Kosher food, to put it simply, is any food that follows the Jewish dietary laws, known to Jewish as kashrut. Kashrut comes from the Hebrew word which means “proper” or “fit”.

Before we move on with kosher food, it is important to remember that not all Jewish food is kosher food. There are traditional Jewish foods that are not prepared according to the Jewish dietary laws hence they cannot be considered as kosher food.


Going back to kosher food, it is necessary for you to be familiar with the Jewish dietary laws in order to distinguish kosher food from other Jewish foods. Most of the Jewish dietary laws come from the Bible while the others are from the elucidation of rabbis.

Here are some of the Jewish dietary laws which point out those which can be regarded as kosher food:

1. Cloven hoofed and cud-chewing mammals are kosher. Examples of such animals are sheep, deer, and goat. This is according to the Old Testament.

2. The only birds that are considered kosher are chicken, duck, goose, and turkey.

3. For a fish or seafood to be kosher, it must have fins and scales that are easily removed. Therefore, lobsters, shrimps, clams, and shellfish, in general, are not kosher. Tuna, carp, and herring can be kosher provided that they are prepared by a kosher fishmonger.

4. Fish and meat must not be served together. The same goes for milk and meat.

5. Processed food should be prepared when a rabbi is present.

6. Meat should be slaughtered under the guidelines known as shechita. Shechita dictates that the animal should feel no pain when being slaughtered.

7. A different set of utensils should be used in preparing kosher food.

Seeing that kosher food is governed with many laws, it may seem hard for consumers to separate kosher from non-kosher food. Well, you do not have to worry if what you are buying is kosher or not. Consumers, nowadays, can easily distinguish kosher food through the kashrut certification. This certification is visible in the food package.