The only way to legally sell meat empanadas is to use a commercial kitchen and get licensed with the health dept. Most likely you would rent someone else’s at an hourly rate. Here’s some more info about finding a commercial kitchen: https://forrager.com/faq/#commercial-kitchen
David Crabill commented on the post, 2021 Recap: A Record Year for the Cottage Food Industry 6 days, 4 hours ago
Not yet, but that is something I am trying to create this year. For the shipping and sales limit, this document (current as of Spring 2021) might help. As for the labels, I’m starting to document that behind the […]
I’m not aware of a restriction against buttercream in Michigan. I just re-checked the ag dept’s official page and don’t see anything there prohibiting it. It’s correct that you can’t use cream cheese in frosting. If you could point me to where you’re seeing that buttercream is disallowed, that would be helpful. If it were in-fact not allowed, then…[Read more]
David Crabill commented on the post, California’s New Homemade Food Law Comes With A Nasty Surprise 2 weeks ago
Well, I was wrong about Alameda! Ironically they are now one of a handful of counties that allow this law. But that is only because county officials ignored the recommendations of their health officials, and […]
Hi Trina, glad to hear that you are interested in improving the law! I’m not surprised that IJ wouldn’t pick up your initiative at this point, as they usually meet each summer to discuss their plans for the […]
WOW… what a year it has been for our growing cottage food industry!
As I wrote about last year, the pandemic really highlighted the need for people to be able to sell their homemade food.
And in 2021, s […]
I don’t think the method of canning matters so much. The main thing is making sure that the pH is at 4.6 or below. There are 3 methods for ensuring the pH, and you must use one of them. There are some other requirements for acidified foods, like including the batch number and date on the label. I’d recommend reading through all of the info on the…[Read more]
There is still the $1k limit if your county allows home kitchen operations and you’re selling outside of a farmers market. But as you mentioned, the law is changing and this limit is going away in 2022. If it were me, I’d probably fly under the radar for the next couple of months instead of going through the time and expense of setting up a…[Read more]
Yes, hot sauces would be considered an acidified food, and as long as yours stays below a 4.6 pH, then you should be able to sell it with VA’s basic exemption. No inspection needed, but you may need a general business license. You can ask around at the farmers market to see if vendors needed anything else to sell from home, or the farmers market…[Read more]
Last week, on September 16th, 2021, California’s governor signed AB 1144, a cottage food bill that will improve California’s cottage food law.
It is the last of 17 cottage food initiatives that have passed in […]
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