Cottage Foods Preparation
Colorado Cottage Foods
In 2012, the Colorado Legislature enacted Senate Bill 12-048 allowing individuals to produce, sell and store certain types of "cottage food" products in an unlicensed home kitchen. The Colorado Cottage Foods Act allows individuals to make and sell a limited range of foods that are non-potentially hazardous and that do not require refrigeration. These foods are limited to spices, teas, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour, and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas, and tortillas.
Colorado Cottage Foods Product Information Sheets
Candies & Confections
Preserves, and Fruit Butters
Nuts and Seeds
Teas, Herbs, and Spices
Food Safety for Colorado Cottage Foods Producers
Offered by Colorado State University Extension, this new training program covers the specifics of the Colorado Cottage Food Act and how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen. Length: 2.5 to 3 hours; 3-year certificate.
Participants will learn:
- Basic food safety– including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales
- Foods permissible in Colorado’s Cottage Food Act
- Ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements
- Special considerations for food preparation at altitude
- Resources for going further
Other food safety trainings offered by CSU Extension:
- Online-Cottage Foods Training in a non-credit, 3-week, 9 contact-hour, on-line course offered by Colorado State University Online Plus. http://www.online.colostate.edu/certificates/cottage-foods-training/
- Online-Developing a Safe Food Business Certificate is a non-credit, 8-week, 16 contact-hour, online course offered by Colorado State University Online Plus. http://www.online.colostate.edu/certificates/food-safety/
- ServSafe® ; Manager Certification. Face-to-face trainings and/or proctoring of certification exam. 5-year certificate. Refer to County Extension contact list.
Cottage Food Resources