Making food in your home as a sustainable livelihood

Since we began writing about home businesses and fielded many questions about making food in your home, most states have come to allow preparing food for sale in your home kitchen. This month California joined 32 other states in allowing people to prepare food for sale in their homes under a number of condition that include registering with your county health department, getting a permit from your county health department, attending a class and passing an exam labeling all food products, and adhering to sanitary procedures.

There’s a growing market for locally grown and prepared food. A new report from Technomic’s Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report indicates an increase in the number of people who eat local, organic, and sustainable foods at least once a week. Examples of the kinds of venues where you can sell food include Certified farmers’ markets, Farm stand Public and private school cafeterias, restricted food service facilities, licensed health care facilities, commissaries. mobile food facilities. mobile support units temporary food facilities,and vending machines.

Examples of the kinds of foods that can be made for sale at home include:

  •  (1)  Baked goods without cream, custard, or meat fillings, such
  • as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries, and tortillas.
  • (2)  Candy, such as brittle and toffee.
  • (3)  Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruit.
  • (4)  Dried fruit.
  • (5) Dried pasta.
  • (6) Dry baking mixes.
  • (7) Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales.
  • (8) Granola, cereals, and trail mixes.
  • (9) Herb blends and dried mole paste.
  • (10)  Honey and sweet sorghum syrup.
  • (11)  Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter that comply with the standard described in Part 150 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • (12)  Nut mixes and nut butters.
  • (13)  Popcorn.
  • (14) Vinegar and mustard.
  • (15)  Roasted coffee and dried tea.
  • (16) Waffle cones and pizelles.

Other foods may be prepared in addition to those on this in addition to those on this list so long as they are non-hazardous and meet the standards.

Preparing and selling food made in your home offers advantages both for ways to earn a livelihood for individuals and families and it’s a benefit to the community and consumers.

For more information details on the law, read the statute before you take a class.

For an initial free consultation to explore this or another sustainable livelihood that bests suits your personality and your community, contact us.

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questions, please contact me directly for a consulting appointment.

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