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There is a mistaken belief that certified kosher food is food that has been blessed by a rabbi. In actuality kosher means that the food and all included ingredients conform to the body of law that deals with the processing and preparation of food that can be eaten by Jewish people. A rabbi does not bless the food though they often oversee the food production to ensure it falls within the category of kosher.

 

Just because a product is certified Kosher doesn't mean that it has been blessed by a Rabbi.

Just because a product is certified Kosher doesn't mean that it has been blessed by a rabbi.

 

The types of food

 

 

There are types of food that are strictly forbidden for consumption. It is important to know what these foods are as even minimal contact with the forbidden foods or their by-products during processing and preparation will result in allowable food becoming ineligible to be certified kosher.

 

Land animals can only be eaten if they chew their cud and have hoofs that are split in two. Allowable animals include cows and deer while pigs and rabbits are some animals not allowed as they do not meet both criteria.

 

Sea animals can only be eaten if they have fins and scales. This eliminates foods such as crab, shrimp and other shellfish.

Milk, eggs and other by-products of the restricted animals are included on the forbidden foods list.
The slaughter
Meat can only be certified kosher if Jewish law is adhered to during slaughter. The animals must be killed quickly and in the most humane way possible, most often with a quick stoke across the throat. Natural causes, or killing by another animal cannot be the cause of death. The animal must also have been healthy prior to slaughter.
Processing and preparation

 

In addition to being humane, a slash across the throat helps drain the blood in the quickest and most complete way. Meat from land animals must be devoid of all blood to be certified kosher. Any blood that remains in the meat after slaughter is removed through broiling, salting or soaking.
These meat products cannot come into contact with foods that are forbidden or with fish or dairy products even if they are kosher as well. This is in accordance with the prohibition of pairing meat with dairy or meat with fish and also extends to the utensils and food preparation surfaces used.

 

What does it mean to be certified kosher? It means that food served at a Jewish table follows all the important dietary laws in the religion.

 

Kosher Cookies and Gift Baskets from Smileycookie.com

 

All of Smileycookie.com’s cookies and gift baskets are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Our products, suppliers and manufacturers have been certified as meeting 100% of the guidelines as required by the religion and our cookie factory is an approved kosher bakery is regularly inspected by a rabbi.

 

All of our cookies and gift baskets are certified Kosher by the Ortodox Union

All of our cookies and gift baskets are certified Kosher by the Ortodox Union

 

 

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