Have you ever been curious about what it takes to safely and legally sell your baked goods, jams, jellies, etc.?

When you have bought homemade products do you stop to think whether the items were made in a safe, clean setting and prepared with maximum protections?

Food safety should be your first consideration in preparing food for your family or for your customers.

Before you start to prepare your product to sell, consider these recommendations to make the safest food you can.

The Alabama Cottage Food Law went into effect in 2014 and provides guidance and information for cottage food entrepreneurs. The law states that individuals can produce certain nonhazardous foods in their homes.

As part of the law, individuals who wish to sell these products are required to complete a food safety course designed specifically for the cottage foods industry.

Below are recommendations on safely handling and preparing foods in your home kitchens.

• Start with a clean kitchen – Cleaning Solutions: detergent and warm water make a great cleaning solution. Clean all surfaces before you sanitize.

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