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PESACH FOOD AVAILABLE from the following establishments

March 26, 2020

Chef Daniel Israel

Kosher Catering Philadelphia AND  Deluxe Catering Philadelphia

Taking orders for Pesach

 

House of Kosher –

Extensive Pesach menu available.

 

A la Karte

A la Karte is serving our community in this times of uncertainty with Kosher L’Pesach foods at the highest standards of supervision and quality.

This is our first time, in our almost 8 years on business, and we hope to have your support, as we embark in this big effort.

Even though, nobody can guarantee the outcome of the COVID-19 spread, we want to re-assure you that we are and will continue following all guidelines from the CDC and the MONTCO Health Department to maximize the protection of our clients and our staff through the COVID-19 crisis:

  • Contactless pre-order and pre-pay to confirm your order
  • Protective gear at all times during preparation and handling of food
  • Minimal staff in kitchen and alternate shifts to maintain proper distancing
  • Curbides pick up only, no store access

We are accepting PRE-PAID ORDERS for CURBSIDE PICK UP on Tuesday 3/7 in the evening or Wednesday 3/8 in the morning.

Our full menu is published on our website www.alakartecatering.com and can also be found circulating on Facebook, WhatsApp group and Instagram.

If you cant find it, please email us at orders@alakartecatering.com and we will send it you.

We appreciate your cooperation and support,

Ofelia Cohen

Owner & CEO

A la Karte Catering

 

Keystone-K Updated Coronavirus status information from the establishments that have reported to us so far.

March 22, 2020

Keystone-K Updated information from the establishments that have reported to us so far.

 

We plan to share updates on our web-site with the community regarding the status of our establishments as the information becomes available.  We would appreciate it if our establishments keep us posted so that we can share updated information with the community.

 

At this difficult time, when many mitzvos that we perform on a daily basis have become impossible, we should seek mitzvos that we can do.  If you are not at high risk – before you go shopping for yourself you can ask others who might be at high risk what you can pick up for them.  May HaShem protect us all from this virus, and may He heal those who are stricken with the virus as well as other illnesses.

 

All supermarkets are open.

 

A la KARTE Boutique Cuisine and Catering is OPEN for pre-arranged CURBSIDE PICK UP and DOORSTEP DELIVERY.

We offer individual packaged meals and small group family packages – Parve and Meat entree and sides selections, including variety of gluten free options.

After completely professionally cleaning and sanitizing our premises, we continue to follow the government protocols and precautions to keep our clientele and staff safe and healthy. Please check our weekly changing menus on Facebook or our website: www.alakartecatering.com

We have established the 3P’s procedures, to maintain mandated social distancing, and minimize interaction and contact. So please:

PRE ORDER via email to orders@alakartecatering.com

PRE PAY once availability is confirmed via Venmo o by providing your credit card information (Card Number, Expiration Date, CVV and Billing Zip Code)

PICK UP CURBSIDE or ARRANGE DOORSTEP DELIVERY, will be arranged at a mutually convenient time… as always our hours are your hours.

Please do not come into the store. Our address is 302 Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd, across from the Wellsfargo Bank

All phone calls to the store number are being forwarded to Ofelia Cohen’s cell phone.

YOUR SUPPORT IS WHATS KEEPING US ON… THANK YOU !

Ofelia Cohen

A la Karte Boutique Cuisine and Catering, LLC

Owner / CEO

 

Best cake.

Extra caution is being observed to prevent contagion.

Hours: Thurs Friday regular hours. Rest of week open from 10-4.

 

Daniel Israel @ Deluxe Catering

Daniel Israel @ Deluxe Catering are offering assorted raw chicken and meats at good prices in bulk – All Kosher for Passover. We are taking orders for Passover as well as have  weekly Shabbat menus & local delivery. We are also available for catering during the week. We are generally open most of the day, but it’s best to call or email just in case 267-475-0078 or danielcisrael@gmail.com

 

Homemade Goodies by Roz

As of 3/25 Homemade Goodies By Roz we will be reopening on a limited basis. The hours of operations will be from (7:30-1 pm Wednesday -Friday)

Services that’s are available will be Curbside, Call In Orders or delivery.. Delivery charge may apply.

For ALL orders,  we will ONLY be accepting *Credit Card Payments at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and support of Homemade Goodies By Roz. A small business in the community.

Stay Safe and healthy

215-592-9616

510 s. 5th Street

Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

 

Nana’s Kitchen

Nana’s Kitchen and Catering is open for take out and deliveries.

