Yes they should be allowed. You just want to make sure they are thoroughly baked and don’t have too much moisture that could cause spoilage. If your product is fine to leave at room temperature for 24 hours, then it’s a nonperishable food. Perishable foods should be refrigerated within 2 hours.
From my reading of their guide, I’d say that it’s unlikely that extracts are allowed. There are definitely restrictions on selling most anything that is flavored with alcohol (except candy which can contain 5% or less). However, they don’t clearly state that an extract is prohibited. My guess is that to sell an extract, you’d need a separate…[Read more]
I haven’t seen anything that clearly states that you can’t sell these things from home (although it is pretty clear that you couldn’t sell cut fruit that is covered in chocolate or caramel). Ultimately, it might be up to your local health dept official to decide, based on their interpretation of the law. Marcia, could you let us know where you’re…[Read more]
That’s awesome! An amazing opportunity for sure. Unfortunately you won’t be able to use your home kitchen to produce the cupcakes. But you’re in the fortunate position of having a commercial kitchen at your disposal! Come to an agreement with the restaurant owner, perhaps using the kitchen in off hours. You will need to get a permit from the…[Read more]
Assuming your pudding has dairy and/or eggs in it, no, it would not be allowed under IL’s cottage food law. You’d need to produce it in a commercial kitchen. See the notes below the allowed foods list: https://forrager.com/law/illinois/#food
I’m not familiar enough with the standard of definition for jams and jellies to verify whether your product would be allowed, but if you’d like to dig through the legalese to determine whether your product would be allowed, here it is: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=150
Pam, there was a time a few years back when I wasn’t very active on here. But these days, I’ll make sure that any post receives a reply. I don’t see any forum posts from you where you’ve asked a cottage food question. You did reply to someone about a year ago, and I did respond to that back then. If you have any questions, please let me know!
I will start by saying that I don’t fully know. But based on this page, which states that you can sell non-PHF candy “in individual-sized portions for immediate consumption only”, my guess is that the exemption is only for sales at an event, where the individually-wrapped candy is intended to be consumed immediately after a sale. Naturally that…[Read more]
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 3 months, 3 weeks 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 4 months 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 […]
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