Does anyone know what the Lil Orbits machines cost new? I visited the site and sent for information, but they want to arrange a sales call. I’m just at the dream stage for early retirement next year and looking into several small business opportunities and I’m not ready to talk business yet.
I think the setup requirements at a fair or festival would be the same for donuts as it is for funnel cakes. The oil has to have a minimum temprature and the batter is kept cold until used. One guy and his wife setup by us at a festival and their setup was very minimal. The only to watch out for is the hot oil!! They said theirs was kept around 375 if I remember right.
Okay, this is way off-topic, and has nothing to do with starting a shop, … but – I am a Cub Scout den leader. We had our last den meeting Friday night. We met as Tigers, Bears, Wolfs, Webelos I and now are Webelos II. The guys crossover the first weekend in March, then no more cub scouts.
For our last meeting, we made old-fashioned donuts. Since parents were there, we put a dutch oven on an outside campstove, popped in oil and heated it to 365 degrees. Each scout (with help of parents) popped two donuts in the oil. I flipped them over, popped them out and put them on paper towels.
The scouts topped them – I made a chocolate icing (butter, cocoa, milk, confectioners sugar), and a strawberry icing (chopped fresh strawberries, butter, very light on the sugar). Also brought confectioners sugar in a plastic bag, and some cinnamon/sugar mix. And sprinkles. Gotta have sprinkles.
The scouts loved it. Had a couple 10 year old kids measuring, mixing, cooking and topping. They decided they should make donuts for their next fund raiser, instead of selling popcorn, lol. We might make some for the Pinewood derby, haven’t decided yet. Oh, yeah – no two donuts looked alike. We used a goofy little dropper/dispenser thing – but there seems to be a lot more to making consistent donuts.
So: maybe a donut shop with toppings in small containers, and people that are served inside can decorate their own? Or if I did a fair, maybe a propane stove and a dutch oven would be it for equipment. It certainly worked outdoors at a den meeting.
Sorry about that chief! I was half asleep at the wheel and only half a day away when I posted this morning. Try: http://www.voodoodoughnut.com The place is a hoot and "must go" the next time you’re in Portland.
THE ANNUAL C*CKFEST
Hey boys!! How many doughnuts can you stack on your d**k?? Enter the Annual C*ckfest to find out. This event takes place once a year in the springtime, so you have plenty of tme to practice.
I can’t believe they advertise and do such a thing. Thats a little, ummm, wrong……
I understand your way of thinking, I actually did exactly the same. I am an automotive engineer in the netherlands but decided to make a living by making/selling donuts in uzbekistan ( of all places!)
I bought some secondhand lil orbits donut machines together with vending carts incooperating ventilation (check their website)
I cannot buy the usual "add water only instant donut mixes" here so I am now experimanting with making the mix myself.
I have varied results, the biggest problem I see is that they all taste like what we in holland call oliebollen but not like a donut like you buy from dunking donuts. This is probably because they sell raised donuts and my machines uses cake donut recipes.
if you are interested in a such a machine you can look on ebay, many second hand lil orbit units are offered there, starting from a few hundred dollars.
As you know, you only have one life so you better do something thats interesting for you and succes will come (at least I hope so!)
Pat T Hat
I think they are medicinal to begin with.[;)]
They’d have to be. They make me feel better all the time[:)]!
You just have to be careful not to over medicate.
That’s why I never have had more than ten out of a dozen[:I].
(Just in case I might need one to be tested and the other for a control study[;)])
I think they are medicinal to begin with.[;)]
I think the world needs medicated doughnuts!
That is the place I mentioned in my post.
Bacon topped doughnuts…. Froot Loop doughnuts.. all kinds of oddities.
They said their Pepto Bismal topped ones got the attention of the FDA and had to stop making them as they cant put "medicine" on their product. They also had a Nyquil topped one that the kabosh was put on.
LOL What kind of web site is that anyway? Voodoo spells, dolls, haitian spells? Plus starting a Donut Shop….
most donut shops in my area are owned and run by Asians- and they are labor intensive operations- open to the public at 6:00AM which means you arrive at work between 2 & 3 AM- but thay all close by noon.
And some do not jy=ust donuts but kolaches, egg tacos and all sorts of bear claws and sweet rolls.
I was thinking more along the lines of a bakery as opposed to a doughnut "shop"…
Maybe even more like a small breakfast lunch type of place, that emphasizes on baked goods type of products.
It is just thoughts out loud here, but this area certainly can use something like that.
I dont think one is enough for this growing area.
Just thoughts now. Nothing really that I can financialy even begin to dream of.
No donut shop? Horrors!
I have been trying different recipes at home, using trans-fat free Crisco (I’ve read it really does have trans-fats, just in a lower amount so it "gets by"). Also tried butter. Tried cooking in Canola and Vegetable oil. Need to try different things.
I will try to find a bakery to work with on weekends, or at least ratchet up cooking and donating. Working in a bakery would give me a feel for it, but making them at home and donating would allow me to keep my "real" job.
Y’all missed Strawberry Cake donuts this weekend with Strawberry icing. (real strawberries). They went over well, but could be better. I’ll be on the lookout for Rhubarb. Want to try strawberry/rhubard donuts next.
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