We strictly and professionally  following the government sanitizing advises in order to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy.

Nana’s Kitchen serves Vegetarian, Dairy, and Fish healthy dishes.

Please check daily menus: Www.nanask.com

Orders: (610) 664-9263

Address: 109 N. Narberth, Narberth PA 19072

Hours: Sun to Thu 11am to 7pm

Friday 11am to 3pm

Ask for our special family packages!

For more than 10 people, please check our catering menus and order 24hs In advance.

Your support is what is keeping us on. Thank you!

Gladys Fink Senderowitsch

Nana’s Kitchen & Catering LLC

Owner/CEO

 

NY Bagel – Nick – Haverford Ave and City Line

Regular hours.  Only two people permitted in the store at a time.

 

Organic Delights

Organic Delights – the chocolates have all been made and packaged before anyone heard of the Corona virus, even in China. Orders may be picked up by calling 646 280 7906.

 

R & R

Regular hours

 

Rolings Bakery

Rolings Bakery is open.  Please call 215-635-5524 to verify hours.  One customer is allowed in the store at a time.  Free delivery for the local area.

 

Star of David

Star of David at 942 Montgomery Ave. Penn Valley, PA 19072 is open for pickup and delivery.  The Center City location is temporarily closed.

 

Sweet Trading – Jody Peskin

Curbside pickup and delivery.

 

TASTY TWISTERS PRETZEL COMPANY

The current status is closed.

 

Z-Candy Bar

Z-Candy Bar delivers for free.  www.zcandybar.com call or text 215-432-7444

 

 

 

Ferrara Candies / Atomic Fireballs & Jawbreakers

March 5, 2020

There has been much kashrus confusion with Ferrara candies over the years.  These candies are popular in Mishloach Manos.  To avoid kashrus errors I suggest relying only on Atomic Fireballs and Jawbreakers that have the printed UMK supervision.  Due to many cases of confusion, misinformation, and mislabeling I recommend not using other Ferrara products even if they bear a kosher symbol.

 

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Keystone-K Updated Coronavirus status information from the establishments that have reported to us so far.

March 22, 2020

Keystone-K Updated information from the establishments that have reported to us so far.

 

We plan to share updates on our web-site with the community regarding the status of our establishments as the information becomes available.  We would appreciate it if our establishments keep us posted so that we can share updated information with the community.

 

At this difficult time, when many mitzvos that we perform on a daily basis have become impossible, we should seek mitzvos that we can do.  If you are not at high risk – before you go shopping for yourself you can ask others who might be at high risk what you can pick up for them.  May HaShem protect us all from this virus, and may He heal those who are stricken with the virus as well as other illnesses.

 

All supermarkets are open.

 

A la KARTE Boutique Cuisine and Catering is OPEN for pre-arranged CURBSIDE PICK UP and DOORSTEP DELIVERY.

We offer individual packaged meals and small group family packages – Parve and Meat entree and sides selections, including variety of gluten free options.

After completely professionally cleaning and sanitizing our premises, we continue to follow the government protocols and precautions to keep our clientele and staff safe and healthy. Please check our weekly changing menus on Facebook or our website: www.alakartecatering.com

We have established the 3P’s procedures, to maintain mandated social distancing, and minimize interaction and contact. So please:

PRE ORDER via email to orders@alakartecatering.com

PRE PAY once availability is confirmed via Venmo o by providing your credit card information (Card Number, Expiration Date, CVV and Billing Zip Code)

PICK UP CURBSIDE or ARRANGE DOORSTEP DELIVERY, will be arranged at a mutually convenient time… as always our hours are your hours.

Please do not come into the store. Our address is 302 Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd, across from the Wellsfargo Bank

All phone calls to the store number are being forwarded to Ofelia Cohen’s cell phone.

YOUR SUPPORT IS WHATS KEEPING US ON… THANK YOU !

Ofelia Cohen

A la Karte Boutique Cuisine and Catering, LLC

Owner / CEO

 

Best cake.

Extra caution is being observed to prevent contagion.

Hours: Thurs Friday regular hours. Rest of week open from 10-4.

