Look, Up in the Sky: It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Kosher Food at the Airport

FROM KOSHER TODAY  JUNE 26, 2017

Kosher Food at Many Airports Only a Matter of Time Despite Setback, Experts Say

New York – When the kosher stand at the Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (Terminal 3) abruptly closed several weeks ago, some kosher food experts expressed doubt about the future of kosher availability at airports. In fact, Kosher Today found that many airport concessions in several major airports were in discussion with potential kosher suppliers. Although the Delaware North Company, which operates the catering concessions a Ft. Lauderdale, failed to explain the closure, most experts said that the company was simply not meeting the projections. According to one online post: “The company is privately-held, and is owned by Mr. Jeremy Jacobs, who also owns the Boston Bruins ice hockey team. For the record, Mr. Jacobs is Jewish.” In fact, Delaware North provided the glatt kosher meals in the luxury boxes at Met Life Stadium during the large Siyum Hashas (completion of the Talmud) celebration in 2012. The real issue, say the experts, is finding the right model of service. Herman Franczoz of the Franczoz Baking Corp. in Brooklyn had unsuccessfully tried to serve kosher at the Hudson News concession at Logan Airport. “What is critical is that the concessionaire be educated in kosher; otherwise they will be serving bread on Passover,” said Mr. Franczoz. He also opined that concessions like Hudson need to actively promote their kosher offerings. Hudson is believed to be one of the large concessionaires that is in discussion to provide the kosher fare.

The most successful supplier of kosher foods at airports is Hackensack NJ based Fresko, which in addition to offering kosher sandwiches at many locations in all three New York metro airports also features the only glatt kosher concession at Newark’s Liberty International Airport. Fresko is one of the few USDA approved facilities to prepare the kosher fare. Certified by the Star-K Kosher Certification and the Tartikover Bet Din, Fresko offers a variety of wraps, sandwiches, salads and snacks. The foods are sold as CIBO, Fresko, Yummy’s or Box Chef. Erik Gross of Fresko reveals that most of his customers (as much as 70%) are not your traditional kosher consumers. “They pick up the sandwiches and when they see it’s kosher actually feel good about their purchase.” Others in the industry agreed that the kosher food does better when kosher is not necessarily flagged with some saying that Ft. Lauderdale’s kosher concession should not have identified the stand as kosher. “Just have a kosher stand,” said one traveler. “We’ll find you and word of mouth will do the rest, but at least the stand will make money from all customers,” said one local kosher restaurateur in Miami. What is certainly not open to debate is the soaring number of kosher travelers at major airports. One rabbi said: “It is imperative that our community support these programs by making sure to buy the food whenever they travel.”

 

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Gluten Free Snack Crackers

PRESS RELEASE

 

Gluten-Free Snack Crackers

Made without rice, corn, or soy fillers! Crafted with cassava flour and five ancient grains, Free for All Kitchen crackers are gluten-free, non-GMO, and certified Kosher. Available in Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Roasted Garlic & Rosemary, and Olive Oil & Herb. 5-oz. boxes, 6 per case.
All products are non-GMO, certified kosher and contain no preservatives, hydrogenated oils, or trans fats. Choose from over 20 delicious flavors, including Rosemary & Garlic, Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Everything & More, Stone Ground Wheat, Stone Ground Rye & Flax, Chocolate Vanilla Swirl, Lightly Lemon, and Harvest Fruit. Crackers are available in a variety of packaging sizes and cuts, i.e. flatbread, hors d’oeuvre, and bite size. Products are distributed nationwide in the US and Canada.
Posted on July 5, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Push Cart Onion Sauce

FROM MR. FOOD TEST KITCHEN

 

What You’ll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions, cut in half then into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 pinch  of ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash of hot pepper sauce
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 cup water
What To Do:
  1. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat; add onions and saute until golden and limp, about 7 minutes.
  2. Stir in ketchup then add cinnamon, chili powder, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Stir in water and bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until mixture is heated through.
Note
  • This is really great spooned over cooked hot dogs, but try it with other foods, too, and watch how fast they disappear!
Posted on July 4, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Uglies Snacks

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Since 1964, Dieffenbach’s Potato Chips, Inc. has been dedicated to creating “Truly Enjoyable Snacks”. We are a third generation, family owned and operated kettle chip manufacturer established in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania who is passionate about delivering premium quality, exceptional customer service and true innovation to our customers. Our proprietary brands consist of Dieffenbach’s ®, One Potato Two Potato® and Uglies ®.

