What Is A Kosher Kitchen

What Is A Kosher Kitchen

I do not keep kosher personally, but the majority of recipes on my site are kosher out of respect for my Jewish readers. You can read more about my food philosophy in the About Me section. I include a Kosher Key on every recipe which puts it into the category of meat, dairy, pareve, or in rare cases Non-Kosher. On my site fish is considered pareve, which means it can be served with dairy, though some very strict kosher Jews will not mix the two. The majority of kosher Jews consider fish pareve. When an occasional non-kosher recipe is shared (usually a historical or vintage recipe or guest post), I do offer kosher modifications wherever possible. Everything is clearly marked.
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

Veggie milks I'm not a vegetarian or a rabbi but I am allergic to “real” milk. There are many veggie milks that are both kosher and pareve (non-dairy according to kosher criteria). However, some “vegetarian” products are not dairy-free (or meat-free) by kosher standards. You need to look for a kosher symbol from a reliable kosher supervising organization (OU, OK, CHK, etc.) Beware of just a K; according to American law there's no restriction on putting a letter of the alphabet on the product, so a K may mean anything or nothing. If the veggie milk is supervised to be kosher, be sure it is also marked “pareve” (non-dairy by kosher standards). Some “veggie” milks are made in dairy equipment or contain sodium caseinate, which is a derivative of milk. Hope that helps. Reply
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

Devorah Leah Adler Baltimore, MD February 26, 2014 Veggie milks I'm not a vegetarian or a rabbi but I am allergic to “real” milk. There are many veggie milks that are both kosher and pareve (non-dairy according to kosher criteria). However, some “vegetarian” products are not dairy-free (or meat-free) by kosher standards. You need to look for a kosher symbol from a reliable kosher supervising organization (OU, OK, CHK, etc.) Beware of just a K; according to American law there's no restriction on putting a letter of the alphabet on the product, so a K may mean anything or nothing. If the veggie milk is supervised to be kosher, be sure it is also marked “pareve” (non-dairy by kosher standards). Some “veggie” milks are made in dairy equipment or contain sodium caseinate, which is a derivative of milk. Hope that helps. Reply
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

Contrary to popular misconception, rabbis or other religious officials do not “bless” food to make it kosher. There are blessings that observant Jews recite over food before eating it, but these blessings have nothing to do with making the food kosher. Food can be kosher without a rabbi or priest ever becoming involved with it: the vegetables from your garden are undoubtedly kosher (as long as they don’t have any bugs, which are not kosher!). However, in our modern world of processed foods, it is difficult to know what ingredients are in your food and how they were processed, so it is helpful to have a rabbi examine the food and its processing and assure kosher consumers that the food is kosher. This certification process is discussed below.
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

Kosher dietary laws are observed all year round, not just during Pesach (Passover). There are additional dietary restrictions during Pesach, and many foods that are kosher for year-round use are not “kosher for Passover.” A bagel, for example, can be kosher for year-round use but is certainly not kosher for Passover! Foods that are kosher for Passover, however, are always kosher for year-round use.
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

There is no such thing as “kosher-style” food. Kosher is not a style of cooking. Chinese food can be kosher if it is prepared in accordance with Jewish law, and there are many fine kosher Chinese restaurants in Philadelphia and New York. Traditional Ashkenazic Jewish foods like knishes, bagels, blintzes, and matzah ball soup can all be non-kosher if not prepared in accordance with Jewish law. When a restaurant calls itself “kosher-style,” it usually means that the restaurant serves these traditional Jewish foods, and it almost invariably means that the food is not actually kosher.
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

How to Begin: Even before your kitchen is made kosher, begin preparing for the change. Buy only foods which are certified kosher. Begin to keep meat and dairy separate. Many people use disposable utensils just before going kosher. Remove all questionable foods. Before making the kitchen kosher, discard all foods prepared in the pre-kosher kitchen.
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What Is A Kosher Kitchen