 

Daniel Israel @ Deluxe Catering

Daniel Israel @ Deluxe Catering are offering assorted raw chicken and meats at good prices in bulk – All Kosher for Passover. We are taking orders for Passover as well as have  weekly Shabbat menus & local delivery. We are also available for catering during the week. We are generally open most of the day, but it’s best to call or email just in case 267-475-0078 or danielcisrael@gmail.com

 

Homemade Goodies by Roz

As of 3/25 Homemade Goodies By Roz we will be reopening on a limited basis. The hours of operations will be from (7:30-1 pm Wednesday -Friday)

Services that’s are available will be Curbside, Call In Orders or delivery.. Delivery charge may apply.

For ALL orders,  we will ONLY be accepting *Credit Card Payments at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and support of Homemade Goodies By Roz. A small business in the community.

Stay Safe and healthy

215-592-9616

510 s. 5th Street

Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

 

Nana’s Kitchen

Nana’s Kitchen and Catering is open for take out and deliveries.

We strictly and professionally  following the government sanitizing advises in order to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy.

Nana’s Kitchen serves Vegetarian, Dairy, and Fish healthy dishes.

Please check daily menus: Www.nanask.com

Orders: (610) 664-9263

Address: 109 N. Narberth, Narberth PA 19072

Hours: Sun to Thu 11am to 7pm

Friday 11am to 3pm

Ask for our special family packages!

For more than 10 people, please check our catering menus and order 24hs In advance.

Your support is what is keeping us on. Thank you!

Gladys Fink Senderowitsch

Nana’s Kitchen & Catering LLC

Owner/CEO

 

NY Bagel – Nick – Haverford Ave and City Line

Regular hours.  Only two people permitted in the store at a time.

 

Organic Delights

Organic Delights – the chocolates have all been made and packaged before anyone heard of the Corona virus, even in China. Orders may be picked up by calling 646 280 7906.

 

R & R

Regular hours

 

Rolings Bakery

Rolings Bakery is open.  Please call 215-635-5524 to verify hours.  One customer is allowed in the store at a time.  Free delivery for the local area.

 

Star of David

Star of David at 942 Montgomery Ave. Penn Valley, PA 19072 is open for pickup and delivery.  The Center City location is temporarily closed.

 

Sweet Trading – Jody Peskin

Curbside pickup and delivery.

 

TASTY TWISTERS PRETZEL COMPANY

The current status is closed.

 

Z-Candy Bar

Z-Candy Bar delivers for free.  www.zcandybar.com call or text 215-432-7444

 

 

 

Kosher for Pesach 2020 – Tequila

KA Kosher of Mexico KFP Tequila List The following are Kosher for Passover under KA-Kosher (Rav Hamachshir Rav Chaim Cohn shlit”a) no symbol required

LIST OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES  APPROVED FOR PESACH 5780

 

TEQUILA

TEQUILA 100% DON EDUARDO BLANCO.

TEQUILA ANTIGUO DE HERRADURA BLANCO 100% AGAVE

TEQUILA EL JIMADOR BLANCO 100% AGAVE

TEQUILA HACIENDA DEL CRISTERO BLANCO 100% AGAVE

TEQUILA HERRADURA BLANCO 100% AGAVE

TEQUILA HERRADURA COLECCION DE LA CASA ( DIRECTO DE ALAMBIQUE) 100% AGAVE

TEQUILA HERRADURA PLATA 100% AGAVE

TEQUILA JIMADOR BCO

GRAN PATRÓN PLATINUM SILVER TEQUILA

GRAN PATRON SMOKY SILVER TEQUILA

PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

TEQUILA

TEQUILA 100% DE AGAVE SILVER GRAN PATRON PLATINIUM

TEQUILA 100% DE AGAVE SILVER PATRÓN

TEQUILA A 59 % ALC.

TEQUILA BLANCO “PATRON”

TEQUILA CREPUSCULO 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA DON MODESTO 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA DS COMPANY 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA EL BANDEÑO 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA ESTRELLA AZUL 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA GRAN CIERVO JOVEN DE JALISCO 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA HECHICERO 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA ORO DE LIDIA 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA REGALO DE DIOS 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA REJÓN BLANCO 750 ML

TEQUILA REJÓN BLANCO 1.750L

TEQUILA REJON BLANCO 100% DE AGAVE 1 L

TEQUILA REJÓN BLANCO 1L

TEQUILA RIVESCA 750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA TORO DE LIDIA 1,750 ML BLANCO

TEQUILA TORO DE LIDIA 750 ML BLANCO

 

 

 

