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Cottage food resource hub

Find links and recommended resources to assist or grow your cottage food business.

Some links contain recipes for items that are not allowed under Minnesota’s cottage food licensing exemption. For instance, the pie making link has recipes for meat pies and empanadas and the link to Mrs. Wages has directions on how to can meat.

Here is a list of food items (601 K PDF) that are allowed and not allowed under the exemption.

preparing food

Tool: Canning & pH testing record (83 K PDF)

A template for cottage food producers to verify and document pH of home-canned products.



Candy and confections

Food preservation recipe resources


Food preservation internet sites - general

Preserved products


Dried, dehydrated and roasted products

Fermented products


Jams, jellies, preserves and fruit butters

Pickled products




Food product sampling

General cottage food community resources

Social media

Registration and product questions

Compiled by Suzanne Driessen, University of Minnesota Extension food safety educator, August 30, 2016.

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