Talk with others about the cottage food industry in New York
When processed correctly, hot sauce is perfectly safe. But if best canning practices are not followed, canned goods could potentially be deadly. That’s why homemade acid and acidified foods like hot sauce are not allowed in many states, although the risk is quite low.
Instead, the ag/health dept will require you to use a commercial kitchen and go…[Read more]
I would only recommend crowdfunding or fundraising once you have a sizable customer base and a successful business. Typically, raising money is used to take a business to the next level (commercial kitchen, food truck, brick and mortar, etc). But when starting out, a few hundred dollars (or less) is all you need. Try going back and watching my mini…[Read more]
Hi Johnathan, it’s typical to feel overwhelmed when starting out. I don’t think you need a business partner at this stage.
Try not to get stuck on branding or being worried about something going wrong. Yes, starting a business comes with its challenges, but it’s hard to predict them. Usually the most successful entrepreneurs are those who put…[Read more]
I’m trying to understand things like selling online and identifying my brand but I keep hesitating on going further because I’m worried I’m going to set something up wrong or won’t be able to respond to customers the right way. I just wanna make and sell without worry, but I feel overwhelmed, I have family members, but their level of home-business…[Read more]
Hi Jonathan, I don’t typically recommend getting an LLC unless you are hiring employees that you don’t know well. You will likely need to get FLIP insurance to sell at events and fairs, and that is the lowest cost insurance option I’m aware of.
excited to have a place to ask questions and bounce ideas off fellow NYers. I am from Long Island and live in an incorporated village. Someone told me to double check their rules as well, so I went onto the village website and didn’t see anything. I am afraid to call and ask as that might put me on their radar.
Hello everyone. How are people able to sell cake pops without being dipped in candy melts?
It still floors me that NY doesn’t allow this. I think they are the only one. My guess is that people produce them and the ag dept turns a blind eye to it (if they notice it at all). I really don’t see why using a commercially-produced candy melt would be unsafe in any way. I guess there is some theoretical risk to melted chocolate, but candy…[Read more]
I am a little confused on some of the restrictions for home processing. I have a bread pudding that I make. Is that an item I can sell? It will have raisins in it. I also and not clear about banana pudding since it is not cooked and contains milk/cream.
Anything that requires refrigeration is not allowed. So you cannot sell homemade bread pudding and banana pudding in NY. See this section for more info: https://forrager.com/law/new-york/#food
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