AHello everyone! I need to ask your advice, I'd love more than anything to bake and sell cakes for a living but I have two fluffy cats and I always worry about the stray cat hair that might find its way into the cake mix. Has anyone else got pets and how can you get round the issue?
AI do not have pets in my home. But, however, I think what you my want to ask yourself is would you feel comfortable buying products from a person with pets in their home? And secondly, how many brick and mortars that sell food items are allowed to keep pets inside?
I am a pet owner with an outside only dog, so I am not trying to offend anyone and this is just my honest opinion.
AI think the only way it would work is if you have an entirely separate kitchen which the animals can not access and find a way to get the hair off your clothes. Personally, I wouldn't buy from someone who bakes from home and has pets unless everything was done in a separate area of the house. I remember in elementary school there was one family who had a couple dogs plus a cat, and every bakesale no one would buy their things because you were guaranteed to find a stray pet hair or two. I still cringe when thinking about it....
Edit - I should add that I had a cat, currently have a dog, and no matter how careful I am and banish them outside, a hair or two always seems to find a way into what I'm making.
I have two goldens and even though they are never allowed in the kitchen, when I sweep, there is still a ton of dog hair. That is one of the reasons I rent a commissary kitchen. I cannot afford risk of having someone find a hair in my products.
I'm not positive, but I am pretty sure there is no legal way to use a kitchen that animals have access to, (at least in NM, I would assume it's the same in other areas).
Unfortunately, you need a separate space.
AThanks everyone, will start looking into rented kitchens!! Xx