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Resources to Start a Cottage Food Business

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General Info on Cottage Food

 

 

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  1. Cristina Dagdagan

    I’m planning on selling my Adobo Marinade Sauce at Farmer’s Market here in Oceanside. Will that be a taxable or non-taxable item? Also, my Adobo Sauce is canning and does not need refrigeration. Can that be considered under the Cottage Food category?

    1. Cottagefoods

      Canned items are not permitted under the Cottage Food Law but require a special license/permit from the Health Department and must be done in an inspected kitchen. Check with your Farmer’s Market Manager to see what would be required on their part and if they have an opening for you. Food is generally non-taxable in CA unless it is prepared to be consumed on site.

  2. vianey

    I’m planning to make cakes in my home per order for example weddings, quickness etc. Can this be ok and qualified for cottage food license?

    1. Cottagefoods

      Yes, cakes are permitted foods under the cottage food permit; however, you will need to make sure your frostings or icings can be approved, too. Some are permissable, some not. See our post on Frostings

  3. David

    Please ask the webmaster to update this page to either include the words for the acronym CFO or have him please remove CFO.

    I can guess what the acronym stands for yet I can not find the words on this page http://sdcottagefoods.com/resources/.

    Maybe is CFO was changed to CFB (Cottage Food Business) all work be as it should be.

    Thank you,

    David

    1. Cottagefoods

      Thank you. We have defined the term CFO on the page as Cottage Food Operation. Note though that some people also use CFO to mean Cottage Food Operator.

  4. tasty creations

    what about home made salsa and enchalada sauce.
    who can pack it !
    W want to get in in a store

    1. Cottagefoods

      Salsas and sauces are NOT on the CA approved list for Cottage Foods. You would need to rent a commercial kitchen which is licensed for canning.

  5. AURELIO

    Hello, I want to sell Birria de res tacos a Beef stew like Mexican dish I want to sell it at fare booths and also in weddings or birthday parties at the park or customers yard but don’t know how to start . Will it qualify for Cottage food category? if not what what should be my next step. Thanks.

    1. Cottagefoods

      No meat products are on their CA approves cottage food list. Contact your county health department for appropriate permits.

  6. Summer King

    Are Tamales included in the cottage food license? Lumpia, And pancid?

    1. Cottagefoods

      FRUIT tamales are approved, but not lumpia or pancid.

  7. julie aston

    A friend and myself would like to be partners in a cottage food business using my kitchen. You are allowed one “employee” … however is it possible to structure business as 2 equal partners??

    Also, would a Bar that includes nut butters and dried fruit but are not cooked and need to be refrigerated because of nut butters be approved???

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