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

Baked Goods
Baked Goods
PDF
Candies & Confections
Candies & Confections
PDF
Dehydrated Produce
Dehydrated Produce
PDF
flour
Flour
PDF
honey
Honey
PDF
Jams, Jellies, Preserves, and Fruit Butters
Jams, Jellies,
Preserves, and Fruit Butters

PDF
coffee beans
Nuts and Seeds
PDF
tea
Teas, Herbs, and Spices
PDF
Fruit Empanadas and Tortillas
Fruit Empanadas
and Tortillas

PDF

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

Upcoming Trainings:

Other food safety trainings offered by CSU Extension:

Cottage Food Resources