Can I Sell What I Bake?

This is a question many home cookie businesses ask themselves.

I can’t stress enough, the importance of checking your state laws to find out if you are legally allowed to sell what you bake in your own home.

There are many small and “unnoticed” businesses out there that bake/cook illegally out of a home kitchen. You need to ask yourself if this is a risk you are willing to take with your business. Fortunately, many states have passed cottage food laws that make it much easier to start a home-based cookie operation legally.

DO NOT assume that because you know of some person baking/cooking and selling out of their own kitchen that it must be okay for you to do the same. Please check with your state health department to be sure. You don’t want to put all your hard work and effort into a business that gets closed down because you did not do your homework.

Denay Davis has the most up-to-date information on home-based baking laws. Check out her site for information about cottage food law states.

Happy Baking!

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