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PostSubject: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:24 pm

I was wondering, is it hard to find a food with kosher certificate in the place/part of the town where you live?

Yesterday I've found a bottle of cooking oil with ECK (European Central Kashrut) certificate, and the oil is actually produced and packed in my country! Wow, I'm so happy - this is actually the first product that I see in the stores here that has a kosher certificate! I knew that some of the food factories applied for a kosher certificate here, but this is the first product that I've seen that really has it! Happy, happy, happy!! Very Happy

I spent the rest of the shopping evening looking for some more products with the kosher certificate, but that was the only one. I hope that there will be more of them coming soon!

Although I can choose kosher food by looking at the list of the ingredients on the product (I don't eat meat except fish, so the meat and the way it came to the store [slaughtering etc.] is not an issue), I prefer it a lot more with a certificate.

I'm so happy now - I have my first kosher labeled food product! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:49 pm

Sarit wrote:
I was wondering, is it hard to find a food with kosher certificate in the place/part of the town where you live?

No, not at all. Many of the foods in the regular grocery stores have a hechsher. I do have to drive about 30 minutes to get meat (or cheese if I wanted it) but everything else I can get right by my house. Perhaps you could find a list somewhere of the products that are kosher in your stores?
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:58 pm

Meat--impossible. (I'd have to drive an hour to the place in the city that has it, and I couldn't afford it when I got there.)

Other products, not so hard. I was at the grocery store this weekend, dying for some ice cream, and I was trying to determine if the generic, store-brand rocky road was okay to eat (it had non-gelatin marshmallow creme), and I happened to look at the front and saw the hechsher.
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:04 pm

Lucky you!

I tried to find a list, but apparently I couldn't find it. All that you can find is some newspaper texts about how the state would stimulate food factories to apply to get a hechsher, and how some of the factories have shown interest, and that's all. On the official site of Jewish Community Belgrade I cannot find anything about it, too.

I've found a complete list of kosher certified products in Croatia, but in Serbia... Nothing much, ah. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:26 pm

I look for the various kosher symbols food has, but with meat I go with organic, humanely raised and fed without antibiotics.

We have a kosher supermarket about 30 minutes away and lots of kosher products, meat in the local Wegmans.

I would like to move my family more towards vegetarian eating but that always gets me in trouble.... Very Happy




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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:50 pm

tamar wrote:
I look for the various kosher symbols food has, but with meat I go with organic, humanely raised and fed without antibiotics.

You can find organic, humanly raised meat that is also kosher. Perhaps not in your area, though, I would think so.

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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:53 pm

Dena wrote:
tamar wrote:
I look for the various kosher symbols food has, but with meat I go with organic, humanely raised and fed without antibiotics.

You can find organic, humanly raised meat that is also kosher. Perhaps not in your area, though, I would think so.


I would buy it if I could find it in my area, but I haven't seen any.
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:05 pm

You can order it online (believe it or not). http://thekosherexpress.com/ (There are other places as well.)

The problem is that hamburger meat (non-kosher $1.99/lb on sale, $2.49-$2.69/lb when it's not) is $6.99/lb kosher. Organic is $12.99/lb.

Then there's UPS ground shipping in dry ice.

No way we could afford to eat it. We can barely afford to get regular hamburger meat; we mostly eat chicken because it's cheaper.
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:11 pm

tamar wrote:
I look for the various kosher symbols food has, but with meat I go with organic, humanely raised and fed without antibiotics.
I highly recommend http://www.kolfoods.com/ for kosher, organic 100% grass fed beef and lamb, and pastured chicken, turkey, and duck. (Note that most "organic" meats are still from corn-fed animals who mostly live inside with only "access" to the outdoors.) The meat is expensive of course, even without adding the shipping (which is expensive since it is highly perishable), but it is delicious. My husband filled up our extra freezer last fall with all kinds of meat from Kol Foods when there was a special group order by a Chicago group so shipping was "only" $36 per order. Now there is a buying club through a health food store in Chicago, but the $60 annual fee isn't really worth it for my family since we eat meat only about once a week.

Empire kosher organic chicken is available at our local Trader Joe's and sometimes at the local chain supermarket.

I don't eat meat without a hechsher and an important reason that I keep a strictly kosher home is so our observant friends can "eat by us". So treif meat, organic or not, is out of the question. I think it is good that the extra costs and limitations of kashrut pushes my family to eat less meat than we might otherwise.

tamar wrote:

I would like to move my family more towards vegetarian eating but that always gets me in trouble.... Very Happy
I got a lot of push-back when I tried get my family to eat meat less than once a week, so that's where we've been for several years and I'm comfortable with that. We also eat fish about twice a week as well. But that is a lot less than the average American family.
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PostSubject: Re: Kosher certificate   Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:48 pm

Debbie B. wrote:
tamar wrote:
I look for the various kosher symbols food has, but with meat I go with organic, humanely raised and fed without antibiotics.
I highly recommend http://www.kolfoods.com/ for kosher, organic 100% grass fed beef and lamb, and pastured chicken, turkey, and duck. (Note that most "organic" meats are still from corn-fed animals who mostly live inside with only "access" to the outdoors.) The meat is expensive of course, even without adding the shipping (which is expensive since it is highly perishable), but it is delicious. My husband filled up our extra freezer last fall with all kinds of meat from Kol Foods when there was a special group order by a Chicago group so shipping was "only" $36 per order. Now there is a buying club through a health food store in Chicago, but the $60 annual fee isn't really worth it for my family since we eat meat only about once a week.

Empire kosher organic chicken is available at our local Trader Joe's and sometimes at the local chain supermarket.

I don't eat meat without a hechsher and an important reason that I keep a strictly kosher home is so our observant friends can "eat by us". So treif meat, organic or not, is out of the question. I think it is good that the extra costs and limitations of kashrut pushes my family to eat less meat than we might otherwise.

tamar wrote:

I would like to move my family more towards vegetarian eating but that always gets me in trouble.... Very Happy
I got a lot of push-back when I tried get my family to eat meat less than once a week, so that's where we've been for several years and I'm comfortable with that. We also eat fish about twice a week as well. But that is a lot less than the average American family.

I get push back too..... I even tried to buy the vegetarian crumbles for my quiche to replace the turkey sausage I was using and they noticed even though I said nothing.....

Because my whole family is not Jewish and eating habits were deeply ingrained I have not completely changed our diets. But I try to change little things.

Our Trader Joes does carry the kosher Empire chicken too. We have really cut back on red meat lately.
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