A Comprehensive Guide to Homemade Food Business in Texas

     Allowed and Not-Allowed Foods




    Other allowed and not-allowed foodes:

    If it's not meat and you can store it in your pantry, there's a good chance you can sell it as a "Cottage Food"*

    • Any food, excluding meat, that doesn't require refrigeration to keep from spoiling

    • Baked goods (cake, cookies, bread, etc)

    • Candy

    • Whole, uncut fruit dipped in chocolate or candy

    • Coated and uncoated nuts

    • Fruit butter, jams, and jellies with a PH of 4.6 or less

    • Fruit pies and pecan pies

    • Popcorn, cereal, granola, trail mix, snack mix

    • Canned, acidified salsa with a PH of 4.6 or less

    • Pickled fruits and veggies with a PH of 4.6 or less

    • Fermented veggies with a PH of 4.6 or less

    • Roasted coffee or dry tea

    • Dry mixes

    • Honey



    Not Allowed (example)**


    • Any items that require refrigeration to keep from spoiling
    • Beef jerky (meat is federally regulated)
    • Cheesecake
    • Cream pies or meringue pies or tres leches cake
    • Flan
    • Pumpkin pie or custard pie 
    • Tamales
    • Beverages (juices, tea, coffee),  (excl. Lemonade see the page)
    • Casseroles
    • Meat pies (incl. Kolaches)
    • Kombucha
    • Low-acid canned foods, like baby food
    • Salads with meat, mayo, etc
    • Raw or Salted Fish, Shellfish, any fish products, etc
    • Soups
    • Ice products

    Allowed (example)**


    • Dried pasta
    • Pretzels
    • Tortillas
    • Doughnuts
    • Cake balls
    • Maple syrup/cane syrup
    • Vanilla extract
    • Unroasted nut butter
    • Ghee
    • Energy/protein bars (with no milk)
    • Dehydrated fruits and vegetables
    • Mustard
    • Vinegar
    • Hot cocoa drink mix
    • Dried herb/spice mixes
    • Dried soup mixes
    • Seasoned salt
    • Trail mix
    • Fudge and divinity
    • Cookie kits (cookies + icing + sprinkles)
    • Dry pancake/waffle mix

    Not Allowed (other)**


    • Brisket, beef, pork, chicken, fish - any meat product

    • Hot meals

    • Tacos and burritos

    • Pizza

    • Fresh salads or platter (fruit or vegetable)

    • Potato salad

    • Macaroni salad

    • Baked beans

    • Street corn

    • Creamed corn

    • Tres Leches cake

    • Bread pudding

    • Jello molded salads

    • Pancakes and crepes

    • Cheesecake stuffed strawberries

    • Low-acid fruit butter like pumpkin or banana

    • Pickled eggs

    • Raw cookie dough

    • Bone Broth

    • Bacon (including bacon on cupcakes and chocolate-covered bacon)

    • Charcuterie boards (meat, cheese, and cut fruits are all not allowed)

    • Dairy products (raw), Kefir or other fermented products

    • Raw seed sprouts

    Allowed (other)**


    Foods that can be stored at room temperature are allowed 

             Examples of foods that are not allowed as "Сottage Foods"  

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    *The information contained in this fact sheet is not intended as legal advice. Consult with your attorney accordingly.

    **The foods listed above are now examples, rather than an exclusive list. When we discuss what is “not allowed under the cottage food law,” we are referring to things that cottage food producers – people making food in their home kitchens – cannot legally do. These products can still legally be made and sold in commercial kitchens with appropriate health department licensing.


    Pet Food:

    Although pet food is usually non-TTCS, it is not included in the cottage food law. Animal food is regulated by the Office of the Texas State Chemists, Texas Feed and Fertilizer Control Service. You can visit their website for more information