Talk with others about the cottage food industry in Wisconsin
I’m trying to reconcile what DATCP is telling me with the way I’m reading the WI Cottage Food law with respect to selling dehydrated/minced onions and garlic powder (all grown at home) at a local farmers market. I’m getting conflicting information.
So excited to get started! I was wondering if confectioner’s sugar and milk glaze is considered something that needs to be refrigerated? Also, I see that you can’t make focaccia-style bread, but I don’t understand why. Is it the ingredients? or the way you make it? I just don’t want to make a mistake.
Powdered sugar with a little bit of milk should not spoil since the sugar stabilizes the mixture. If you spread the glaze thinly, allowing water to evaporate, it will make it even more shelf stable.
As far as focaccia, that restriction is only for bread topped with vegetables or cheese and then baked. It’s recommended to refrigerate that type of…[Read more]
Thank you David! I have really appreciated your videos. I am currently in my giveaway launch on a Facebook group. Half a Loaf 4 U. I am hoping to sell mini-breads. I have cinnamon sugar, banana chocolate chip and lemon blueberry. Would love for you to take a look at the site and give me any feedback. Amy Joannes
What is the link to your website?
What are the rules for hot chocolate bombs and chocolate covered cherries? I’m concerned about a Seller’s Chronic health issue (coughing) contaminating her products.
Someone would need to use a commercial kitchen to legally sell those in WI, but it’s exceedingly common for people not to. If you’re wondering how to deal with that seller, this is what I usually suggest: https://forrager.com/faq/#illegal
What are the rules on flavored honey (not cooked) and homemade vanilla? I cannot find these anywhere.
The lawsuit exemption only covers baked goods. The pickle bill only covers canned goods. Most states have some kind of exemption for selling honey, but that might not apply to flavored honey. I’d recommend contacting the ag dept about that. As for vanilla, you’ll likely need to produce that in a commercial kitchen in order to sell it legally.
Dina, Wisconsin still doesn’t allow homemade baked goods to be sold. Aside from finding and going to a commercial kitchen, I think your options are a) building a commercial kitchen in your home, or b) donating your baked goods.
If you are taking a commercially-produced food item and altering it in any way, you are then processing it, which must be done in a commercial kitchen. You can resell some types of commercially-prepackaged items without needing a commercial kitchen, but that doesn’t sound like it would apply in this case. http://forrager.com/faq/#commercial
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