Kosher foods mean quality
Yesterday the local radio station phoned me up to ask me what was special and distinctive about Kosher foods, and why so many Jews and non-Jews alike were choosing from the Kosher food range. We have a really good selection of kosher foods at GoodnessDirect, they are great quality and are suitable for everyone because they are produced to such a high standard and are guaranteed to be dairy free and meat free (unless primarily a kosher meat or dairy product).
Pareve – neutral, dairy free, meat free foods
So here’s the low down: Central to the Kosher diet is the separation of milk from meat. For Jews even separate cutlery would be used. Food that is neither meat nor dairy is called PAREVE (pronounced Par-a-va) and it is this category of pareve foods that is popular with a wider audience who want neither meat nor dairy.
If a product meets the strict Kosher standards it is labelled with the Kosher logo and a stamp from the London Beth Din or other local Beth Din. There are 750 factories which have been approved for Kosher food preparation all of which will carry the Kosher logo and will not mix dairy and meat and so avoid both totally.
Kosher foods also pay particular attention to the cleansing of vegetables and herbs to make sure there is no insect life hiding in the folds and tucks of, in particular, parsley, asparagus, spring greens, broccoli and watercress. All of these vegetables can be difficult to clean, but kosher food producers make absolutely certain there are no lurking creepy crawlies of any kind.
Milk, cheese and margarine
Milk is fine as long as it is kosher milk, from a kosher animal and so all milk production is supervised making kosher certified milk a standard of assurance.
Cheese also must be rabbinically certified to ensure all production is in line with the kosher standards, as here it is of paramount importance that having a dairy product, no meat bi-products at all are used. Even vegetarian cheese is overseen in this way.
Margarines contain fats and emulsifiers and these may be difficult to trace, so all margarines labelled as kosher have been verified that these fats are from kosher compatible sources. Kosher margarines all must be produced under rabbinical supervision.
For a food to fit with the Kashruth (Jewish food law) pattern the yoghurt must not contain gelatine, the spices must not contain stearic acid salts and the breakfast cereal must not contain glycerine or be baked on a production line that has been used for non-Kosher product.
So now you know, Kosher means quality for all of us.