What are low-risk cottage foods?
- foods that have been preserved, for example; jams, jellies, fruit preserves
- dry goods, those that contain minimal amounts of moisture, such as; bread, flour, biscuits, dried spice blends,
- acidic foods, for example; pickled foods, vinegar, fruit (Acidified Food Manufacturing School, NC)
- foods with high sugar/fat content for example; candies and chocolates
For example, if you make and sell wedding cakes costing $5 to $12 per slice for a minimum of 75 servings; you’re looking at $375 to $900 to serve those 75 guests.
- The more servings per slice the more money you make.
- Selling 2-3 wedding cakes per month will gross $1125 to $2700. (Could you handle more than 3 weddings per month?)
Example of Cottage Foods
Cottage Foods with high value, and a long shelf-life.
- Candy, such as brittle, toffee and exotic chocolates.
- Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruits.
- Dried fruit.
- Dried pasta.
- Dry baking mixes.
- Granola, cereals, and trail mixes.
- Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter that comply with cottage food standards.
- Vinegar and mustard.
- Roasted coffee and dried tea.
- Dried or Dehydrated vegetables.
- Dried vegetarian-based soup mixes.
- Ground chocolate, or chocolate blends used in cooking and baking.
Take a look at the Learn Before You Leap video to gather insight into cottage food operations.
No one can tell you the best cottage food product to sell. There are too many moving pieces for that to occur. Make what you love and what you have a passion for. If you don’t know what you want to do, visit a few farmers markets and see what others are making. You might walk the International or condiment aisle at the grocery or gourmet shop. You may even want to purchase a few products. Could you may them better? Maybe you don’t want to make a food product. If you’re creative and you want to make something, try it! You don’t have to produce on a large scale. What can you make in your home kitchen? Soap, lotion, dog treats, candles, scented oils the list is endless. You will never know what you like however until you go in the kitchen and try.