What is Kosher?


Our kosher cookies are certified as kosher dairy (parve) and bear the official KOF-K Kosher Supervision emblem on our labels. What is kosher? Kosher means food that follows the rules of Jewish dietary law, or kashrut. Kashrut is derived from the Hebrew word meaning "proper" or "fit". As long as a food conforms to Jewish law (Halacha), it can be considered kosher. However, kosher is not to be confused as being Jewish food. For instance, for kosher treats to be labeled kosher, it can’t just be Jewish food, but must meet kosher requirements; the same requirements our kosher cookies follow. For instance, a traditional Jewish holiday cookie is not a kosher cookie unless it is prepared according to kosher law.

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What is Kosher Dairy (Parve)?

Our kosher treats are certified as kosher dairy, or parve. According to KOF-K’s website, they define parve as follows: "Parve: Yiddish – meaning neutral, containing neither dairy nor meat ingredients. Refers to items that have a neutral status and may be prepared and/or served with meat or dairy." Enjoy our healthy kosher cookies without worry!



Kosher Requirements

What are the requirements to be considered kosher? The Jewish laws are considerably extensive. Originally, they were acquired directly from the bible. Since then, kosher definitions have evolved by way of rabbinic interpretations and food industry changes. Although there are many details to kashrut, the basics are fairly simple. Some species can’t be eaten at all, for instance, rabbit, pork, owl, eagle, sturgeon, catfish, shellfish, insects and reptiles. Animals that are allowed to be eaten must be killed in a certain way, in accordance with Jewish Law. Certain animal parts cannot be eaten, and all blood must be removed from the animal before consumption. Vegetables and fruits must be bug free. Grape products can only be consumed if made by a Jew. Meat and dairy products must always remain separate – they can’t be eaten together. Cross-contamination of utensils must be watched. You can’t use the same utensils on dairy and meat. Also, if you use a utensil with non-kosher food, you can’t use it for kosher food.


Bakery Products and Kosher Certification

With the modern day complexity of processed foods, there is a need for kosher certifying agencies like KOF-K Kosher Supervision to determine if a treat claiming to be a kosher cookie is indeed a kosher cookie. Once the status of a kosher cookie is determined, certification labels are printed on the packages to let consumers know the product is kosher.

To meet one of the requirements of kashrut food preparation, the food must be prepared in the presence of a rabbi. We uphold this qualification as all of our delectable kosher cookies are made under Orthodox Rabbinical supervision at the bakery. Another Jewish law governing any kosher food states that cooking utensils and machinery which has been previously used for non-kosher food cannot be used or come in contact with the making or preparing of kosher food items. This law also extends to prohibiting the washing of utensils, pans, etc. used for only kosher foods with utensils, pans, etc. that were used in preparation of non-kosher foods. All of our kosher treats proudly uphold these requirements as well.

You never have to worry about enjoying our delicious kosher cookies. KOF-K certification is only awarded to products meeting the strictest standards of Kosher Law, giving you peace of mind that our kosher cookie flavors uphold all requirements of Jewish dietary laws.

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