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The Meaning of Food

Keeping Kosher

To the 2-3 million Jews who keep kosher, and the millions more Muslims and health-conscious folks who appreciate the implied quality and purity of kosher foods, those marks symbolize that the food has been prepared in accordance with kosher dietary laws.

Quick Guide to Kosher:

  • Meat cannot be eaten with dairy.
  • Fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables and grains (called “parve,” or neutral) can be eaten with either meat or dairy.
  • Utensils that have come into contact with meat may not be used with dairy, and vice versa.
  • Utensils that have come into contact with non-kosher food may not be used with kosher food.
  • Certain animals (e.g. pigs) may not be eaten at all.
  • Of the animals that may be eaten, they must be killed in accordance with Jewish law.