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California Cottage food law

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Probably we move to California soon, so I asked around for some information about home bakery. I happily found out about the cottage food law. But it says no cream because it has to be refrigerated. So no ganache. But Ganached cake doesn't has to be refrigerated...so how is it works? Once it cools down it's became solid.

,,The legal definition of non-potentially hazardous foods is that they have a pH of less than 4.6 and aw value of 0.85 or less. Foods that are perishable, such as cheesecakes, or custard fillings, or meringue pies, are not covered in the law.'' 

 ganache has cream in it, but doesn't has to be refrigerated. Any thought about it?   

post #2 of 5
Ask your local health department. Counties differ in opinion sometimes about what is useable or not. Or, have your recipe tested (ask your health department what labs are good to use).
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Thanks, I'm not there yet, but it's sounds reasonable. Hopefully ganache can pass the test :) 

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I just had a ganache recipe pass icon_smile.gif basic 2:1 ratio. Luckily I hooked up with another baker who lives close to a lab, so she drove her sample there and we split the $100 fee
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tennilley do you only crumb coat your fondant cakes with ganache? I like real buttercream but with switching to CA cottage food laws...having a difficult time finding a frosting that works as well besides using ganache. Finishing experimenting before going to file for my application with all my recipes. Thank you for your help!

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