Friday, September 14, 2012

ALERT: Does the שליח ציבור consume cholov stam / akum (treif)?

ALERT: Does the שליח ציבור consume cholov stam / akum (treif)?

According to most prominent Poiskim the vet operated cows are Treif & their milk products are therefore Treif. Poiskim include Rav Shmuel Wosner, Shlita, Rav Sholom Eliyashev, Z"L, etc

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Vegetable oils "OU-Mehadrin" standard

In Vegetable oil what would be considered Mehadrin?
What are the other standards available?

Mehadrin= Produced in an all kosher facility. Processed from the crush of the bean through the complete refining, processing, & packaging all in the same plant-That's a mehadrin product.
The Nature Valley brand "vegetable oil" (soybean) [not their other oils, e.g. corn] sold by Dollar General stores.
The Carlini brand "vegetable oil" (soybean) [not their other oils, e.g. corn] sold in the Aldis stores.
The Carlini & the Nature Valley brands are the MEHADRIN brands. BTW- Both are OU Mehadrin certified brands.

Other oils with a lower standard would include the ones processed in an AV plant (Animal/Vegetable), or transported by tank, tanker, rail car, etc for further processing & packaging.

The Heimish fall under this lower standard category. A certain heimish brand "special production". They took the processed oil from an OU facility, trucked it in an OU kashered tanker, bottled it in a facility with a heimish mashgiach and it became a Heimish "special production". The mashgiach was in the "HEIM" for production & came for the bottling.

Why would one pay a premium for the Heimish brand, when you could buy an OU oil with less transpotation kashrus issues? I give up!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The CONCORD grape is in season, so what?

The CONCORD grape is in season, so what?
Due to the infestation on the skin of grapes, it was not practical to wash each grape separately.

The Concord grape has a thick skin, and one can "POP" out the grape inside & not eat the skin.

Monday, September 03, 2012

בית יוסף Who's Bais Yosef beef to use?

בית יוסף
Who's Bais Yosef beef to use?
Solomon's, Fishel's,
Kiras Joel (even when not marked as Bais yosef) 
or Teva Bais Yosef בית יוסף beef. [Don't confuse with tevya, which is not acceptable]

Alle / Meal mart changed their bedikas & nikur standards to a new standard by a Rabbi Yakobovitch, shlita.