Don’t let your cooking get you in trouble

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Before you pull out pots and pan to start cooking and selling plates out of your home, you`ll want to turn off the burner! Not only is it frowned upon, it`s against the law.

A few weeks ago, Elizabeth Hart posted a story about a California woman who could face jail time for selling meals she cooked in an unpermitted kitchen.

"If you are selling pie or anything there are laws in place not only to protect yourself, to protect people who are going to consume your food," she said.

Hart said with the holidays quickly approaching, she wants to keep people from spending time in the ER due to food borne illness. She also said selling homemade food is a problem because if people start getting sick the health department will have a hard time tracing the source of the problem.

Her original post about selling from home being against the law got so much backlash, the frenzy presented an opportunity.

"Honestly the individuals that responded didn`t know the law," she said.  "We weren`t expecting the reaction that we got but we are glad because now its a topic of discussion."

A discussion that could not only keep some stomach's from churning, but could keep aspiring business owners out of jail.