SOTOL

FIESTA CHIHUAHUA

SOTOL

SOTOL EXCÉNTRICO REPOSADO

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA AÑEJO

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA AÑEJO ORO PURO

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA BLANCO, SÍLVER O PLATA

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA H5

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA PLÁTINUM

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA REPOSADO

SOTOL HACIENDA DE CHIHUAHUA RÚSTICO

SOTOL MESH AND BONE

SOTOL MESTEÑO JOVEN

Sotol Puntagave

 

New Kashrus Administrator – Rabbi Yonah Gross

February 23, 2020

Dear Community Members, 

 

On behalf of Community Kashrus of Greater Philadelphia (Keystone-K), we wish a heartfelt Tzeischem L’shalom to Rabbi and Mrs. Eisemann who will be making Aliyah this coming May. Six years ago we engaged Rabbi Eisemann to fill the role of our first full-time Kashrus Administrator. During this time he worked tirelessly to assure the high standards of kashrus our community expects. Under his leadership, the Keystone-K continues to receive the respect and acceptance of all major kashrus agencies. Rabbi Eisemann’s other achievements include the expansion of establishments under our supervision to over fifty in number, employment of some of the latest technologies available for kashrus oversight, and the creation of a user-friendly website. Rabbi Eisemann has also left a lasting impact as a notable mechanech in our community.  For three  decades, he served as a Rebbe, teacher, and school administrator of Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia and Kosloff Torah Academy Girls High School. Additionally, Rabbi Eisemann has played an important role as a local mikvah administrator and as a Mohel for many years.

 

We are excited to announce that Rabbi Yonah Gross will be assuming the position of Keystone-K Kashrus Administrator. Rabbi Gross has served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Hamedrosh in Wynnewood, PA for over ten years, and has been an active member of the rabbinical board of the Keystone-K for the last six years.  He has hands on training in kashrus through the Star-K, and over the years has developed a keen understanding of both the halachic and practical sides of kashrus. We are confident that these skills along with his familiarity with our community, will enable the Keystone-K to provide for the growing kashrus market of our region.

 

It is a great privilege for us to continue to serve the Greater Philadelphia community in providing the highest standard of reliable kashrus. We look forward to much success and growth in the years to come. 

 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Rabbi Dov Brisman

Rabbi Avraham Shmidman

Rabbi Mordechai Terebelo

Rabbi Yehoshua Yeamans

 

 

Pesach Information – (Shopping with your Eyes Wide Open)

February 20, 2020

1-  Many stores carry products with kitniyos (“legumes”) or egg matzah.  Please check ingredients and follow your custom.  These items are a great convenience for the days before Pesach, as you can give them to your children to eat and you don’t have to worry about them leaving the crumbs around the house.  Even those people who do not eat kitniyos / egg matza on Pesach do not need to sell these products before Pesach.

2- It is advisable to double check that items which you find in the Passover section are actually kosher for Pesach.  Sometimes clerks or customers return similar looking items to the wrong shelf.  This is the issue that has the greatest potential for causing serious Pesach halocha concerns.

3- Check the certification even on familiar products.  Many products are certified by a different agency for Pesach than during the rest of the year.  Many product from Eretz Yisroel carry two or more supervisions.  Check that there isn’t a disclaimer (in Hebrew) stating that the supervision you rely upon is not valid for Pesach.

4- Many Products are sold in the same packaging as they are the rest of the year.  The only difference is the Passover symbol.  Check symbols carefully.

5- Some companies change ingredients just for Pesach, such as leaving out the peas from a soup mix for Pesach – without changing the ingredient listing.   I believe that this is irresponsible and causes much confusion.  If you are concerned about this I suggest that you speak to the supervising agency.

6- Many general supermarkets all over the USA sell “Passover Shank-bones” for the Seder plate.  Store owners and managers are not necessarily aware of or concerned about Kashrus issues.  Unless the shank-bone is sealed and marked by an agency you trust, or unless it is given to you directly by a Mashgiach or his representative you should assume that it is not kosher.

7- Many Passover-style products are offered for sale.  Even if a product is a traditional Pesach food (such as macaroons) check that it is certified for Passover use.

8- Please express your thanks to store owners, managers, and Mashgichim.  They have been working hard (and under much tension) to supply the community with Pesach food since Chanuka!

 

Many Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies.

December 2, 2019

 

Keystone-K: Important information from our sister agencies.  As with all halocha matters, you should turn to your own rabbi for Halocha guidance.

From the OU:

Many Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies. Is it permissible to add Worcestershire sauce to meat?

