Bake Sale Guidelines
What Makes It a Bake Sale?
- Run by an organization, club, church, or school.
- One time sale, at one location.
- At a fundraising event, fair, bazaar, or farmer's market.
- Selling jams, jellies, candies, berry pies, cobblers, cakes, cookies, pastries, and/or breads.
- Keep a list of donated foods and who gave them.
- Create the proper set up for keeping foods cold as needed.
- Food Worker Card training is a great way to learn proper handling of foods. Contact DEC Food Safety and Sanitation for details.
Guidelines to Bake It, Make It, and Sell It Safe
A Safe Kitchen
Bake sale items can be made in a home kitchen, however, it is best to use an approved or permitted kitchen for the preparation. Churches, service groups and other entities will often allow you to use their approved kitchen for a small fee.
Wash Your Hands!
Before you prepare any foods, before the sale begins and after you use the restroom, sneeze, cough, eat, smoke or handle the garbage. Use, soap, running water and clean disposable towels to dry your hands.
Clean Your Work Surfaces
Wash all preparation surfaces with soap and water, then sanitize those same surfaces with a bleach solution of 100 ppm or 1/4 tsp of bleach per quart of water.
Chilling Certain Foods
Any food with cream filling, custards or similar products must be chilled and held at 41 or colder. Remember, no sandwiches, salads, meats, poultry, pizza or any other potentially hazardous food can be sold at a bake sale. Potentially hazardous food is any food that needs to be temperature controlled to be safe.
Wrap It Up
Each sale item must be individually wrapped while they are being transported or displayed.
Use a Tool
For any item that must be handled individually, use disposable gloves, tongs, spatulas or some other tool to handle the food. There should be no bare hand contact with a food that will not be cooked.