice Business

by Sharon Guy; Updated September 26, 2017
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Dried herbs and spices can transform ordinary dishes. If you know how to grow herbs and spices and enjoy creating recipes, you can start your own business selling dried dip mixes, herbs and spices. Your business can be run from your home with a minimal amount of equipment. Herbs, spices and dip mixes can be sold to local customers or from a website. You can sell individual packages or in bulk. Have fun creating your own special flavors and blends.

Items you will need

  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Microwave
  • Food dehydrator
  • Small jars
  • Plastic bags
  • Labels

Growing Herbs and Spices

Step 1

Find out which herbs grow well in your area so you can produce large quantities. Some herbs and spices can be grown indoors in a well-lit, screened area. Start seedlings inside, and transfer them to the garden when the growing season begins.

Step 2

Decide whether you want your herbs to be organic. Pests can be a problem, depending on where you live.

Step 3

Look for pesticides and fungicides that are considered safe for plants that will be consumed. Read labels carefully.

Drying Herbs and Spices

Step 1

Pick fully grown plants, including any flowers or seeds; tie them in bundles with a string; and hang them inside to dry. Leave them to dry until all of the moisture has evaporated.

Step 2

Use a microwave to dry small quantities of herbs quickly.

Step 3

Purchase a food dehydrator to dry larger quantities. Herbs and spices can be dried quickly in a dehydrator, where you can control the temperature and air circulation for the best results.

Packaging Herbs and Spices

Step 1

Package your dried herbs and mixes in jars or plastic packages. Make small packages for retail customers, and larger packages for wholesale customers.

Step 2

Print labels with an attractive business logo and titles of the products. Label the dried mixtures, listing individual ingredients and any special directions.

Step 3

Include recipes and cooking tips for your herb and spice packages and dried dip mixes.

Marketing Your Business

Step 1

Figure out where your customers are and how to reach them. Consider working as a wholesaler with local gift shops, specialty food stores, and restaurants.

Step 2

Create a strong, attractive website to reach retail and wholesale customers in other areas. Create videos about herbs and spices on YouTube to attract customers to your website.

Step 3

Become a reliable source for your customers to ensure your success.

Tips

  • Don’t dry herbs in the sun, because they can lose their flavor and color. Herbs and spices dry naturally when exposed to warm, dry air. Organically grown herbs can be sold for higher prices.

About the Author

Sharon Guy is a freelance writer and attorney. She has been writing for law firms, businesses and nonprofit organizations since 2000. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Quinnipiac University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in fine art from Bard College.

Photo Credits

  • lovage herb image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com