Is my food
- All of
your ingredients must be kosher.
kitchen and dishes must be kosher.
- If you
are not Jewish and wish to prepare a
kosher meal for your Jewish guests - you
must consult an Orthodox Rabbi.
for kosher cooking are like following
directions in a recipe, to be successful
you have to follow the rules.
- If the
ingredients are kosher but one isn't -
then the whole meal is treif [not kosher].
make assumptions - ask an Orthodox Rabbi
if you have a question.
Does a food
item or product need a hechsher?
foods and their ingredients can be a very
complicated issue as to whether it is kosher
or not -- Consult your Rabbi on kashrus
If you are in
doubt whether or not a product does or
doesn't need a kosher symbol -- rule on
the side of caution, buy the product with a hechsher.
As a general
rule most processed foods need a hechsher.
- Do not
mix dairy and meat products. Remember for
Kosher foods and cooking you must separate
meat and dairy products and have separate
meat and dairy dishes.
Does need a
for sport permitted by the Torah?
- No - ask
an Orthodox Rabbi if you have a question.
need a hechsher
need a hechsher?
opinions say, No. Because some authorities
say that the FDA and the laws governing
how milk is processed in the United
States is enough.
Yisroel is the term given
to all dairy products, including
cheese and non-fat dry milk powder, which
have been under constant Rabbinical
does not need a hechsher, however not all
fish are kosher.
What can be
- Any fish that has
"both" scales and fins. This means that
shellfish are not kosher, and neither are
fish like catfish.
- Any land animal that
chews its cud "and" has split hooves.
Sheep and cows are kosher animals, while
pigs and horses and dogs are not kosher.
- Pigs do have a split
hoof, but they do not chew their cud, so
they are not kosher. Both deer and goats
are kosher if properly slaughtered. There
are also restrictions as to what parts of
the animal may be eaten. Some parts may
never be eaten and some parts are not
normally processed as kosher meat in the
United States due to the additional labor
involved. (kosher hot dogs cannot contain
some of the filler and miscellaneous
scraps that are added to most non-kosher
- There is a list of non
kosher birds in the Torah, which names
predominantly scavengers and predators.
Kosher birds include duck, chicken, and
turkey. Ostrich is not kosher.
- There are some
kosher insects that are types of
grasshopper or locust. Ashkenazi and most
Sepharadi groups have lost the tradition
of which exact species are kosher, but
Yemenites and some Sepharadi groups have
maintained this tradition and can properly
identify them (though to most people the
prospect of eating insects is not
appealing, rendering this a largely
- Animal blood is not to
- Eggs from kosher birds
are kosher. Eggs are not used if any blood
spots are found.
Honey made by bees is kosher even though
it is processed by a non-kosher insect.
An animal that is sick or injured cannot
- All kosher animals must
be slaughtered properly in order for the
meat to be permissible.
- There are some
restrictions on plants: they
need to be checked that there are no
insects. Any beverages made from grapes
including grape juice and wine require
special processing and supervision to be
- Gelatin is usually made
from non kosher animal's hooves/bones, but
it is possible to get kosher gelatin
either made from kosher fish, kosher
animals or vegetable products.
Ask a local Rabbi for more details.