What Makes Food or Drink Kosher?

What Makes Food or Drink Kosher?

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In Jewish dietary laws, known as Kashrut, there are specific guidelines for what foods and drinks are considered kosher. The basic principles include:

  1. Animals must be slaughtered in a specific way, by a trained individual known as a shochet, using a sharp knife to ensure a swift and painless death.

  2. Certain animals are considered unclean and are forbidden, such as pigs and shellfish.

  3. Meat and dairy products cannot be mixed together, cooked together, or eaten together.

  4. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are generally considered kosher, but they must be inspected for bugs or other impurities.

  5. The equipment and utensils used to prepare food must also be kosher, meaning they have not been used for non-kosher food.

  6. Certain ingredients, such as gelatin, are not kosher if they are derived from non-kosher sources.

These are just some of the basic principles of Kashrut, and there are many more specific guidelines that can vary depending on the community and level of observance. Kosher certification agencies inspect food products and production facilities to ensure that they meet these standards and can be labeled as kosher.

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