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Yes, it is legal to have a home food business!

Since 2011, Texas has been one of the friendliest states to start a home food or baking business. 


It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.


1. Take your Food Handler's Training ($7.99)

2. Create your required labels.

3. Know what foods you can sell and other basic rules.


Review the full checklist to see how easy it is to start!

Cottage Food Expansion Passes!

SB 572 has been signed by Governor Abbott and will become law on September 1, 2019.  It will improve the Cottage Food Law in 4 major ways:


Allow direct sales anywhere in Texas


Allow any non-potentially hazardous food to be sold


Allow local internet sales


Adds the following foods: canned acidified foods, fermented vegetables, pickled and frozen fruits and vegetables


It will take effect September 1, 2019.


Click here to find out more!

NEW: Canning, Pickling, and Ferments!

Interested in selling acidified canned foods, pickled fruits and veggies, or fermented veggies after September 1? Read all about it here!

Legislature Legalizes Lemonade Stands

Hooray! The 2019 Texas Legislature made sure that no child in Texas can be harassed by a city, police, or an HOA for selling lemonade. Read more.

The law and cream cheese frosting

 


The short answer is yes; with a caveat.  As long as your frosting is non-potentially hazardous, you can use it on your baked goods!  The problem is, it's practically impossible to know if a frosting is potentially hazardous or not, without expensive testing.  


In our inexpensive e-book we've tested 24 recipes and made the results available to you for a tiny fraction of the cost of testing recipes.  You'll find recipes for cream cheese frosting, lemon curd, Swiss meringue buttercream, American buttercream, German chocolate cake filling, and more. You can bake and sell with confidence knowing your products are legally allowed under the cottage food law. 

History

Prior to 2011, in Texas, selling any food from your home kitchen made you an illegal "food establishment" in the eyes of DSHS, even if you operated on a very small scale selling low-risk foods like baked goods.  You could not legally sell homemade food.   

A group of dedicated home bakers changed that in 2011.


SB 81 was signed into law by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011. The law was expanded in 2013 by HB 970 and again in 2019 by SB 572.




Come and Bake It

Two recipe books that every home baker needs! Cream cheese frosting, pumpkin roll, zucchini bread and more!


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