As far as I know, the rules for Hawaii haven’t changed recently. The reason many states don’t allow canned foods is due to botulism concerns, which could potentially be deadly. Canned foods, when properly prepared, are perfectly safe, but their concern is that a home cook might not properly prepare them. I’m not saying that I agree with the…[Read more]
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
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.
Hi Pam, I did a poor job promoting the forums on this site. I’m currently making technical changes that should improve that over time, and make people more aware of them.
To answer this question, probably the best option is to use the Farm Direct Bill, but that requires someone to grow the produce themselves.
Otherwise, I’m not sure if…[Read more]
Adding to what Cottage Oven said, I only add items that I can confirm. If I can’t confirm whether an item is allowed or prohibited, I don’t add it to either list. I list the source info in the Resources section of the page.
If a state’s law specifically says that it only allows baked goods, then I can confirm that anything non-baked is prohibited.
Recently I was asked to briefly describe how COVID-19 has impacted the cottage food industry this year. Here’s what I wrote for that blog post:
“The pandemic has impacted everyone differently, but it has […]
Because it’s not always apparent when things are shelf-stable and when they are not, FL does not allow anything with cream cheese or butter (though butter in something thoroughly baked is allowed).
Regarding the science of it, there are a lot of variables at play. In general, sugar is a stabilizer that will make something more shelf-stable.…[Read more]
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