Have you ever been to a friend's place or a relative's home and enjoyed something they made? Maybe it was a cake or cookies. It might have been a certain candy or even a pie. Did you find yourself saying "You should sell this?" There are things you can sell from your home kitchen, but there are laws that you need to follow.

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North Dakota cottage food laws are some of the best in the country. From your home kitchen business, you can make things like frozen dough, cobbler, cream-stuffed desserts, meals, and much more. You can sell all types of non-perishable foods, plus perishable baked goods, frozen produce, and even raw poultry. There is no sales limit, and the health department does not require any license, inspection, or training.

If you're remotely curious as to what you can sell, here is a list from Cottage Food Laws.

BREAD

  • Bagels
  • Biscuits
  • Breads
  • Brownies
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Doughnuts
  • Muffins
  • Pizzelles
  • Rolls
  • Scones
  • Sweet breads
  • Tortillas

Candy

  • Baked candy
  • Brittles
  • Chocolate
  • Cotton candy
  • Fudge

Condiments

  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Nut butters
  • Oils
  • Pickles
  • Salsas
  • Sauces
  • Vinegars

Dry goods

  • Cereals
  • Coffee beans
  • Dried fruit
  • Dried vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Mixes
  • Pasta noodles
  • Spices & Seasonings
  • Tea leaves

Pastries

  • Cones
  • Empanadas
  • Other Pastries
  • Pies

Snacks

  • Caramel corn
  • Chocolate-covered items
  • Crackers & Pretzels
  • Fruit leathers
  • Granola
  • Kettle corn
  • Marshmallows
  • Nuts & seeds
  • Popcorn
  • Popcorn balls

Preserves

  • Fruit butter
  • Jams & jellies and preserves that comply with the standard described in part 150 of Title 21 of the code of Federal Regulations: CLICK HERE
  • Marmalades

If your food item is in question and not listed above, you can reach out and see if your food would be allowed under the new laws:

ND DEPT OF HEALTH – COTTAGE FOOD

701-328-2372

There are some food safety recommendations you need to follow, and you do have to some labeling guidelines as well. Click here for those details.

WHERE CAN I SELL MY COTTAGE FOOD PRODUCTS?

Events
Farmers markets
Home
Roadside stands
Delivery
Pickup

I should at least throw it out there that I will be the first to volunteer to taste-test your products. Bring it on!

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