Cottage foods and food preservation classes announced


Have you ever wanted to make food to sell to people but don’t have a commercial kitchen? Or maybe you want to sell food at the Farmers Market but don’t know where to start? Then the upcoming Cottage Foods Class offered by CSU Extension is for you.

The Colorado Cottage Foods Act allows limited types of food products that are non-potentially hazardous (do not require refrigeration for safety) to be sold directly to the consumer without licensing or inspection.

Cottage Foods include spices, teas, eggs, dehydrated produce, nuts, seeds, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butter, flour and baked goods, including candies, fruit empanadas and tortillas.

This class will teach you how to safely operate a food business from a home kitchen and receive a three-year certificate. Participants will learn basic food safety — including proper hygiene; preventing cross contamination and cross contact of food allergens; temperature control for safe food preparation, storage, transport and sales; foods permissible in Colorado’s Cottage Food Act, ingredient labeling and disclaimer requirements; special considerations for food preparation at altitude; and resources for going further.

With the holidays approaching, what better way to show you care than with homemade gifts of food? In conjunction with the Cottage Foods Class, CSU Extension is offering a Food Preservation class. You will learn hands on the different methods and safety of food preservation. You will even go home with a preserved food to enjoy.

Both classes are on Sept. 29 and registration is required. The Cottage Foods class is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and size is limited to 30. The Food Preservation is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and class is limited to 20, so call today to sign up at 264-5931.

Upcoming events

On Oct.19 there will be a babysitting class offered free to youth ages 11-18. Call the office to sign up. This class is limited to 15.