We noted in the past Halacha Yomis that there is a dispute whether fish is nullified in 60 parts. The OU follows the lenient position. As such, Worcestershire sauce that contains anchovies at a ratio of 1:60 may be labeled OU, without a fish designation. However, if the anchovies are more than one part in sixty of the sauce’s components, the product must be labeled OU-Fish.

The question remains whether it is permissible to intentionally add an OU certified Worcestershire sauce, which contains a small percentage of anchovies, to a meat dish? With respect to non-kosher foods, bitul only applies after the fact, should an accidental mixture occur, but it is not permissible to intentionally effectuate bitul (in the words of Chazal, ain mivatlin issur lichatchilla.)Does the same apply to fish, such that it would be prohibited to intentionally introduce fish to a meat dish at a level where the fish would be batel? One can argue that fish is not a prohibited item, but rather a food that poses a danger. Nullification removes the danger and therefore it may be permissible to intentionally nullify the fish component. Rav Elyashiv, zt”l (quoted in P’ninei Ish) maintains that one may in fact add a small amount of fish to meat. As such, one may intentionally add OU certified Worcestershire sauce to a meat dish and consume the final product. This is particularly the case with Worcestershire sauce, since the anchovies were already batel in the sauce itself.

For simplicity’s sake, some companies prefer to label all their Worcestershire sauces with an OU-Fish symbol regardless of whether the amount of fish is nullified or not, and the OU accommodates such requests. One may contact the OU office at kosherq@ou.org to inquire if the amount of fish in a specific brand of sauce which bears an OU-Fish logo is indeed nullified.

 

Establishments with a Sukka for 5780

October 11, 2019

Establishments with a Sukka for 5780

The following establishments plan to have a Sukka for the year 5780 (2019).  We do not have the opportunity to inspect each Sukka before the Chag:

Hillel – University of Pennsylvania

Hillel – Temple University

House of Kosher

Mikva Israel

Sholom Pizzeria

 

Keystone-K – Nana’s Kitchen – Narberth – Great News!

August 27, 2019

Keystone-K – Nana’s Kitchen – Narberth – Great News!

 

IY”H beginning January 8, 2020 Nana’s Kitchen – Narberth, 109 N Narberth Ave., Narberth, PA, will be be opening at this new location.  Pas Yisroel and Cholov Yisroel.  will be available by request only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5778 – 2018 – Stores from which Chometz may be purchased after Pesach:

May 1, 2019

Updated 5/2/2019 based on the latest information shared by the major kashrus agencies.  Please visit this site to check for updates.

Where Chometz May be Purchased after Pesach

Please use our web-site to keep up to date.

We have received queries about Target.  The status of Target has been changed to problematic.

Stores from which Chometz may be purchased after Pesach:

Wine and liquor stores in Pennsylvania are owned by the state.  Therefore, “chometz” drinks which have no Kashrus or other concerns may be purchased at Pennsylvania State Stores immediately after Pesach.  Retail outlets that sell wine and beer and beer stores are not “State Stores”.  Bourbon from the Sazerac Distillery is questionable because of distillation and aging under Jewish ownership.  You can go onto the Sazerac website to see which brands of Bourbon they produce.

Chometz may be purchased at any Keystone-K establishment.

Supermarkets and national chains are not considered Keystone-K establishments, but follow the following guidelines:

Chometz may be purchased after Pesach at KFM (Kosher Foods and More), House of Kosher (HOK), ShopRite Roosevelt Blvd. and the following national chains :  A & L (supplier), Albertson’s, Aldi, Big Lots, BJs, CVS,  Costco, Dollar Tree, Food4Less, Food Lion, K-Mart, Petco, Petsmart, Restaurant Depot, Rite-Aid, Royal Farms, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Shopper’s Food Warehouse, Save a Lot, Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Walmart, Wegman’s,  and Whole Foods.

In addition to this the following stores in the Greater Philadelphia area are OK: All Giants of the Ahold Group (this includes all Philadelphia area Giants – suburbs included), Wawa, The Fresh Grocer on Walnut and 40th Streets, and ShopRite Roosevelt Blvd.  This does not apply to Giants in other areas of the country which are under different ownership.

Acme Markets now have significant Jewish ownership.  The OU took care of selling the “chometz” for all Acme Markets.  Therefore, one can shop at all Acme Markets immediately after Pesach.

Quick turnover items (like bread, cake, and bagels) may be purchased at any major store two weeks after Pesach.  Slower turnover items (like hard pretzels and pasta) may be purchased four weeks after Pesach.

Food items which may contain kitniyos or an insignificant amount of Chometz may be purchased at any store after Pesach.

