For anyone looking to start homebaking that has a private well for water, you will need to get your water tested for coliform. The state websites will take you in a big circle as far as who to contact, how to proceed, etc.
I finally got someone from the Department of Agriculture to send me a few links to certified labs, I emailed them, then…[Read more]
Hi! I am a little confused. I recently was approved as a home processed in NYs. I Clearly described when applying that my cookies are “custom” with royal icing using meringue powder-and again I was approved. But reading the information available here it says customs cookies are not allowed???? Any info. /feedback Is greatly appreciated!
Hi Candice, NY’s laws have expanded and changed a lot recently, even since the pandemic. The cottage food industry has seen tremendous growth in NY in the past year, much more than any other state. I still need to update Forrager with the changes. It sounds like everything was listed clearly on your application and you were approved, so you should…[Read more]
I really appreciate your response and the clarification. Thank you so much!!!
Hi, I am looking into shipping peanut brittle and found that shipping charges to be quite expensive (almost more than the product itself. lol) via USPS priority service. If you ship your product, what method do you use? do you like it? Any receommedations? Thank you.
I’ve shipped my fudge and I do use USPS flat rate boxes. I don’t do this as part of my business, since CA doesn’t allow shipping, so my experience is limited and I haven’t tried to optimize the process much. However, I think it’s probably the ideal solution for me since my fudge is heavy and is also a fairly high-value item. Your brittle is so…[Read more]
Hi again, thank you for the reply and my question about nut flours in cakes.
In the prohibitive food section of NY State, “Any products containing raw nuts” is listed. Nut flours that I purchase have been ground/processed by commercial suppliers and then are mixed into my batters without any further processing/roasting etc. The cakes are baked…[Read more]
If I wanted to do prepared dinners, is this allowed in a cottage kitchen?
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