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What is Kosher?

Kosher foods are ones that follow an extensive set of dietary laws.  One example is the restriction from mixing meat and milk together, which is why you will find that all the recipes in this blog are either vegetarian friendly or dairy free.  Other restrictions include animals that are permissible to eat and those that are not.  Most famously pig is forbidden, but so are shellfish, rabbit, and frogs to name a few.  In addition, the animal must be health and have been killed in a very specific and painless way.

 

What animals are kosher?

Most meats you find in a store are: chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, veal, duck, goose, and many types of fish.  However, for the meat to be kosher the animal must be healthy also be killed in a very specific way.   So, you will have no trouble finding recipes for most meats that you like on this site.  Fun fact, giraffe technically falls under this list but I don’t think anyone’s eaten one!

 

Why keep kosher?

Most people who keep kosher do so for religious reasons, but there is a common belief that it is healthier so many other people hold to it as well, or at least prefer it.  Also the meat undergoes a salting process causes it to be at least partially dry brined so it is naturally juicer than other meat.

 

Is kosher food actually healthier?

The short answer is yes.  While junk food is junk food no matter what, kosher restrictions take great care in the treatment of their animals.  An animal cannot be sick when killed, it cannot have any sores on its body, and it cannot live in disgusting conditions because it will lead to the above.  If any of the above does apply it is considered not kosher even if it would be otherwise.  Also the salting process removes most of the blood and helps kill off some of the unhealthy germs and bacteria.

 

Is kosher cruelty free?

While we are allowed to eat animals it is of the utmost importance that they do not feel pain when they die.  Judaism takes the treatment of animals very seriously.  If there is any question that the animal has suffered for even a second when it dies, it’s not kosher.  I’ll admit this does make me feel a little less guilty about eating meat…

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