Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Yes, but is it Kosher?

Up till this point i have ignored the issue of Kosher food. Well i guess thats not completely true - i have been following principles of ethical eating. We use the minimum air miles for food we buy, so buy seasonally and locally. We only eat organic meat as this means that some level of animal welfare is assured. Looking at kosher laws we have primarily felt that in forbidding eating animals likes pigs and shellfish it seems the intention was to outlaw food that is dangerous to eat in places which don't have refrigeration. However, we agreed that when we moved into our own place we would go kosher for at least a month, try and embrace it and see where we are at with it.

The list of foods that are tray (forbidden) that we don't care about : camel, rodents, repltails, animals that died of natural causes, eagles, hawks, vultures. Can live with not eating those.

On the other hand, pork, rabbit, clam, lobster, swordfish, crab, prawns. Thats more of a struggle. Worse still the sciatic nerve in the hindquarters is forbidden this is very hard to remove and as such filet mignon, sirloin steaks, etc unless from a kosher certified butcher are off the menu. I am not a happy bunny - which is fine as i am not allowed to eat them :(

1 comment:

  1. I have been deliberately avoiding forbidden animals for a few months now, though not 100%. For example when I was really sick this pregnancy I bought a sausage sandwich, and paid for it by having indigestion for the following day and night (I had been kosher for two months before that). I have found something I never would have guessed - that my body actually reacts badly to pork and shellfish. It seems daft to feel so surprised: after all, the more I know about the eating habits of pigs the less I want to eat them anyway. :S

    (Husband and two of the children have no interest in giving up pork, but they've gotten used to me cooking differently. The only personal dilemma for me has been in whether to refuse non-kosher foods in other peoples' homes. So far, I have felt the priority is in accepting food as a gift of friendship.)