One Potato Snacks was launched in 2013 to offer consumers a better for you snacking experience that’s fun and exciting. One Potato Two Potato branded kettle potato chips, sweet potato chips and root vegetable medley chips are non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free certified and OU Kosher. Our kettle chips are hand-cooked in small batches using custom seasoning and prepared in 100% expeller-pressed sunflower oil…  Simply Delicious!

We are also thrilled to announce our latest brand, Uglies Kettle Chips which are crafted from surplus and rejected potatoes with minor imperfections to help reduce waste and fight hunger.  40% of all food wasted in the U.S. goes uneaten, 26% of produce gets rejected for cosmetic reasons.  If we reduce food waste by 15%, we could feed 25 million Americans! Our Uglies kettle chips are manufactured on site in small batches using custom seasonings.  They are made with non-GMO ingredients, gluten free and OU kosher certified.  Join the UGLY revolution… Always Ugly.  Always Delicious.

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Who Pays the Mashgiach?

Mashgiach- kosher supervisor, i.e., the person who sees to it that all the kosher rules are followed.

In far too many cases, a mashgiach is paid directly by the business for which  he gives supervision.  This can create a whole host of problems, not the least of which is the honesty of the mashgiach.

A mashgiach has but one job, and that is to supervise the kitchen and the food it produces.  The mashgiach is responsible to make sure that every ingredient used in the preparation of the food is certified kosher. The mashgiach is also responsible to see to it that no outside food is brought into the food establishment.

The cost of this supervision is not cheap, but, on the other hand, the fee the mashgiach receives is not large.  For the business, the cost of the mashgiach may be onerous in terms of the profits the business is able to make.

Many stores, therefore, ask the mashgiach to do other work.  That might include running the cash register. Also the mashgiach is responsible for checking the vegetables for insects.  Many places have the mashgiach crack all the eggs to be sure there are no blood spots in them. The mashgiach’s work begins long before the first meal is served or the food prepared.

When a store hires a mashgiach directly, the mashgiach is literally at the mercy of the owner.  He is an at-will employee, one who can be fired at any time for just about any reason.

Jobs are not easy to find today.  The mashgiach knows that he must be a “team player.” If he is too strict, he may lose his job. If the owner decides that he wants the mashgiach to enforce different standards, the mashgiach could be fired if he says no to the owner.

As a result, the mashgiach is often in a position of second guessing himself.  “Is this really no good, or is it barely acceptable?”  “Can I live with this?”   Most important of all, the mashgiach is faced with the major question, “Is this worth losing my job?”

Once that happens, the mashgiach has been put in a precarious and compromised position.  Let’s give an example.  A case of stuffed mushrooms comes into the commissary.  The box has a different kosher mark on it.  The mashgiach phones the distributor who tells him/her that he does not have their regular brand, but he does have this other brand which is marked kosher.

The problem is that the usual product has a superior kosher supervision, that of the “You know we are the best kosher supervision agency (YKWATBKSA symbol).”  This other box has the certification of the “Parrot Kosher” agency, an agency located on  El Tiperillo (the stink hole of the Caribbean), where there are no Jews and the mashgiach only visits once a decade.

The mushrooms are needed for a catering tonight.  What does the mashgiach do? A truly independent mashgiach would inform the owner that the mushrooms were not acceptable.  The owner would lose his temper. The mashgiach would not lose his job.  The owner would get over it.

A mashgiach paid by the business, now has to second guess himself.  “What should I do?  I cannot afford to lose this job.”

BINGO!  And there is the problem.  No mashgiach should be paid by the business. The business needs to pay the agency, and the agency will pay the mashgiach. Should the owner want to fire the mashgiach, it will have to be with the agency’s permission and a replacement.

We gave hashgacha (kosher supervision) to a bakery for a very long time.  We never charged for our services.  As a community rabbi, it was our heartfelt conviction that we should do that as a benefit to the community.

As it happened, the owners were Gentiles who were very respectful of kosher laws and regulations.  There was never a question as to any decisions by the mashgiach. By not charging, we literally could afford to walk away at any time.

That gave us a tremendous amount of freedom and, in truth, honesty.  Were the owners unhappy sometimes with the decisions we made? Of course they were.  But they accepted those decisions.

The mashgiach must be independent of the store owner’s whims and payroll.

