ST. CLOUD — Do you make the best homemade bread, home canned pickles or cookies? Consider selling your product as a Minnesota Cottage Food producer.

Join University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator Suzanne Driessen at the Keep it Legal! Keep it Safe Cottage Food Producer class in St. Cloud Dec. 7 from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Extension St. Cloud Regional Office

The class meets the Minnesota Department of Agriculture food safety training requirements to register as a Minnesota Cottage Food Producer to sell homemade baked goods, candy, home-canned peaches, pickles, salsa, jam and jellies and more.

The course focuses on food safety practices for all processes covered under the Cottage Food Law including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables, and fermentation. Participants learn how to produce, package, label, store, and transport a safe food product.

Wonder if your product is an allowable non-potentially hazardous food? Bring it along to the class and have it tested to see if it meets exemption requirements under the Cottage Food Law.

Registration and $50 a person class fee are required. To register go to https://extension.umn.edu/courses-and-events/cottage-food-producer-food-safety-training. For more information contact Driessen at driessen@umn.edu or (320) 203-6057.

Suzanne Driessen, Extension food safety educator at the U of M Extension Regional Office in St. Cloud, was the source for this article.

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