Cottage Foods - Ingredients

Can pumpkin, sweet potato, and zucchini be used as ingredients for baked goods?
Yes. Pumpkin, sweet potato and zucchini breads can be sold under the Act. Pumpkin or sweet potato pies are not allowed because they require refrigeration to maintain product integrity and safety.

Can whole fresh peppers be used to make pepper jelly?
No. Whole fresh peppers cannot be used to make fruit preserves, jam, or jelly. However, dried spices such as cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper, etc. are allowed to be used to make these products.

Can I add liquor/alcohol to flavor my baked goods, confections and candies?
Yes, as long as they do not contain more than 5% alcohol by weight. The addition of liquor/alcohol should be included in the ingredients list on the product label.  Exceeding this limit would render the product ineligible to be sold under the Cottage Foods Act and subject it to the liquor laws and regulations enforced by the Colorado Department of Revenue

Can baked goods contain meat?
No. Baked goods that contain meat such as bacon are not allowed to be sold under the law.

Can raw agricultural commodities such as honey, vegetables, and fruits from a local farmer or bee keeper be used to prepare cottage foods ?
Yes. Fruits and vegetables with minimal post-harvest processing to remove dirt, debris or dead leaves, and unprocessed honey can be used to make cottage food products.

Is flour considered a raw agricultural commodity?
No. The grain used to make the flour would be considered a raw agricultural product.

Can I use hemp in my cottage food products?
Hemp seeds and oil from hemp seeds from approved industrial hemp (IH) manufacturers can be used. The use of other parts of the IH plant including oil produced from this material cannot be used. The rational is the other parts of the plant contain both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the seeds do not. Products that contain CBD or THC are not allowed products under the Cottage Foods Act.

Only registered and inspected food IH manufacturers are allowed to produce food products containing CBD.  For more information about industrial hemp visit our Manufactured Foods Resources page.

Can I sell low sugar fruit butter, preserves, jams, and jellies under the Act?
No. Standardized recipes for these products use sugar. When sugar is added to a product a high sugar environment is created which provides for protection and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners are not allowed for use in the production of cottage foods because they create a low sugar environment thus allowing the growth of harmful bacteria.