Steven Genack

Steven Genack has worked at OU Kosher for more than ten years with a specialty in ingredients. He is an attorney and former editor of a newspaper. He has a wide array of interests including playing tennis, golf and basketball and reading biographies and memoirs.

Nutritious and Savory Kosher Honey

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, honey takes center stage. Incredibly, kosher honey comes from the bee, a non-kosher animal. The Talmud’s explanation for why it is permissible to eat reveals a deeper message relevant to the Jewish New Year. The journey into the world of honey is vast and involved, but important, as it brings to […]

The Enduring Cholent

As a child, I remember being invited with my class to our rebbe’s house for Shabbos. What stood out to me about that Shabbos was the hot dogs in the cholent. It was my first introduction to this staple Jewish dish. In high school, I would eat the cholent my mother made which had all […]

Creating a Kosher for Passover Certified Product 

What Is Kosher for Passover? Every year, OU Kosher certifies thousands of products with a special OU-P (P for Passover). The OU-P symbol indicates that all the ingredients have been investigated for their Passover status, the production equipment has been judged to be Passover-compliant, and an OU inspector was present for a special Passover production. […]

The World of Chocolate

Did you know white chocolate is not really chocolate, chocolate was once used as a currency, and Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate in his print shop? These are just some of the quirky facts surrounding chocolate. Today, we are focusing on the chic OU kosher-certified company that produces kosher chocolate bars, “HU,” short for human, that […]

David Elliot Poultry: A Multigenerational Company with Innovative Kosher Products and A Dedication to the Community

David Elliot Poultry is an OU kosher certified company that spans three generations. They take pride in serving the customer, as well as partnering with established kosher distributors and caterers. Their plant is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, which allows them to streamline their operation without sacrificing on quality or safety. Kashrut is not just a […]

A Mother and Son Team Bring New OU Products to the Market

It’s not every day that you find a mother-son team bring a new product line to the market. But that’s exactly what happened with OU kosher certified Simply Gourmet Spices. I had the pleasure to speak to Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Kleiman, the marketing guru for Simply Gourmet. He is a rosh kollel of a Halacha chabura in […]

Congratulations to 11 OU Kosher Certified Companies for Being Named Responsible Companies

For the second year, Newsweek magazine has announced its list of “America’s Most Responsible Companies.” Using data and a survey of consumers, these 399 businesses were chosen because they care about environmental impact, ethical governance and giving back to their communities. Of the 14 food and beverage companies on the 2021 list, 11 are certified […]

Atomo Coffee: Coffee Without the Coffee Beans to Protect the Planet

  These days, many food companies are sensitive to the effects of climate change and are addressing it in different ways. One such company, kosher-certified by the OU, is Atomo Coffee. Their company name speaks volumes about their products and purpose. Atomo stands for atom in Italian. What Atomo Coffee has done is create a […]

The Killer Brownie Company Emphasizes Kosher

  When companies choose to go kosher, there are two essential benefits to the Jewish community. First, they are now opened up to new products. Second, because of the extra supervision, there is a greater assurance in the quality and safety of the products since sources of the ingredients are vetted more carefully. The Killer […]

The Many Varieties of Kosher Olive Oil

As Chanukah approaches, oil takes on even greater significance as it commemorates the miracle of how such little oil burned for eight nights. In this spirit, it is the practice to use extra amounts of oil for cooking. It’s worthy to know the different kinds of kosher oils that exist in the market and why […]