Consumer Kosher Articles

OU Kosher to Certify Shabbos Mode GE Appliances

Transition to OU Kosher Supervision Brings Improvements to Shabbos Mode on “GEA” Division Ovens and Refrigerators OU Kosher is in the process of certifying several GE Appliances (formerly GE) to help observant Jews keep the laws of the Sabbath, or Shabbos. Until recently, Shabbos-compliant ovens were certified by the Star-K agency. As of Jan 2022, some […]

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 the sources of the ingredients are vetted more carefully. The […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving and Cranberries

If I were to ask you what connection exists between the end of a famous song, a president, a general, a bouncing ball and a well-known British-American journalist, what would you answer? Interestingly, the answer comes by way of a superfood known as cranberries. In the fadeout to the song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” John Lennon […]

Shemitah – Glossary of Terms

Heter Mechirah A legal instrument to sell Jewish-owned land in Israel to non-Jews and thereby circumvent the shemittah status of produce grown on those lands. Otzar Beis Din A harvest and distribution system of produce run by rabbinical court in accordance with shemittah restrictions. Proceeds of the sale of produce (at a pre-set price) goes […]

Shemitah Produce in Chutz Laaretz: Its Laws and Applications

Introduction Our Sages teach us that all cycles of seven have special meaning (Yalkut Shemot 276). Every seven days is shabbos, purification is a seven-day process, and every seven years is shemitah. The Sifra in Bechukosai (26:31) explains that the lesson of shemitah is to internalize that even though we work the land, it belongs […]

Why Kosher Apple Cider Vinegar?

When you talk fermentation, you’re discussing nature at its best, and apple cider vinegar is a product formed through the fermentation process. Of course, to satisfy kashrut standards, a symbol is needed to certify yeast additives that initiate the fermentation process as well as ensuring there are no shared equipment issues. To make apple cider […]