Kosher Food is a growing industry and it’s not just for Jews anymore. With the growing desire for good health and wellness, people are realizing that kosher food is a delicious healthy option. Here are five tips for taking the leap into the wonderful world of kosher cuisine.
1) Bring more kosher foods in to your diet and explore the explosion of new kosher products hitting the market. Eating more kosher food is going to bring you healthier food and assurance that the food is of better quality. In the United States there has been a rise on contamination in the food supply. When you eat kosher there is guarantee that the food has been carefully prepared and processed.
2) Buy a book on eating kosher that will give you information and break myths of what kosher food actually is. There is something that I like to call “the kosher myth”. The myth is that for food to be kosher, it has to be blessed by a rabbi. Another myth is that kosher food is bland and boring. Kosher food can be hot, sexy, delicious, and down right fun. A book that I recommended is “Kosher for Everybody” by Trudy Garfunkel; it breaks down kosher food in a way for everyone to understand.
3) After you have done a little research on kosher food, go out for a nosh at a nice kosher restaurant! There are wonderful kosher restaurants all over the world and new restaurants popping up everyday. In New York City there is Darna on the Upper West Side and The Park East Grill on the East Side, Kosher Chicago in Chicago, Jestine’s in South Carolina, and the list goes on and on. Check out www.kosherdine.com for options.
4) Begin paying attention in the aisles of the supermarket and look for the kosher symbol. When you see a product with a K, U, KSA (or a variation of) it symbolizes that the product is kosher. It depends on the kosher certifying agency that determines the kosher symbol. Sometimes the kosher symbol is placed after the ingredients of a products, so do not forget to check that area if you can not find the symbol .
5) When you feel ready for the next step, make one of your main meals entirely kosher. This is actually easy to do. I suggest doing dairy for your first attempt for an entire kosher meal, cause with a meat meal you may still want to cheat and butter some things up. Try a nice dish of angel hair pasta mixed with spinach pesto, toss in a side salad or maybe a cheese lasagne and spinach salad.
That is how you can kick it kosher!