Selling food from home; have you ever wanted to? Well you’re not alone, alot of folks are getting into the business. I am currently applying to get approved so I can sell from my home kitchen.
One main reason I want to sell from my home kitchen is cost.
Opening up a brick and mortar shop cost a lot of money up front without knowing if what your selling is gonna be popular or not.
Making food from home cuts the cost way way down in terms of startup cost and therefore you can sell to the public and test out my idea without breaking the bank.
I found out that States have their own law regarding what you can’t and what you can sell from your home kitchen.
Not every state will allow you to sell food from your home kitchen, so please check your local department of health to see if they allow you to do so.
What I know So far.
Since I reside in California, I’ll use California as an example.
So in California we have whats known as AB 1616, the California Homemade Food Act also known as the Cottage Food Act. It allows certain food to be prepared in the home.
So before I can start selling, I need to apply for a permit first.
There are two types of permits. Class A and Class B.
Class A Allows you to sell directly to consumers only.
You can sell to consumers from:
- your home
- temporary events, bake sales or food swaps
- farm stands and Certified Farmers’ Markets
- Through community-supported agriculture subscription
Class B allows you to sell directly and indirectly to consumers.
So you can sell to consumers from places listed above like a Class A and in addition to permitted:
- grocery/ food market retail
- mobile food facility (food trucks)
Another main difference between Class A and Class B is that Class B requires your home kitchen be inspected yearly by a health agency, where as Class A is just a self checklist that needs to be sent in annually, unless you get a complaint then a physical inspection will be done.
I will probably apply for Class A permit since that mostly applies to me and I have no interest in selling to restaurant or grocery stores.
Here is the current list of food you are allowed to make in your home kitchen.
Keep in mind this list will change year after year as more food items are allowed.
- Baked goods, without cream, custard, or meat fillings, such as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries, and tortillas.
- Candy, such as brittle and toffee.
- Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruits.
- Dried fruit.
- Dried pasta.
- Dry baking mixes.
- Fruit pies, fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales.
- Granola, cereals, and trail mixes.
- Herb blends and dried mole paste.
- Honey and sweet sorghum syrup.
- Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter
- Nut mixes and nut butters.
- Vinegar and mustard.
- Roasted coffee and dried tea.
- Waffle cones and pizelles.
- Cotton candy.
- Candied apples.
- Confections such as salted caramel, fudge, marshmallow bars, chocolate covered marshmallow, nuts, and hard candy, or any combination thereof.
- Buttercream frosting, buttercream icing, buttercream fondant, and gum paste that do not contain eggs, cream, or cream cheese.
- Dried or Dehydrated vegetables.
- Dried vegetarian-based soup mixes.
- Vegetable and potato chips.
- Ground chocolate.
- Seasoning salt.
- Flat icing.
- Marshmallows that do not contain eggs.
- Popcorn balls.
- Dried grain mixes.
- Fried or baked donuts and waffles.
- Dried hot chocolate (dried powdered mixes or molded hardened cocoa pieces).
- Fruit infused vinegar (containing only high-acid fruits such as apple, crabapple, nectarine, peach, plum, quince, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, grape, huckleberry, gooseberry, loganberry, pomegranate, pineapple, raspberry, strawberry, tomatillo, youngberry, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, orange).
- Dried fruit powders.
These are just a snippet about selling food from home, Therefor as you apply for the different permits, you’ll find out more. Contact your local public health agency if your interested in selling food from home.
If you reside in California are are interested in learning more about selling food from home, you can go here.
I’ll keep you posted on my process of obtaining a Class A permit so I can sell from my home kitchen.