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mariner Organic Saltine Crackers (OU)

PRESS RELEASE

Organic Saltines

Venus Wafers introduces Mariner Non-GMO verified Organic Saltine crackers under its The Original Mariner Biscuit Company brand. Venus previously received authority from the Non-GMO Project to display their seal of approval on their retail packages of Mariner Water, Stoned Wheat, Organic Flatbread crackers and is now adding the Organic Saltines to this expanding range. The Mariner Organic Saltine crackers are available in 5.5- and 1.5-ounce sizes.

The Mariner Organic Saltine crackers items have also been Certified Organic by QAI, verified Vegan by the Vegan Action/Vegan Awareness Foundation and certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Top Rates Beer from Israel

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Mivshelet HaShakhen (השכן)

IPA – American

Extremely Hoppy craft beer. Contract brewed at Beer Bazaar / Mivshelet Ha’Aretz.

6% ABV

41 IBU

(3.72)

211 Ratings

Added 05/05/15

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Bhindi IPA

Beer Bazaar / Mivshelet Ha’Aretz

IPA – American

.IPA בירה טרייה בסגנון Previously contract-brewed at Srigim Brewery and Golan Brewery.

5.5% ABV

42 IBU

(3.71)

262 Ratings

Added 06/12/15

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The Beer of Milk & Honey

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Stout – Imperial Milk / Sweet

A collaboration brew with Mikkeller. Brewed with lactose, honey, brown sugar and orange zest.

8.4% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.69)

3,883 Ratings

Added 09/05/16

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Ronen The Ugly Beer (הבירה המכוערת)

Srigim (שריגים)

IPA – American

Strong IPA with lychee and passion fruit aroma, pink grapefruit in taste. Gold medal winner at BIRA 2011 Competition. Awarded 2013 Best Beer in Israel… Read More

6.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.69)

435 Ratings

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5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.68)

370 Ratings

Added 07/14/11

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Embargo (אמברגו)

Herzl (הרצל)

Porter – Other

Cuban tobacco leaf Porter

6% ABV

25 IBU

(3.67)

352 Ratings

Added 01/06/15

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9.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.64)

234 Ratings

Added 01/21/14

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Midnight Stout

The Dancing Camel Brewing Co., Ltd.

Stout – Other

Black as coal with a creamy tan head, thick as the afternoon haze over Tel Aviv. Signature stout roastiness provides notes of espresso and Turkish coffee,… Read More

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.62)

239 Ratings

Added 07/05/12

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Black (בלאק)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Porter – Other

Exported as “Black Israeli Porter”. A rosted flavor with chocolaty aroma, a high but delicate alcoholic sense

7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.61)

770 Ratings

Added 12/20/12

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8.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.59)

291 Ratings

Added 03/18/12

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8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.59)

374 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Hindi IPA

Malka (מלכה)

IPA – American

6.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

371 Ratings

Added 02/08/14

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Dry Stout (כהה)

Malka (מלכה)

Stout – Other

Light and extremely balanced with hints of fruit leather, fig and currant

6% ABV

40 IBU

(3.58)

2,334 Ratings

Added 11/01/13

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Porter Alon (Oak Porter)

Negev Brewery

Porter – Other

Cloudy dark porter, ages with oak chips which provide a creamy and reach flavor. Delicate bitterness and a full body beer

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

351 Ratings

Added 03/08/12

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5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

224 Ratings

Added 10/17/12

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8.8

Jem’s Beer Factory

Belgian Strong Golden Ale

8.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

574 Ratings

Added 02/05/12

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Amber ale

Jem’s Beer Factory

Red Ale – American Amber / Red

5.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.57)

292 Ratings

Added 10/17/12

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Ipa וזה…

Herzl (הרצל)

IPA – American

7% ABV

51 IBU

(3.57)

409 Ratings

Added 11/06/13

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Leche Del Diablo

The Dancing Camel Brewing Co., Ltd.

Witbier

A Wit with a bite, the Diablo is a chili-pepper wheat beer for people who don’t love chili-pepper beers. The easy drinkability of a Wit with the slow-building… Read More

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.57)

261 Ratings

Added 07/05/12

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Fat Cat Pale Ale

Beer Bazaar / Mivshelet Ha’Aretz

Pale Ale – American

בירה טרייה בסגנון פייל אייל קליל וטעים Originally was brewed as Carmel pale ale by Mivshelet Ha’am, then brewed in Srigim.…

5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.56)

352 Ratings

Added 11/25/13

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Stout

Jem’s Beer Factory

Stout – Other

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

150 Ratings

Added 11/09/12

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5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

284 Ratings

Added 07/27/12

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7.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

464 Ratings

Added 11/29/13

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Pale Ale (פייל אייל)

Shapiro (שפירא)

Pale Ale – American

Also labeled as “Purim Edition” for Purim Jewish Holiday.

