When it comes to kosher foods, there is a certain degree of confusion, especially when it comes to understanding which foods are kosher and which aren’t. In accordance with Jewish dietary law, kosher certification means meat and milk products are not mixed together, and animal products from non-kosher food animals are not included. Kosher meat is from animals that are properly slaughtered. On many packaged foods, companies will add a symbol such as a K or a U in a circle to indicate that it has been certified as kosher.
There are many kosher ingredient requirements that must be met for something to be within kosher law. Prime Planet understands these requirements, which is why our tostones are kosher on top of being certified non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan. Here are some of the specifics of kosher requirements:
- Dairy: Dairy products need to come from kosher animals. Also, all equipment and ingredients used to produce the dairy product also need to be kosher.
- Fruits and vegetables: These are kosher but should be washed to remove any insects before they are consumed.
- Nuts and seeds: These are also kosher foods, but if they have been processed, then they must be recertified kosher before consumption.
- Fish: If they have fins and scales, they are kosher. Shellfish, including crab, lobster, shrimp, and others, are not kosher.
If there is still any confusion about what snacks are kosher, our team of professionals can help with some different kosher snack ideas.
Kosher Snack Ideas
Keeping snacks kosher can be an easy task as long as the packaging is read properly, along with having a basic understanding of what kosher is. Here are a few ideas to help get customers started as they continue to learn more:
- Bobo’s Oat Bars, Bites, and Toaster Pastries – While not all protein bars are kosher, this brand is certified. You can check their labels to see what the kosher certification looks like.
- Natural Real Fruit Bars by That’s it. – These bars come in six different flavors and fruit pairings. Not only are they kosher certified, but they also happen to be vegan and paleo for those who follow these dietary restrictions.
- Popcorn – This is an easy, delicious, and healthy kosher snack. It can be made from scratch to ensure that it is kosher, or there are certified brands sold in stores.
- Fruit and Nut Butter – Plain, raw fruit and kosher-certified nut butter is a simple snack option. A handful of nuts contain extra protein and can be added for something a little more filling.
- Veggie Sticks and Kosher Dips – This is another easy kosher snack option. Raw veggies, like celery or carrots, can be chopped up and dipped into a yummy dip as long as it is kosher-certified. Dips can also be made at home using Greek yogurt, herbs, or even blending up chickpeas to make fresh hummus.
When it comes to making homemade dips like hummus and even guacamole, different spices and herbs can be mixed as long as non-kosher meat or dairy products are not mixed in or used.