Cottage Foods

Greetings Valued Cottage Food Producers, Stakeholders, and Industry Partners,

I want to remind you of newly available resources to aid in the success and safety of your cottage food business.
First, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has an updated brand. The new brand is reflected in the recently revised Cottage Foods Frequently Requested Information document now available on our website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cottage-foods-printable-resources .
Secondly, we are in the midst of Colorado’s peak harvest season. Free pH testing for your pickled fruit and vegetable products is now being offered by the Laboratory Services Division on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last. 
One of the key indicators of whether your pickling process is working as you intend is pH testing to measure the acidity of your finished product.If you choose to have your product tested, the results will validate your standardized, personal, or family recipe(s) and verify a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below. Results will be mailed directly to you and will confirm if your recipe is just right or prompt you to make adjustments to assure the safety of your product for your customers. 
A cottage food producer may submit up to five different products for free pH testing. To obtain the required paperwork and additional information visit: 
Beyond five products, you can submit your pickled products for pH testing to the Laboratory for a fee of $16.50 per sample. Contact theLaboratory Services Division for additional details: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/lab/generalinfo
Lastly, my team and I are available to answer your questions via phone at 303-692-3645, option 3 or email at cdphe_iepu@state.co.us.
You can also visit our website for additional information about the Colorado Cottage Foods Act: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/cottage-foods-act
Wishing you a bountiful harvest and farmers market season!
Sincerely,
Brianne Rael, REHS, CP-FS
Environmental Protection Specialist II
Division of Environmental Health & Sustainability
P: 303.692.3651  |  F 303.753.6809
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246