What does it mean to follow a Kosher lifestyle?
Following a Kosher diet or lifestyle means finding foods that comply with traditional Jewish law. Depending on how strict one follows these rules, a Kosher diet allows and restricts certain foods and how they are produced and prepared before consumption. There are three main categories of a Kosher diet. Meat, dairy, and Pareve.
For dairy and meat products, they must not be consumed or served with the same meal. If, for example, you had meat with a meal, depending on a certain amount of time, you would have to wait before consuming any dairy products. When it comes to Pareve products, they are considered neutral. Meaning that they can be consumed with both meat and dairy products and there is no amount of time needed to wait before having them.
How can you know if something is Kosher?
Most products that are Kosher certified or Kosher compliant will have symbols indicating so. These symbols can be found on most packaging, either on the front or the back. If a Pareve symbol is seen on a product, that means the product was not processed on the same equipment as dairy or meat.
There are many people that are not Jewish and still follow a Kosher diet. It is all about preference. There is even some crossover between Kosher and vegan diets. Although, a Kosher diet allows for some meat to be consumed, unlike a vegan lifestyle which restricts meat and other animal byproducts.
Other aspects of a Kosher lifestyle:
- Meat consumed by those who follow a Kosher diet must come from animals (mammals) that have cloven hooves (cows or sheep).
- Pork is a meat that is prohibited.
- There are also certain fowls that can be consumed as well. Those fowls include; chicken, geese, turkey, and a few others.
- To be considered Kosher “meat”, an animal must be slaughtered by someone who has knowledge in butchering animals that align with Jewish laws.
- One must soak or clean a meat product to remove any traces of blood.
- Depending on the rules you follow, utensils, dishes, and other equipment used with “meat” products must be separated from utensils used for dairy products.
- Dairy products, such as cheese, yogurt, milk, and butter are allowed on a Kosher diet. But, dairy products must come from a Kosher animal.
- Dairy cannot be consumed in the same meal as meat.
- Like meat, dairy products must be prepared separately from meat.
- Pareve products are considered neutral. This includes fish and eggs.
- Fish that are allowed on a Kosher diet include; salmon, tuna, halibut, or mackerel.
- Shellfish is prohibited.
- Plant-based foods are also considered Pareve.
- Always be sure to look for a Pareve or Kosher Certified symbol on packaging or inquire about something you’re not sure of.
Where to find Kosher products?
Why, here of course. At Natura Market, we have a variety of snacks and other products that are Kosher certified to suit your lifestyle.
Make Taco Tuesday that much more flavourful with Kosher Certified taco shells.
Don’t skimp on the chocolate chips from Lily’s! All Lily’s products are Kosher Dairy Certified.
Add something flavourful to your coffee in the mornings, with Nutpods.
And don’t forget the kids! YumEarth Organic Allergen-Friendly Pops and YumEarth Organic Hard Candies Wild Peppermint are Kosher Pareve.