Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Keeping kosher getting easier
…HA is not Jewish, but her family likes Hebrew National hot dogs because they taste terrific. If you are going to eat a hot dog, which some purists view as an instant death sentence nutritionally, it might as well taste good.
…Julie Wiener (coincidence) of the AP says foods prepared according to religious regulations are proliferating, giving people who keep kosher a huge choice they did not have decades ago.
…Now 102,000 items qualify as kosher. This includes Oreos to beef jerky.
…Religious regulations govern how living animals are killed and how food groups are separated during preparation.
…A lot of approved kosher prep is going on in China now.
…Most people don’t know it—but half of all packaged foods we buy are kosher.
…Kosher Dunkin’ Donuts and Subways are popping up.
…Most people don’t even know their favorite items are kosher—look for a “heksher” or small label. Kosher foods are also labeled meat, dairy, or pareve (neither meat nor dairy). This is good for veggies or people who are lactose intolerant.