Kosher Diet

Food delivery that’s kosher

A kosher diet is considered a special diet even though it’s the customary Jewish way of eating. It is not a standard weight-loss diet, because it doesn’t dictate a list of “good” and “bad” foods that you can and can’t eat. Rather, a kosher diet refers to the manner in which food products are prepared. All foods must adhere to the kosher requirements in order for them to be consumed by someone following the Jewish faith.

“Kosher” is a Hebrew word that translates to "proper" in English. When a food is labeled as kosher, it means that the food adheres to the Jewish dietary laws, known as kashruth, that list certain foods that are forbidden to be eaten together or prepared in certain manners.

Obviously, the main customers for kosher food delivery are Jewish, who may need deliveries on a regular basis. Even Jews who don’t follow kosher eating traditions on a daily basis will demand kosher foods for catering and delivery on the religious holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and for bat mitzvahs and weddings.

If you follow a strict kosher diet, never fear! There are many foods that adhere to kashruth law, and many food suppliers are happy to deliver their kosher menu items – fresh or frozen – right to your front door. Just remember, when you are ordering kosher foods for delivery, be sure to check their packaging for the rabbinical council's official identification symbol. This symbol recognizes products that are suitable for a kosher diet because they are made in accordance with Jewish dietary law – it’s also known as a hecksher certification.

When you order kosher foods for delivery, the same rules apply:

Meat & Poultry– Kosher meats must be killed by a shochet, a person trained to slaughter the animal according to kosher law. The animal is examined after slaughter to ensure it doesn't have any non-kosher defects. The meat of deer, antelope, goat, sheep and cow are all considered appropriate kosher meats.  

Milks & Cheese– Foods with dairy are never to be cooked or eaten with meats. You may want to double check that your food delivery service used different utensils and pots for dairy and meat products. If not, they are not considered kosher.