Consumer Kosher

OU Kosher Q&A for Rosh Hashana

September 26, 2016

OU Kosher presents popular Q&As in preparation for Rosh Hashana. Additional questions can be asked by contacting the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) or by submitting them tokosherq@ou.org.  Alternatively, CHAT LIVE with an OU Kosher expert on http://www.oukosher.org via the chat icon located at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Honey Q: There is a long-established minhag (custom) on Rosh Hashana…

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Pas Yisroel List – 5777

September 22, 2016

The Tur (Orach Chaim, Siman 603), based upon the Talmud Yerushalmi, cites the custom for Jews to be stringent during the Aseres Yimei Teshuva to eat exclusively ‘Pas Yisroel’ bread. Even those Jews who generally do not exclusively eat ‘Pas Yisroel’ are encouraged to accept this practice during the period between Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom…

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Is Your Oven Kosher? – Part III: What Every Kosher Cook Must Know

September 18, 2016

MICROWAVE OVENS Our discussion up to this point has focused on gas and electric ovens. A microwave oven follows the same general principals, but the application of these rules is different because of the manner in which a microwave oven operates. A microwave oven heats the water molecules (every food has some moisture), and the…

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9/11 Diary from the OU Archives: The Triumph of the Human Spirit

September 12, 2016

IT WAS SURELY going to be just another typical Tuesday at the office. I arrived at the OU’s headquarters– located just six blocks south of the World Trade Center – at 8:25 A.M. and found the other early birds at their workstations. I began to settle down, turned on my computer and was reading my…

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Somtimes it’s not the food: Kashrut, Allergens and Microbes

September 6, 2016
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Dairy from the Desert: An Update on the Camel Milk Situation (or Non-Situation)

August 16, 2016

A recent Dairy Reporter article about Desert Farms, the US-based camel milk company which is planning to expand its production so as to include camel milk ice cream and baby formula, prompted a flood of kashrus questions, with people asking how the kosher dairy industry will remain free of concern for camel milk content in…

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Consumers’ FAQ’s on Kosher Fish

August 8, 2016

FAQ About Purchasing Fish

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What if non-aged cheese sits in my fridge for a long time? OU further clarifies ‘Waiting after Aged Cheese’

August 4, 2016

It is the position of the OU’s poskim (halachic authorities) that one need only wait between eating aged cheese and meat if the cheese is of a variety that is intentionally aged in production, such as Parmesan (must be aged in production at least 10 months) and Emmental (much be aged in production at least…

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Kosher Catering at a Non-Kosher Venue: What’s Happening in the Kitchen

July 11, 2016

Plan on attending your cousin’s Bar Mitzvah party next week? Or your neighbor’s daughter’s wedding next month? As an increasing number of semachot are catered at non-kosher hotels, it is important for the kosher consumer to be aware of what takes place in hotel kitchens. Indeed, oftentimes guests enjoy a lavish smorgasbord (replete with roast…

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Why would a non-dairy product have a D (for Dairy) kosher certification? Can it be eaten with meat?

July 8, 2016

Why would a non-dairy product have a D (for Dairy) kosher certification? Can it be eaten with meat?

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