Have you ever wondered where we get our delicious Cannings sauces from? Wonder no more! We had a chat with Sue from Totally Pickled to learn more about her story, her business and her food philosophy.
Totally Pickled is a small local providore run by the unstoppable Sue Clarke, and is responsible for producing much of Cannings’ incredible condiment range. Sue developed her passion for cooking from an early age, guided by her mother: “She was one who did many cooking courses, and then brought it all together by hosting innumerable lunches and dinners, for which I assisted, learnt and developed a great love of the art of cooking.”
Although Totally Pickled is growing from strength to strength, it is still a one person operation, so Sue’s schedule can get pretty full! “As a complete sole operator, at times, I find that my day is often filled with sourcing product, cooking, printing and labelling, and deliveries/markets. But having recently moved close to family, I can now be in easy reach and contact with them all, which keeps me happy.”
Originally Sue just made her delicious homemade jams, relishes and sauces for friends and family, but some things are too good to keep to yourself. She always hoped to one day turn her culinary adventures into a business, but between family commitments and full time work it was difficult for her to make this dream a reality. After 30 years in a very different career, she one day found herself ready for a change – “I now had a chance to develop a “Cottage Industry” where I could finally use my own recipes (many of which are now over 40 years old), and from there called my new business ‘Totally Pickled’. After 3 painstaking months of registration with council, commercial kitchens, pursuing the labels, selecting jars etc, and lots and lots of cooking, my product was ready and weekend markets began.”