Kosher

Written by Jill Morrison
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Kosher is a term used to describe a certain type of foods and the way foods are prepared. It is a process that is primarily used in Jewish households because it reflects Jewish beliefs and turns the kitchen into a spiritual place. The process is very strict and rules describe which fish, fowl, and other animals are allowed. The rules also describe how to separate meat and dairy in a diet.

Options of Kosher Foods

Many Jewish traditions are associated with food. Blessings are said before and after eating, whether or not a holiday is being celebrated. Keeping foods Kosher is a way to show respect for the Jewish traditions and to intensify spirituality. Maintaining this lifestyle takes careful patience.

Laws of Kosher exist in the Old Testament of the Bible and have been practiced for over 3,300 years by Jews. In this practice, foods are separated into three categories: dairy, meat, and parve. For the meat category, animals must have split hooves and must chew its cud. These animals include lamb, goat, and cow. Fowl is acceptable, such as chicken, duck, and turkey. Pig, camel and rabbit are unacceptable types of animals in the process.

Milk products must be taken from certain animals. They must also be eaten separate from animal meat products. Parve foods have neither dairy nor meat products. They are considered to be neutral foods. A parve food becomes a meat when it is cooked with meat and a airy product when it is cooked with dairy.


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