Consumer Kosher

A Peafowl by Any Other Name

December 3, 2009

A discussion of the history and Kosher status of the peacock.

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What Beracha does one recite on a granola bar?

November 16, 2009

If one does not understand the process involved in creating a granola bar, one could study the ingredient panel a hundred times and still not be able to answer the above question. However, through our access to the companies that produce these bars we are privy to information that is important in resolving this issue.

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Fish and Meat

September 11, 2009

The Gemara Pesachim (76b) teaches that one may not cook fish and meat together since this combination is considered a sakana. Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 116:2-3) adds that one may not even eat meat after fish or fish after meat unless one eats and drinks in between1. Rama adds that one should not cook open meat and fish in the same oven because of raicha (aroma), though bidieved we say that raicha lav milsa. Magen Avrohom (O.C. 173:1) questions whether this sakana still exists today, however the minhag is still to be machmir.

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Go South Young Mashgiach: An OU RFR Travels the Highways and Byways of the Old Confederacy…

July 29, 2009

A tour of South-Eastern United States with an OU Rabbinic Field Representative meeting products and people that leave a lasting impression.

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The Fascinating Story of Kosher Gelatin, or How a Product from Beef Can Be Used in Dairy Delicacies

July 16, 2009

An explanation of how pareve gelatin can be manufactured from beef and therefore be used in dairy products.

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Is Sake Kosher?

July 8, 2009

A discussion of the rules of Kosher sake.

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The Perfect Pet of the Pentateuch: Pigeon

July 2, 2009

A discussion of the pigeon and its status in Judaism.

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Colombia – Land of (Kosher) Opportunity

June 24, 2009

A survey of the opportunities for Kosher in the country of Colombia.

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The Tasty Muffin: Starting off Your Day the OU Way

June 11, 2009

A discussion of the Kosher certification of muffins.

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Canned Salmon FAQ’s

January 27, 2009

A series of questions and answers about the Kosher status of canned salmon.

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