My certificate arrived in the post. I now have Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2 and I can finally begin to sell my wares to the general public. I know how to store food safely, how to label it properly with the correct allergen information, how to ensure that everything is cooked to the right temperature, chilled to the right temperature. Yes, the course was intensive and so it should be. Baking uses mainly low-risk ingredients but I never want to make a customer, or my family for that matter, ill with food poisoning. This course would actually be a good thing for everyone to do, I was surprised how much I learned.
I feel like I am on the brink of something very exciting, a dream I have held for some time may just come true. To work for myself and make money doing something I am passionate about would be amazing. I have had some preparation to do, my kitchen has been reorganised somewhat into zones, one for preparing raw meat and fish, one for raw fruit and vegetables and one for ready to eat foods. All must be kept scrupulously clean and tidy. I have to keep written records, noting the temperature in the fridge every day, planning a cleaning schedule and making sure my baking supplies are stored in order so that nothing goes out of date. It is a lot of work but I’m hoping that it will all become second nature over time.
The Christmas menu is going up on my website very soon and then I will have to keep my fingers crossed that the orders come in. My business cards have gone into all the local coffee shops, in fact every shop I can talk into displaying them for me, well, you have to be out there don’t you?
Thanks for reading. xx