Minnesota Cottage Foods Academy
Cottage Foods Tier 1 Training, Test, Application
This 2-hour training is offered monthly year-round. It covers the legal requirements; food safety issues; completing the required MDA training, test, and submitting your application.
Safety Extension Educator, Amy Johnston
Resources for cottage food producers
FOOD SAFETY SECTION
Register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Go here to register with the MDA. This is the same link you use to renew your cottage foods producers registration every year.
By law, your CFP registration is valid in 30 days or less if submitted correctly to MDA.
Your certificate will be mailed; you can also look for your registration on MDA's 'license lookup' webpage.
Testing Your Foods
The cottage foods law, M.S. 28A.152, requires that you sell cottage foods that meet two parameters of 4.6 or below for pH; or .85 or below for water activity. When you use the 'tested & approved' recipes mentioned in our Master Non-Potentially Hazardous Foods Guidance List, you do not need to test your cottage foods for either pH or water activity.
But if you're experimenting with recipes or want to attempt any of the recipes in the "Exceptions" column in the guidance list, here are some options for you to learn how to test for both pH and water activity. Click either topic below for suggestions on the testing meters that work adequately, as well videos and step-by-step instructions on how to use the meters and record your results.