Having "grown up" with designers around me, I've come to realize the value of prototyping things. At JCI the designers would mock things up, test them and make refinements. K encourages this a lot too. And I've learned from Baum-kuchen how it can easily become a natural part of the handmade/homemade process. It's hard to get things right the very first time - why put that pressure on ourselves?
So we are prototyping products (as demonstrated by K here, testing yet another product - Grandma Wiard's Chili Sauce - used to enhance a dish). This way I can have people test it, give feedback and make refinements before the first "official" small batch is made. I can prototype the prototype in potential recipes to share. But more importantly, if the prototype doesn't suck, I can share it with people that will really, really appreciate it.
We're also into heavy discussions about packaging. Prototyping packaging is very important because I have to live with the product for a while in it's complete state to make sure I love it and it fits the T(o)KC vibe and message.
I can see many dinner table discussions and prototype sessions in our future. Like my friend Wakako said, we'll never run out of things to talk about. I love that!