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

560 Ratings

Added 02/27/12

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Negev Amber Ale

Negev Brewery

Red Ale – American Amber / Red

Reddish amber colored beer. Nice balance between the sweetness of caramel malt and on the other hand fresh hop bitterness.

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.54)

467 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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5.1% ABV

17 IBU

(3.54)

247 Ratings

Added 08/22/12

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5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.53)

380 Ratings

Added 02/27/12

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IPA

Jem’s Beer Factory

IPA – American

6% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.53)

184 Ratings

Added 06/19/14

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Eve

The Dancing Camel Brewing Co., Ltd.

Blonde Ale

All natural, bright as sunshine with a firm body that you can sink your teeth into. The Mother of all beers, light, refreshing and bubbly as a Blond Ale… Read More

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.53)

183 Ratings

Added 07/05/12

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Bazelet Pilsner (בזלת פילזנר)

Golan Brewery (מבשלת הגולן)

Pilsner – Czech

A tasty lager, hearty and smooth

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.52)

213 Ratings

Added 06/29/12

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5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.51)

222 Ratings

Added 06/22/12

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8% ABV

30 IBU

(3.51)

205 Ratings

Added 11/06/13

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6.4% ABV

22 IBU

(3.51)

518 Ratings

Added 10/13/11

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Blazer (בלייזר)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Belgian Tripel

Brewed in collaboration with Blazer magazine.

8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.5)

198 Ratings

Added 12/29/13

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Shesh Ahuz Kapara (שש אחוז כפרה)

Herzl (הרצל)

English Mild Ale

Imperial Mandatory Mild

6% ABV

33 IBU

(3.5)

204 Ratings

Added 11/06/13

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Blonde Ale (בהירה)

Malka (מלכה)

Blonde Ale – Belgian Blonde / Golden

6.5% ABV

30 IBU

(3.5)

1,677 Ratings

Added 07/31/12

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Oasis

Negev Brewery

Blonde Ale

Golden and light, quenching and refreshing as a bursting spring at the heart of the desert

4.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.49)

381 Ratings

Added 08/06/13

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Ambrée (אמברה)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Bière de Garde

Top fermented ale with an amber, clear, off-white foamy head. Malt, caramel, forest earth and spices on the nose. Tastes balanced with malt up front and… Read More

5.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.48)

351 Ratings

Added 03/30/12

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Green (גרין)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

IPA – American

The second in the seasonal beers series by Alexander brewery – the Green is a hoppy beer based on the known IPA style but with an Israeli twist. The hops… Read More

6% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.48)

969 Ratings

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5% ABV

20 IBU

(3.46)

276 Ratings

Added 02/14/13

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Pils

Jem’s Beer Factory

Pilsner – Czech

Czech style Pilsner. Relabeled as “MTA” for Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team.

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.44)

294 Ratings

Added 06/18/11

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5.5% ABV

40 IBU

(3.44)

1,938 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Blonde (בלונד)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Blonde Ale

Our Blonde has floral and fruity aromas and a heavenly balance between hop’s bitterness and malt’s sweetness

5.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.42)

483 Ratings

Added 07/20/12

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Goldstar Unfiltered

Tempo Beer Industries Ltd (טמפו)

Lager – Dunkel Munich

Special unfiltered version of the classic Goldstar

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.34)

1,110 Ratings

Added 03/13/13

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7.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.31)

319 Ratings

Added 12/01/14

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4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.2)

5,375 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Nesher (נשר)

Tempo Beer Industries Ltd (טמפו)

Lager – Euro

הבירה הראשונה שיוצרה בישראל. בירת לאגר בהירה וקלה, מיוצרת מדגנים נוספים מלבד שעורה,…

3.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.2)

180 Ratings

Added 12/17/12

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Tuborg Red (Israel)

Israel Beer Breweries Ltd. (IBBL)

Lager – Vienna

Genuine quality – Rich Taste

5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.18)

1,287 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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0.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.16)

162 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Mosco Blond

Mosco (מוסקו)

Blonde Ale

Blond Strong Ale Mountain Beer. Hand Made.

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Watermelon…….. MMMMMMMMMMMM

For us, the best part of summer is watermelon.  Here in Israel, watermelons are already at peak sweetness and will continue that way through the rest of the summer.