Keystone-K Kosher for Passover Establishments

April 1, 2019

Kosher for Pesach Food Available at Local Establishments

The contact information for each establishment can be found under “ESTABLISHMENTS”

The following is a list of establishments under Keystone-K supervision that offer Kosher for Pesach items as described.  Unless clearly stated, our supervision is Kosher for Pesach for both Ashkenazim and Sefardim.

Savvati Caterers is planning to offer a Pesach menu for sale and also “sit down”.  Please watch for details.

Chef Daniel Israel will be offering a non-Gebrachts Pesach menu.

Mikveh Israel is planning to offer a Keystone-K Pesach menu.  All Matza and most other items will be Kosher for Pesach according to both Sefardi and Ashkenazi traditions.  All items that contain Kitniyot (legumes) will be clearly marked “Kitniyot/Sefardi”.  Unless marked Keystone-K Sefardi, all foods will be prepared on non-kitniyot utensils and will be appropriate for use according to both the Sefardi and Ashkenazi traditions.

The universities (Penn, Temple, and Drexel) will offer a Pesach menu under Keystone-K supervision.  Only properly packaged and sealed items are supervised at Drexel.  Once the seals are broken the food is no longer supervised by the Keystone-K.  This applies both during Pesach as well as the rest of the year.

Kosher Crops will produce pre-checked vegetables for Pesach.

Palace Royale will be open for limited business.  They will also provide Kosher for Pesach government program meals.

House of Kosher, Giant Wynnewood & Rockledge (Abington), and Shoprite Roosevelt Blvd. carry many Kosher for Passover items.

We will IY”H keep you informed if additional Keystone-K establishments join the Pesach list.

Keystone-K – Updated Romaine Lettuce Health Alert & Raw Vegetables

November 27, 2018

 

Kislev 19, 5779

November 27, 2018

 

The CDC has updated its alert regarding Romaine lettuce.  You may find further information at the following link: https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/general/1630915/us-officials-its-ok-to-eat-some-romaine-lettuce-again.html

 

While I cannot accept legal responsibility for the following information, I am sharing it for those people who may find it helpful.

 

Pos’Tiv and Kosher Gardens Romaine lettuce are grown on dedicated fields and in a controlled environment.  The current outbreak should not affect them.

 

Bodek has been laboratory tested and was found not to be contaminated.

 

Dark green leafy vegetables have many health benefits.  Simply “staying away from vegetables” may be an unhealthy choice.  As many healthy vegetables are “at risk” for contamination, I recommend that the same procedures recommended for insect removal be used for safety as well.   I feel that it is wise to use the following procedures even for raw produce that does not require checking according to halocha.  I suggest following these procedures even when there are no active health alerts.  For halocha reasons we recommend soaking broccoli and cauliflower in a warm solution of FIT or liquid detergent for twenty minutes prior to rinsing vigorously and very thoroughly.  The last rinse water must be checked with a thrip cloth.

 

Use FIT (available at Amazon or FITWASH.COM) or Regal vegi-wash (available at Webstaurantstore.com).  Use at least 3X the recommended amount and vigorously swish the produce in the solution for at least 1 minute.  (Some people use 2 Tablespoons of liquid dish-washer soap (such as DAWN) per gallon of water because it is much less expensive than FIT and REGAL.  I prefer FIT or Regal for health reasons.)  Rinse very well.  Check the last rinse water for infestation with a thrip cloth.   I have large thrip cloths available for sale at $10 each.  I also have a limited amount of vegi-wash available for sale.

 

(Contaminated produce should not be used even when carefully cleaned.)

Torah/Halacha

Technology and Scientific Developments Impact on Halocha / Lettuce, Chicken, Ovens, Refrigeration, Lab Grown Meat

Technology and Scientific Developments Impact on Halocha / Lettuce, Chicken, Ovens, Refrigeration, Lab Grown Meat Rav Yaakov Yisroel Kanievsky zt”l (The Steipler) in his Sefer, Chayai Olam, quotes the Zohar that the wellsprings of scientific knowledge will gush forth during the latter part of the sixth millennia.   We all see that this scientific progress may … Continued

Tevillas Keilim

What needs Tevilla? Utensils which are used for eating or for preparing food require tevilla.  Those utensils that are used in early stages of preparation of food do not require tevilla, for example equipment used to harvest food and equipment used to sift flour.   Only utensils owned by someone who is Jewish that were … Continued

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