Looking for information on how to keep kosher? I often get emails and comments from readers asking about kosher cooking, so I decided to put together a basic overview of what it means to keep kosher. Part of my conversion to Judaism included learning about the kosher laws. I am by no means a kosher expert, but I do know quite a bit about the subject, and I’m happy to share what I have learned with you. Check out the links below to learn the basics. If you have a question, feel free to comment on my blog and ask!
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To maintain a kosher kitchen, the first and most important element is to only allow certified kosher food into your house. Beyond that, however, the entire kitchen, eating areas and dishes and utensils must also be kosher. The following guidelines for keeping a kosher kitchen are derived from the Conservative perspective; for more practical or personal advice, please consult a halachic authority.
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If there is only one sink, it may be used after it has been completely cleaned, but the inside of the sink should be regarded as non-kosher. No food or dishes should be put directly into non-kosher sinks. There should be separate dishpans and slightly elevated racks under the dishpans for both meat and dairy. Similarly, two sinks which were used before the kitchen was kosher should also be regarded as non-kosher, unless they are stainless steel and were koshered. If the two sinks were koshered, one should be designated for meat and one for dairy.
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The kosher home is an important element in the foundation of Jewish life. Whether you are embarking on the exciting step of setting up a newly kosher kitchen or have been keeping kosher for years, the following step-by-step guide will prove most helpful. Before long, “keeping kosher” will be second nature to you, an integral part of your life as a homemaker and as a Jew.
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If there is only one sink, it may be used after it has been completely cleaned, but the inside of the sink should be regarded as non-kosher. No food or dishes should be put directly into non-kosher sinks. There should be separate dish pans and slightly elevated racks under the dish pans for both meat and dairy. Similarly, two sinks which were used before the kitchen was kosher should also be regarded as non-kosher, unless they are stainless steel and were koshered.
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The most controversial certification is the K, a plain letter K found on products asserted to be kosher. A letter of the alphabet cannot be trademarked, so any manufacturer can put a K on a product, even without any supervision at all. For example, Jell-O brand gelatin puts a K on its product, even though every reliable Orthodox authority agrees that Jell-O is not kosher. On the other hand, some very reliable rabbis will certify products without having a trademark to offer, and their certifications will also have only a “K.” Most other kosher certification marks are trademarked and cannot legally be used without the permission of the certifying organization. The certifying organization assures you that the product is kosher according to their standards, but standards vary.
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As rabbi/humorist Jack Moline noted, “Everyone who keeps kosher will tell you that his version is the only correct version. Everyone else is either a fanatic or a heretic.” (Growing Up Jewish, 1987). There is a lot of truth in this humorous observation. I have no doubt that some are calling me a heretic for even acknowledging the existence of lower standards, because kosher is kosher, and if you don’t live up to my standards then you aren’t keeping kosher at all.
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The Star-K Kosher Certification organization also has an excellent website. The wonderful thing about Star-K is, they give you an incredible amount of detail about the research that they put into determining whether a product is kosher. They tell you what products may be used without kosher certification, and they explain why such products can or cannot be used without kosher certification, giving complete detail about the research that went into making their determination. It also has articles about kashering appliances, and other useful information.
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Oven: Failing this, one could use a non-Kosher oven (or microwave) provided Kosher food is always double wrapped. For a conventional oven, silvered paper, roasting bags are ideal for this purpose. In a microwave, plastic bags, boxes, cling film or some combination forming two layers will allow you to cook Kosher food in a non-Kosher environment.
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Keeping kosher only becomes difficult when you try to eat in a non-kosher restaurant, or at the home of a person who does not keep kosher. In those situations, your lack of knowledge about your host’s ingredients and food preparation techniques make it very difficult to keep kosher. Some commentators have pointed out, however, that this may well have been part of what G-d had in mind: to make it more difficult for us to socialize with those who do not share our religion.

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