Here is a great serving idea for watermelon:

Take a really big bowl  Fill it with chunks of sweet watermelon.

Finely chop nana (Moroccan mint) Spearmint will also do well

Sprinkle the nana on the watermelon chunks

Drizzle with fresh lemon juice.

Voila!

 

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Kosher Desserts, Kosher Kitchen, Kosher Recipes

Chocolate Chip Noodle Kugel

This is an encore presentation from 2005.  We only recently found the recipe hiding in our recipe folder.  We had never made it before.  Now we can say that this is amazing.

CHOCOLATE CHIP NOODLE KUGEL

We got this recipe from the Jewish food list.

1/2 lb. medium noodles or chocolate noodles
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream (or vanilla yogurt)
1/2 lb. cottage cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup butter or margarine, butter is better
3/4 cup chocolate chips
cornflake crumbs

Boil noodles and drain in cold water.

In bowl, beat together eggs and sugar. Then add cottage cheese, sour cream and vanilla. Melt butter and use 1/2 in the mixture; (save the rest). Fold in the noodles and chips to the mixture.

In 9″x13″ pan put rest of the melted butter on the bottom and sprinkle corn flakes over the butter. Fold in the noodle mix.

Bake at 350F for one hour or until brown.

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Kosher Meat Fraud in Israel

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST, JUNE 20, 2017

A severe incident of kashrut fraud has come to light in which meat that in all likelihood was not kosher was used to make processed meat products such as sausages, salamis and cold cuts with a kashrut license from the Jerusalem Rabbinate.

In addition, the kashrut inspector at the factory knew of this situation but continued to allow the factory to operate in this manner while granting it a kashrut license and failing to report the situation to the Jerusalem Rabbinate or the Chief Rabbinat

Furthermore, the inspector knew the factory had no designated kashrut supervisor from the Jerusalem Rabbinate, meaning that the plant was entirely without physical kashrut supervision for a period of at least 18 months.

Kashrut supervisors are appointed by local rabbinates to be physically present at a food business for at least one hour a day, while kashrut inspectors oversee the correct functioning of numerous kashrut supervisors at numerous businesses.

The factory in question is the Bisan plant in the Atarot Industrial Zone in Jerusalem. Some of its products are marketed under the “Beit Shean” brand, while other products simply bear the name “Bisan.”

A statement distributed by the Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut Enforcement Division instructed consumers who are concerned about kashrut not to purchase the products and to report establishments that are selling them.

According to one well-placed source, the factory was producing kosher products during one half of the week and nonkosher products during the other half. Therefore, the source said it was not yet clear if non kosher meat was used in the products intended for the kosher market.

Even if this were the case, the use of non kosher meat in a factory processing plant would almost certainly mean that any other products made there would not be kosher.

A source within the Jerusalem Rabbinate insisted that the meat found at the factory was without the necessary signatures and written certifications, and said that since there had been no kashrut supervisor at the factory for such a long time the meat had to be considered non kosher.

The Bisan plant has a kashrut license from the Jerusalem Rabbinate, but has had no kashrut supervisor working at the site since some time in 2015 – a fact which would have been known to the kashrut inspector.  Despite this, the inspector continued to grant Bisan’s various meat products the Jerusalem Rabbinate’s kashrut stamp, likely knowing the factory was also producing nonkosher products.

According to the source in the Jerusalem Rabbinate, the situation was discovered when one of its kashrut supervisors noticed that Bisan products had a kashrut stamp when he knew for certain that no kashrut supervisor was working at the factory.

He then informed a kashrut inspector he knew about the situation who, in turn, alerted the Chief Rabbinate’s unit for kashrut fraud, which, together with agents from the Health Ministry, raided the factory earlier this month and confiscated and destroyed 10 tons of poultry meat.

Tens of thousands of counterfeit kashrut labels were also found and confiscated.

In addition to the lack of kashrut standards, the conditions at the factory were found to be in contravention of Health Ministry regulations, which the ministry said could pose health hazards to consumers of these products.

Officials in the Jerusalem Rabbinate did not answer a request for comment as to how it was possible that a meat factory under its auspices and granted its kashrut license did not have an allocated kashrut supervisor.

The office of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern said that since the incident was still under investigation he could not comment, but stated that, if it was true, the Jerusalem Rabbinate would fire the kashrut inspector responsible and would “tighten regulations and oversight” to prevent such problems from recurring in the future.

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Note how Chief Rabbi Stern took no responsibility.   Shameful.

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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