There are many misconceptions about what “kosher” means. It is not a style of food that Jewish people eat, nor are foods kosher because a priest or rabbi blesses it. Rather, it has to do with whether the food is fit for consumption under biblical dietary law. Because the majority of food providers today do not adhere to these regulations, it can be hard for a kosher-eating person to find acceptable food options outside of their house.
Here is a basic rundown of Jewish dietary laws. Some concern what types of food can be eaten, but others have to do with specific methods of preparation, and still others with separation of foods.
- Meat: Only mammals with cloven hooves that “chew the cud” are kosher. This includes cattle, sheep, goats, bison, and deer. Those which aren’t allowed to be eaten are most notably camels and pigs.
- Fish: Kosher fish are ones with scales and fins, in contrast to shellfish and crustaceans.
- Birds: Although the Torah is less clear here, it is generally held that birds of prey and scavenging birds are forbidden, while birds like ducks, geese, and chicken are kosher.
- Dairy: Animal products must remain separate from its meat at all times. This includes the tools used to prepare them, as well as eating utensils. This means no meat and dairy can be eaten at the same time, or even be on the same plate.
- Fruits and Vegetables: All are kosher, except for ones with bugs or insects in them.
- Drinks: Only wine made by a Sabbath-observant Jew is kosher.
In addition to these food-specific regulations, all animals must be slaughtered cleanly and efficiently by an unblemished, sharp blade. Then, the blood and other forbidden parts of the animal are carefully removed. There are other more specific rules besides these general ones, so any kosher food provider must be well-versed in Jewish food laws to be certified.
In today’s world, it is extremely difficult to be sure where all our food comes from. This makes adhering to a kosher diet rather tricky, especially when you attend large events with a limited variety of food available.
Thankfully, kosher eaters have a catering option with Zayde’s Kosher Catering in Orlando. Whether you are looking to cater a wedding, business event, or bar/bat mitzvah, Zayde’s has a menu to suit your occasion. Our well-organized kosher kitchens can supply both meat and dairy items on a menu, and our very own Mashgiach supervises the whole process to make sure the highest kosher standards are met. Call us today at 407-996-0250 to book the best kosher caterer in Orlando!