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The Heat Is On: The Rise of Sriracha Sauce, and Its Ubiquity In Kosher Products

As BTUS readers are well aware, kosher tastes have evolved significantly from those depicted in yesteryear’s renditions of traditional Jewish fare. As kosher has become mainstream for consumer products not targeted specifically for an ethnic audience, the need for manufacturers to accommodate new tastes into kosher has been something we at OU Kosher are well…

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What Could Be Wrong With the “K?”

A number of years ago, an OU-certified company requested authorization to use “Charlie’s Bread Crumbs” in their product. Since a “K” was prominently displayed on the bread crumb label, I called the Charlie company to inquire which rabbi provided their kosher supervision. Mr. Johnson politely advised me that they were under the strict supervision of…

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Pass the Latkes!

My mother a”h used to fry everything. Potatoes, meatballs, chicken, veal—you name it! If it could be batter dipped, even better! Even today, when I smell fried foods my mouth begins to water. As an adult who is somewhat health conscious, I generally do not eat fried foods. Don’t get me wrong: fried foods are…

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OU KOSHER RETURNS TO BROOKLYN with program at Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin Featuring Rabbis Genack, Elefant and Fuchs; Bedikas Toyloim Guide to be Distributed at Session

Orthodox Union kashrus experts will return to Brooklyn on Sunday evening January 3, 2016 to provide an expected large crowd of men and women with a high-level shiur on various aspects of kashrus.  The program, one in a continuing series of Harry H. Beren ASK OU OUTREACH sessions, will be held at 8:00 p.m. at…

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Kosher Upgrade Wash or ‘Kosherization’ Wash

OU certified wash facilities provide their customers with the highest quality washes to meet their needs. Two types of kosher washes service are provided by a certified wash facility: 1) Kosher Maintenance Wash 2) Kosher Upgrade, or ‘Kosherization’ Wash Every OU certified wash facility is authorized to perform kosher maintenance washes. Upgrade washes can only…

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Kosher Maintenance Wash

OU certified wash facilities provide their customers with the highest quality washes to meet their needs. Two types of kosher washes service are provided by a certified wash facility: 1) Kosher Maintenance Wash 2) Kosher Upgrade, or ‘Kosherization’ Wash Every OU certified wash facility is authorized to perform kosher maintenance washes. Upgrade washes can only…

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OU RAILCAR KOSHERIZATION PROTOCOLS

The information below outlines the necessary procedures for kosherization of railcars. “Kosherization” is a particular temperature-specific procedure required for railcars previously hauling non-kosher to qualify to haul kosher product. The presence of an OU field rabbi is typically required for procedure verification. Please contact your Rabbinic Coordinator, Rabbi Twersky, at 212-613-8388 or at twerskyy@ou.org for…

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Is Olive Oil Permitted for Use for the Chanukah Menorah?

by Rabbi Akiva Tendler, RC Dressings, Emulsifier, Oil With Chanukah quickly approaching our thoughts turn to olive oil used for the Menorah. Many people are confused with the various types of olive oil and those which can be used to fulfill the Hidur Mitzvah of lighting with שמן זית. In this article we will attempt…

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WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH… THE “K”?

WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH THE “K”? A number of years ago, an OU-certified company requested authorization to use “Charlie’s Bread Crumbs” in their product. Since a “K” was prominently displayed on the bread crumb label, I called the Charlie company to inquire which rabbi provided their kosher supervision. Mr. Johnson politely advised me that…

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WHAT COULD BE WRONG WITH… THE SUPERVISION OF RABBI SO-AND-SO?

Many people believe that all rabbis who provide supervision can be presumed to be equally reliable. This great leap of faith is not rooted in reality nor is it a reasonable assumption to make. We would not entrust our physical well-being to any surgeon who is licensed to perform operations. Why should we entrust our…

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