Milk & Meat

Customs for Waiting Between Meat and Milk - I see that some people wait 6 hours between meat and milk, while some wait 3 and some wait 1. Are all these customs valid? Can someone without an established family custom choose whichever custom he wants... More »
Food Cooked in a Dairy/Meat Pot - If a non-dairy food, such as pasta, was cooked in a dairy pot, can it be eaten together with meat? More »
Meat with Soy Milk and Non-Dairy Products - Now that I live on my own I have been using soy milk instead of dairy to avoid problems of milk and meat. Sometimes I deliberately mix them together. This got me thinking that perhaps there is something... More »
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Vessels

China Dishes, Porcelain - We inherited a beautiful set of china from my in-laws, who did not keep kosher. They haven’t been used for at least 20 years. I would like to give them to my married daughter. Is there a way they can be... More »
Hotel Room Coffee Machine - I am staying in a hotel for a few days and it has a Keurig coffee machine. Can I use it (with a kosher K-Cup pod) or is there a concern of it not being kosher? More »
How to Make a Microwave Kosher - Our nanny heated up non-kosher soup in our microwave. Can we make it kosher again? More »
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Animals & Birds

Blood Meal Fertilizer - Is it permissible to use blood meal fertilizer on crops? Does the prohibition against consuming blood include deriving benefit from it, or is it limited to consumption as food? More »
Is Turkey Kosher? - I have heard that there are some Jews who do not consider turkey kosher. Can you tell me the reason for this? As far as I know, turkey with kosher certification is widely available. More »
Kosher Slaughtering - There has been a lot of controversy lately about kosher methods of slaughtering meat. I always thought that kosher was more humane, but now I’m hearing a lot of negative press. What exactly does... More »
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Fish

Buying Fish - I am a frequent traveler and sometimes I find myself in a motel with a kitchenette. Am I able to go to the local fish store and purchase kosher fish? More »
Cooking Meat and Fish Together - Are we allowed to cook meat and fish together in the same over at the same time? More »
Kosher Sushi? - I attend a lot of business functions where they serve sushi and caviar. I try to eat only kosher food. What is the story on this? More »
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Insects

Grasshoppers - One of my co-workers brought a box of chocolate-covered grasshoppers to the office. Many people tried them, but since I keep kosher I begged off, saying that I was grossed out. Did I do the right thing? ... More »
Honey - Since honey is produced by bees, and bees are not a kosher species, how can honey be kosher? More »

Certification & Symbols

Is Coca Cola Kosher? - I've noticed religious Jews buying Coke at my local supermarket, but I don’t understand how it can be kosher if the formula is a big secret. Also, it doesn't say "kosher" anywhere on the... More »
Kosher Symbols - When I was growing up, most kosher products had the symbol O-U. But now there seems to be everything – Texas-K, California-K, Minnesota-K. How do I know what kosher supervision is considered... More »

Misc.

Israeli Produce - My local supermarket carries some Israeli produce like tomatoes, oranges and avocados. I know that the Torah prescribes various laws for crops grown in Israel. Does that apply also to exported produce? ... More »
Kosher Bacon Bits - I have recently begun keeping kosher, and had a philosophical debate with a friend who does not. I want to use soybean "sausage and bacon" products that have kosher symbols, because as long as they're... More »
Kosher Grains - I bought a box of kosher cereal and next to the kosher symbol it said “Yoshon.” Can you tell me what this means? More »
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